Pictoplasma, the world’s leading conference and festival of contemporary character design returned to Berlin in April to celebrate 10 years of character fuelled talks, groundbreaking exhibitions, legendary parties and eye-opening workshops on a fantastic scale.

Founded in 2004 by Lars Denicke and Peter Thaler, who were “motivated by the desire to meet the artists behind the characters that impressed us the most,” the conference is staged twice a year in Berlin and New York, with frequent exhibitions and projects curated in Europe and farther afield.

I’ve attended the festival several times over the last few years and witnessed first hand the colourful chaos of the character walk, playful and interactive installations by the likes of  Friends with You and DOMA – and the never ending buzz of meeting and networking with like-minded creatives. So my expectations were high for the 10th anniversary edition of the festival and what surprises might be in store.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see what I discovered.

Photos by Kind Instants