Not another apocalypse…

The Edge has been in the apocalypse business before. Back in 2011 (it doesn’t seem that long ago) as a part of the Festival of Ideas we delivered the Climate Zombie Apocalypse; a live-action zombie adventure game that took over the entire Edge building, turning the space into a wasteland of community volunteers in full zombie makeup, with desperate players trying to survive buckets of chocolate topping. 


To date, we’ve run three apocalypse events – all of them created for, with, and by our community – each bigger than the last, and squarely focused on learning in art, science, technology and event management. Back then, we called these events ‘apocalypses’, which was actually not entirely correct. Cue the (Wikipedia) definition:

An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω, literally meaning “an uncovering”) is a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities”. 

Post events, and six years on, The Edge is older, (maybe) wiser, and we can’t help but wonder… “what if we ventured into the apocalypse business again?”. But, this time around, reflecting on the root meaning of the word – an uncovering, a disclosure of knowledge or revelation.


We want to hear from you…

Join the conversation on Facebook, post a comment below, or email us at what.the(AT) and tell us what the word ‘apocalypse’ means to you.



Thumbnail image credit // On The Edge II,  2015, Collage, Rachael Bartram

One Last Apocalypse

One reply to “Not another apocalypse…

  1. David Johnston

    Hey guys I was at all 3 zompoc events (Im the mechanic with a screwdriver through my arm bottom left in the group zombie photo) and Ive also been to the mighty 600+ player Zedtown events in Sydney 3 times as well.

    For me apocalypse, means swarms of undead pouring around every corner.

    I think if you guys do it again, stage a 20min walkthrough with costumed zeds acting out a script for groups of 4 ‘players’ armed with nerf blasters. Then reset it and take another 4. Get them to solve puzzles and finish with a get to the chopper (twist – its a motorbike and can only take 2!)

    Over 1-2 nights at say 20mins for the game and 10 minutes to reset the set, you could take quite a few groups through and offer a fun survival experience for many. The fact it is scripted would also mean better use of the play area at the edge.

    Id LOVE to get involved and volunteer as an event organizer/creative assistant/errand runner for this if you guys do one again!!

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