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Call for Artists

Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency in collaboration with Pro Helvetia & ANT 

Call for artists addressing technology and/or creative technologists to participate in the annual Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival’s creative residency in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Call applicable only for individuals living in or working from of SADC countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, DRC and Tanzania.
Application Deadline: June 30th 2017
Number of Places: 3
Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency Focus: The focus of the Fak’ugesi Festival in 2017 is the role of collaborative and interdisciplinary practice between technology, art and culture.
In 2017 we are highlighting bravery as an important characteristic in how young Africans need to engage in a globalised information economy.
2017 has challenged the bravest of us; this year FAK’UGESI AFRICAN DIGITAL INNOVATION FESTIVAL salutes digital Africans that follow their hearts and live bravely.


We are looking for artists and creative technologists who are exploring: digital art and interdisciplinary practices between technology, creativity and culture in Africa.
Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency Dates: 1 month, 10 Aug to 16 September 2017.
Supported by the Residency: Travel to Johannesburg from SADC country, accommodation, per diems, foundational production budget. Some mentorship and production support.
Fak’ugesi Festival Dates: 6th – 16th September 2017
More Information:
Residency Expectations: Successful applicants will be are required to be in Johannesburg for the full residency period. Residents are expected to develop work in residence (either collaboratively with the other residents or independently). Residents are expected to engage publically through their practice with attendees via either workshops or talks. The required residency outcome is to produce a work (the format is open: installation, screen based, performance, app, game, etc.) for a final exhibition to open on Friday the 8th September 2017 as part of the Fak’ugesi Festival program in Johannesburg.
To see more on the Fak’ugesi Festival visit our YouTube Channel:

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To guide you- have a look at our 2015 manifesto:

There’s a revolution in the city

It’s the pulse of innovation the rhythm of a digital age beating down your door

Can you hear the surge of marching feet ?

It’s the sound of bloggers, programmers, swankers, international digital visionaries, graffiti artists, cyber geeks, hipsters, indie gamers, hip hop heads, amaPantsula, digital nerds and even iziKothane.

Si fak’ugesi / We switching it on


It’s time to create, innovate and germinate

Stop googling and start making the tools to unlock upload your potential

Connect realtime to innovative digital minds with:

Seminars, talks, exhibitions, game arcades, workshops, public performances, parties, interactive art, tech demos, and pitches.

Woza na bangani bakho (come with all your friends)

Si fak’ugesi / We switching it on


It’s time to electrify your mind at the Fak’ugesi Festival Get connected to a surge of digital creativity.

Ungaphuthelwa / Don’t let it pass you by

Si fak’ugesi / We switching it on

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About Fak'ugesi Festival

Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is at the forefront of Africa’s culture and technology scene. Explore what we stand for and how our journey evolves.



Fak’ugesi Festival takes place annually in Johannesburg, South Africa. Plus year long pop up programming at regional & international Festivals, and the Tshimologong Innovation Precinct. Digital Cultural Economies, Digital Art, Critical Engagement, VR / AR, Gaming, Animation and Sound.



Workshops, Hackathons, Game Jams



Conference, Talks, Events



Research, Residencies, Community



AR/VR Exhibitions, Games Arcade, Animation Screenings, Digital Art Exhibitions


Festival Residencies & Partner Linked Creative Programs.

Fak'ugesi Festival 2020

ONLINE: 20 Oct—20 Nov

FREE (except selected events)

A month long virtual celebration of African Digital Creativity. Join us as we power up Africa's resolution #POWERTOTHEPIXEL 2020 !

3 focus areas, 11 free online African digital art exhibitions, over 30 workshops, panels, skills exchanges and networking events covering African Digital Art, Heritage & Technology and Fak'ugesi Arcade Gaming.

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