Partner Residency - ColabNowNow

ColabNowNow is a British Council Southern Africa Arts artist development residency that started at Fak’ugesi Festival in 2017. A ten-day encounter with storytellers and artists from across the African continent to collaborate and make new work.

2017 ColabNowNow

Collaborative work was made by the cohort for the Fak’ugesi Festival closing block party.
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2019 ColabNowNow

Took place between Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival and Maputo Fast Forward in Mozambique.
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Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency

As a creative and experimental space it allows emerging and professional artists to expand their interests within the context of the digital and creative practices, tapping into new networks, possibilities for collaboration and digital production. Founded in 2014 and collaborating with Pro Helvetia and the ANT Fund since 2016, this Festival residency acts to support emerging digital artists for a month prior to the festival, in the production of exhibition at the annual Fak’ugesi Festival.

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Partner Residency - Arts Research Africa

Fak’ugesi Festival partners in residencies and creative development programs for digital creatives from across the African continent. Our offering in these partnerships is as a dynamic, critical and regional meeting place and showcase for digital creatives. The Arts Research Africa Residency in partnership the Wits School of Arts, is aimed at linking artists between Festivals on the African continent.

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Partner Residency - Digital Lab Africa

Digital Lab Africa is a digital creative incubator for projects that targets artists, producers, designers, startups, students in the media and creative industries. Winners are chosen from an open call for professional or individual from Sub-Saharan Africa having an innovative project in 5 categories of multimedia production: web creation/transmedia, virtual reality, video game, animation and digital music.

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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

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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