Digital makers invited to ‘Own Your Force’ as Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival reaches new heights in 2019

Story Posted: 28 August 2019
Categories: Press

Cross-sector digital creative technology at 2019 Fak’ugesi Festival – Africa’s best
creative digital workshops, talks, pitches and digital art exhibitions

From 30 August to 8 September 2019 the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival will return to Johannesburg to explore and celebrate technology and creativity by Africans for Africa. Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, in the youthful and dynamic heart of Braamfontein, will once again host this year’s inspiring programme. The 2019 Festival is also made possible by sponsorship from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), which includes a grant from AFD that enables Tshimologong to expand its activities to incorporate audiovisual content creation. The Tshimologong Precinct alongside Wits Theatre and the BKhz Gallery will host this year’s mind-bending line up of hack-a-thons, game jams, aniMarathons, workshops, digital art, creative pitches, exhibitions as well as a special conference on creative economies and digital innovation.

In total, Fak’ugesi Festival will offer 15 creative technology workshops across the week, starting with the Festival’s annual Making Weekend (31 August to 1 September) right until closing weekend on 7 September 2019, including an array of exciting talks, exhibitions, and meet-ups in between. See a selected snap shot of the program compiled by the Festival Director Dr. Bristow.

As part of a cross-sector evolution, with the aim of supporting cross sector development and exploration in the digital industries in South Africa, Fak’ugesi Festival is hosting four cross sector workshops. These include Screenwriting for games, Animation for games, Music for games and UX for games which then lead into a two-day Cross-Sector Game Jam that aims to see screenwriters, animators, musicians and other creatives join forces to prototype and develop new games.

Fak’ugesi 2019 workshops will also feature not-to-be-missed guest workshops by local and international visiting artists. The following are for those who love digital creativity:

 Program & Play: a dynamic screen program & play workshop by visiting Swiss Artists (supported by Pro Helvetia) Andreas & Sidi, this workshop was first offered by and is sure to change your life.

 In a special twist this narrative workshop uses  ChatBots both as research tool and development, don’t miss Good Neighbours: Storytelling with Chatbots by special guest artists, Netherlands based Natalie Dixon and Klasien van den Zandschulp.

 Want something easy? Come and learn How to Create Augmented Reality Artworks the Easy Way with SA based Thuthukani Ndlovu.

 Or a very special Solar Power for Yourself workshop by resident IBM Research Lab Engineer Toby Kurien, who will teach your how to test and spec our personal solar power needs.

Those inclined towards the business side of the creative enterprise can join the Creative Pitch Training led by Tshimologong Innovation Precinct’s own Khwezi Fudu Cenenda, or a special partner workshop by Harare-based ComeXposed for their Creative Enterprise Workshop.

In keeping with the spirit of collaboration across diverse disciplines, this year will see Fak’ugesi Festival team up with AnimationSA in a very special full day Animation Master Series, specifically designed for Animation producers and studios, both small and large.

In the annual games-focused partnership with the Wits Digital Arts Department comes the Fak’ugesi Arcade, which in 2019 is made up of specialist workshops and cross-sector engagements, including guest artist Mark Lustigman from Darjeeling Studios in France on Using Cultural Heritage to Design Games & local super stars Alphabet Zoo together with Wits Game Design on Zines for Urban Games. Fak’ugesi Arcade also presents an opportunity for indie developers to pitch to a brand new African traveling platform Masidlale Fak’ugesi and a special Global South Focused “Ludus Lekgotla” of games- related talks linked to the Fak’ugesi Arcade opening on 3 September 2019.

This year the Fak’ugesi Festival will once again showcase an incredible line up of digital arts exhibitions that will run for the full duration of the Festival, from 30 August to 8 September. Just some art exhibition highlights include: Francois Knoetze with his newly completed Core Dump film series on electronic waste; delete a 5 Year Catalogue Launch and Retrospective of Floating Reverie; Swiss Guest Artists Stefan Karrer, Andreas Gysin and Sidi Vanetti (supported by Pro Helvetia); the Fak’ugesi Digital African Residency Exhibition of emerging digital artists from Southern Africa; a series of live AR Poetry Works by “Giving Poetry Wings”; Arts Research Africa Resident artist Russel Hlongwane with Ifu Elimnyama; delete Online artist Zika Crowned and a very special collection of VR from Southern Africa title Southern VR with Electric South, Eden Labs, TMRW Galleryand the Centre for the Less Good Idea.


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3 May 2024

Fak’ugesi 2024 Theme Poster & Song Competition

2 May 2024

Queer Catalyst 2024 Animation Workshop Cohort

29 April 2024

Train the Trainer – Open Call

13 February 2024

Industry Packages

26 January 2024

Open Call to Queer Animation Students – Queer Catalyst

8 November 2023

Year in Review, 2023 and 2022

28 September 2023

2023 Livestreams

29 August 2023

Animation Jamz 2023

23 August 2023

Fak’ugesi Volunteer Call Out 2023

17 August 2023

2023 Tickets & Programme

20 July 2023

Call for Applications: The Gusheshe Rally

6 June 2023

Internship – Call Out

2 June 2023

Hiring: Project Manager – Creative Industries

5 May 2023

Fak’ugesi 2023 Theme Song Winner

18 April 2023

Fak’ugesi Awards 2023

12 April 2023

Fak’ugesi 2023 Theme Song and Poster Top 5

17 March 2023

Fak’uoke Family Day Playlist

31 January 2023

Fak’ugesi 2023 Poster and Theme Song Competition

3 January 2023

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1 December 2022

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11 October 2022

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11 October 2022


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5 October 2022


1 October 2022

2022 Conference Streams

17 August 2022

2022 Festival Programme & Tickets

17 August 2022


17 August 2022

Fakugesi 2022 Awards for Digital Creativity

16 August 2022

Pan-African Market Showcase for MUTEK

25 July 2022

Volunteer and Internship – Callout

12 July 2022

2022 Programme Launch – Coming Soon

25 May 2022

Fak’ugesi 2022 Poster Competition

23 November 2021

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8 October 2021


9 September 2021

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23 August 2021

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2 August 2021

Open Call for Creatives – DIGITAL SUPERPOWER! LAB

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16 July 2021

Fak’ugesi Labs 2021 Residency Artist: Interview with Artist & Animator Ana Maria Boquero

14 July 2021


29 June 2021

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15 April 2021

Telematic 360: Pan African Telematic Art Project

15 April 2021

SURREAL: An Immersive Media Lecture Series

11 March 2021

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22 September 2020

Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 #POWERTOTHEPIXEL Programme Preview

24 August 2020


7 July 2020

2020 Digital Art Curator Bootcamp & Commissions – Apply

7 July 2020

Smart City Technology Challenge

1 July 2020

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1 July 2020

Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 Online #PowerToThePixel

30 June 2020

Virtual Black Out: Experiments in Future of Form

16 March 2020

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11 March 2020

Masidlale Play Fest – 14 March

3 February 2020

Open Call – CairoTronica

22 January 2020

Partner Project – Masidlale Fak’ugesi Arcade Box

16 January 2020

Call for Projects – Digital lab Africa #4

23 October 2019

Winners of the Blockchain for Creative Industries Hackathon 2019!

29 August 2019

2022 Expo Stands

28 August 2019

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Blockchain Hack-a-thon for Creative Industries

2 August 2019


11 July 2019


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9 July 2019

Save the Date – 2019 Program

27 June 2019

Cultural Economies Forum – 4th July 2019

26 June 2019

2019 Poster Illustration Finalists and Winner – Leigh Le Roux!

11 June 2019


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2019 Call for Illustrators Open!

26 February 2019

Source Code Gallery Launching

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2 November 2018

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24 September 2018

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20 August 2018

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20 August 2018

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Call for Participation: “Digital Spirit” AR Workshop

8 August 2018

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21 June 2018

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21 June 2018

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21 June 2018

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28 April 2017

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13 April 2017

Award Winning Performance

4 April 2017

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18 January 2017

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10 August 2016

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6 June 2016

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24 May 2016

Poem Call To Action

24 May 2016

Festival Residency Call

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2 September 2015

Fak’ugesi Lab First Thursday at WAM

21 August 2015

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19 August 2015

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19 August 2015

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16 August 2015

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BodyTech – first announcement

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31 July 2015

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25 July 2015

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24 July 2015

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23 July 2015

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