Fak’ugesi Festival 2021 – #BuildCozYouHaveTo

Story Posted: 29 June 2021
Categories: Press


SAVE THE DATE 14-24 October 2021 – Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival announces theme, dates and new curator for 2021’s hybrid event: #BuildCozYouHaveTo

The annual celebration of tech-powered African creativity is hitting reset with a phygital format and social sculptor dillion s. phiri is in the curator’s seat.

 

Tshimologong Innovation Precinct and Wits School of Arts are proud to announce the 8th annual Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2021 by the newly appointed curator dillion s. phiri. Fak’ugesi Festival 2021 will continue to bring industry, researchers and creators together to celebrate how technology enables creativity while zooming in on the ways this relationship shapes our lives. From the 14th to the 24th of October 2021, the festival returns to explore what building currently means for creatives using tech, under the banner of this year’s theme: #BuildCozYouHaveTo.

“Fak’ugesi agitates the status quo by showcasing the new realities that become possible when technology and creativity fuse,” says Lesley Donna Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Tshimologong. “It provokes new perspectives on both problems and opportunities in society, one can’t help but respond energetically. It’s a gathering place to channel youthful action, for corporates with a focus on R&D and for public sector agents who are championing the design of future cities.”

Newly appointed Festival curator and social sculptor dillion s. phiri, best known for founding Creative Nestlings, brings you this year’s programme which is set to inspire and equip the next generation to build homegrown creative solutions across our 6 digital creative building areas:

  • Digital Music
  • Digital Art
  • Immersive media (AR, VR & IR)
  • Gaming
  • Animation
  • Maker Culture (from robotics to the internet of things)

 

“On an endless digital landscape, construction never really ends,” says phiri. “From low-code tools and virtual goods to digital collaboration and the creator economy, the possibilities are endless and the barriers to entry have never been lower. While key structures in today’s digital world may belong to a select few, tomorrow’s world belongs to everyone, especially African creators. If you want to build, the timing will never be better than right now.”

 

The new phygital format festival will take place online with some in-person interventions in Johannesburg (details to follow), but don’t expect a handful of Zoom panels. Expect an immersive, multifaceted virtual experience, including workshops, a conference, screenings and exhibitions, a new virtual expo, and a full slate of awards for young creators breaking the mould in digital creativity.

Dr. Tegan Bristow, founder and outgoing director of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, states: “This is an electrifying new phase for Fak’ugesi Festival’s history with dillion s. phiri at the curatorial helm bringing in a new era for African digital creatives.”   

Bristow returns to her work at Wits in a new role that aims to develop a stronger link between academia and industry for the digital creative industries through the Wits School of Arts & Tshimologong partnership in industry linked research and development. In 2021, apart from lending her extensive expertise to the event as a member of Fak’ugesi Festival steering committee, Bristow will focus on developing an alumni-focused programme celebrating the extraordinary talent and work that Fak’ugesi Festival has had the pleasure of showcasing and developing over the last 7 years.

Registration to attend Fak’ugesi Festival 2021 will be available soon in the meantime sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop.

Want to get involved in Fak’ugesi Festival 2021? Here’s how:

  • Digital Artists: Submit an entry in your chosen medium (illustrations/GIFs/digital art/motion design/graphic design, etc.) to our poster competition here. Goodluck & Submit by 30 July 2021.
  • We are inviting industry — Software & SaaS operators, studios, streaming & social media platforms and more — to participate in our expo and introduce a world of innovative creators to your latest tools, tech, and opportunities. Details to follow in July 2021.
  • This year’s programme will include an exciting evening of recognition at the Fak’ugesi Creative Awards. A call for the public to nominate their favourite work across all 6 creative building areas will follow soon and winners will be announced during the festival.

Details on current partners below; full list of partners to follow.
Details on programming to follow. 

ENDS

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For more information contact: 

dillion s. phiri
Fak’ugesi Festival Curator
Email: hello@fakugesi.co.za
Landline: +27 10 822 3530
Mobile: +27 78 020 9936
https://fakugesi.co.za/

41 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

 

Notes to the editor:

The festival’s 2021 theme will be translated into a visual identity by graphic designer Qondile Dlamini, known to some by her art side-hustle moniker, @qewdoodles. Wordsmith Modupe Oloruntoba will provide concept development and copywriting support to this year’s curator across the festival’s various platforms and interventions.

About Fak’ugesi:

The Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is rooted in showcasing and developing skills in technology, art and culture in Africa. Founded in 2014 as a collaboration between the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and the Wits School of Arts, Digital Arts Department, the festival takes as it starting point the idea that in order for innovation with technology to succeed, a strong connection needs to be made to African cultural practices and creative encounters. Fak’ugesi means “switch it on ” or “add power” in urban Zulu, and was initially named by the late Shonisani Lethole, a kind, generous and inspiring entrepreneur and friend of industry.

About Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct

Tshimologong Precinct aims to create world leading African digital entrepreneurs. It is a digital hub based in the inner-city district of Braamfontein, where the incubation of start-ups, the commercialization of research and the development of high level digital skills for students, working professionals and unemployed youth takes place.

Setswana for “new beginnings”, Tshimologong catalyses the transformation of Braamfontein into a premier technology destination to raise the profile of African digital innovation by inspiring new talent and addressing rising youth unemployment. As a university-based incubator, Tshimologong Precinct further aims to commercialise research done by Wits University students. Website: www.tshimologong.joburg 

Supported by:

Our full support list is yet to be announced. At this point the following supporters are confirmed for publication:
French Institute in South Africa.
Agence Française de Développement
German Cooperation implemented by GIZ
National Arts Council
Arts Research Africa
Plataforma Bogotá (a project of the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá, Strategic Line of Art, Scientific Culture, Technology and City of the District Institute of the Arts-Idartes)
ArtBox Digital
British Council
Youth for Innovation, Zimbabwe
Umbrellium, UKAlongside founding partners – Tshimologong Innovation Precinct & Wits School of the Arts.

Research

Join Us – African Digital Creative Community Survey

Fak’ugesi Arcade: Futures and Networking

Blockchain for the Creative Industries

2019 Games Research Round Table

Stories

9 September 2021

DigitIntermediaries Bootcamp – SIGN UP / INSCRIPTION

23 August 2021

Graphic Designer & Illustrator Thapelo Keetile – Poster Competition Winner for 2021’s Fak’ugesi Festival – #BuildCozYouHaveTo

2 August 2021

Open Call for Creatives – DIGITAL SUPERPOWER! LAB

2 August 2021

Open Call for Creatives – TRABAJA: INFORMAL WORK VISUALIZATION LAB

16 July 2021

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

14 July 2021

CALL FOR DIGITAL ARTISTS FOR THE ANNUAL POSTER COMPETITION 2021

15 April 2021

Telematic 360: Pan African Telematic Art Project

15 April 2021

SURREAL: An Immersive Media Lecture Series

11 March 2021

We are hiring! Festival Curator

22 September 2020

Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 #POWERTOTHEPIXEL Programme Preview

24 August 2020

GLAM #HackUrCulture: ​CULTURAL​ ​HERITAGE

7 July 2020

2020 Digital Art Curator Bootcamp & Commissions – Apply

7 July 2020

Smart City Technology Challenge

1 July 2020

2020 Festival Poster Illustration Competition: Apply Now

1 July 2020

Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 Online #PowerToThePixel

30 June 2020

Virtual Black Out: Experiments in Future of Form

16 March 2020

Africa2020 x NewImages Festival

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!

28 August 2019

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

28 August 2019

City of Johannesburg’s Smart City Office Supports Digital Creativity at Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

18 August 2019

Cultural Economies Digital Innovation Conference at Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

6 August 2019

Blockchain Hack-a-thon for Creative Industries

2 August 2019

JOIN THE INTERNET YAMI-ICHI @ FAK’UGESI 2019

11 July 2019

2019 FAK’UGESI ARCADE: CALL FOR GAMES

11 July 2019

2019 FAK’UGESI & ANIMATION SA CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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

2 X ARTS RESIDENCIES @ FAK’UGESI 2019 – APPLY NOW

14 May 2019

2019 Call for Illustrators Open!

26 February 2019

Source Code Gallery Launching

12 November 2018

Fak’ugesi 2018 and Zimbabwean Residents at ‘Digital Imaginaries: Africas in Production” ZKM, Germany

2 November 2018

We Are Hiring! Business Development Manager / Fundraiser

24 September 2018

Fak’ugesi Beats & Fak’ugesi Arcade – Final Week of Fak’ugesi 2018

20 August 2018

Tap Your Afro Source Code’ – The Fak’ugesi 2018 Illustration

20 August 2018

Unpack the source code of your African Identity at the 2018 Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

13 August 2018

Call for Participation: “Digital Spirit” AR Workshop

8 August 2018

Fak’ugesi Residency 2018

25 July 2018

Digital Imaginaries: Premonition @ WAM & Fak’ugesi

21 June 2018

Call for Artists! – Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency

21 June 2018

Fak’ugesi Play Rooms Pop Up Project – Creativate, NAF

21 June 2018

Vernacular Algorithms Pop Up Project – ISEA2018, Durban

24 August 2017

Digital Africa Exhibition and Beats Bloc Party among exceptional highlights of 2017 Fak’ugesi Festival

2 August 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 

28 April 2017

Fak’ugesi Residence Project Presented at Museums and the Web, USA

13 April 2017

Award Winning Performance

4 April 2017

Read our 2016 Report

18 January 2017

Dates Announced for Fak’ugesi 2017

3 October 2016

Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival Lights up Johannesburg

10 August 2016

Meet the New Female Voices of Digital Art at Fak’ugesi 2016

6 June 2016

What will happen at Fak’ugesi 2016 

24 May 2016

Poem Call To Action

24 May 2016

Festival Residency Call

10 September 2015

Opening of the Fak’ugesi Lab Exhibition

2 September 2015

Fak’ugesi Lab First Thursday at WAM

21 August 2015

Market Hack: making & hacking for everyone!

19 August 2015

Treasure Hunting for a Smart City with Ling Tan

19 August 2015

Residency Events, how do YOU see the future of Joburg?

16 August 2015

“Reverse” Digital Hustle – 27th Aug

15 August 2015

A MAZE/JHB – new 2015 CI

15 August 2015

BodyTech – first announcement

14 August 2015

Media Release: BodyTech 2015

31 July 2015

A MAZE to return to Fak’ugesi with more games and plenty to play with!

The 2015 Fak'ugesi Residency crew

30 July 2015

Meet the Fak’ugesi Residents

25 July 2015

Market Hack will be in The Grove Courtyard

24 July 2015

The countdown begins – in just 30 days . . .

24 July 2015

Facebook’s Kent Beck at Agile Africa 2015

23 July 2015

Launch of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2015