Hosted by The Grove at Southpoint.

Having grown in popularity, this festival favourite is a collaboration between the South African Maker Collective, Fak’ugesi and British Council Connect ZA @ Fak’ugesi.  The Market Hack is a market day maker play space for you to have a cooler and actively play and engage with activities designed by the South African Maker Collective and the Maker Library Network (groups from Durban, Cape Town, Joburg, UK) and more local creative technologists. Come ‘pimp up’ your own chassis for a radio controlled racer; learn about 3D printing, VR, and talk to a playful voice translating robot.

Featured Projects:


Virtual Reality Feature: British Council Connect ZA @ Fak’ugesi  will feature the Maker Library Network; multi-disciplinary immersive filmmaker Karen Palmer (UK) who presents Syncself 11: Focus or Fail, and Simon Wilkinson from CiRCA69  (UK) who presents Oculus Rift Virtual Reality immersive theatre performance The Cube.


Special Edition Fak’ugesi Festival Pass

In collaboration with Tom Van Den Bon of Vaal based Binary Space the Fak’ugesi Festival has special edition of Festival passes.  This very special festival becomes also become a music making mini keyboard synth! At Market Hack we will have a special table at which we will show you how to turn the festival pass into a musical hack! Just pop in.

Gauteng Makers RC Car Chassis Building and Racing

Join the Gauteng Makers; House4Hack, BinarySpace, African Robot and Maker Village for a fun day of using their traveling vacuum former to create unique chassis for a selection of radio controlled cars and Edu-bots, these can be painted or dressed with decals. Once the chassis are finished, get ready to race your car! Chassis can be developed in groups and participants will be able to take their unique chassis home afterwards


Talk 01100100 01101001 01110010 01110100 01111001 To Me, originally installed at AfrikaBurn 2016, Talk 01100100… To Me makes use of a microphone to capture voice audio of nearby participants, with a microcontroller to adjust sample rate and playback rate to turn human speech in robot speech. In addition, robot-themed movie samples are played out at random intervals or at-will with the push of a button.

Makers: Dino Fizzotti, Lauren Abrams, Bianca Fizzotti, Justin Popescu


Maker Library Network: Making Time Capsules from Space

Maker Librarians will collaborate to capture site-specific sounds, from the streets of Jozi, and interpret these in physical formats that will enable the public to interact, listen and interpret these moments.

This project will be led by Maker Librarians, Thingking and The MakerSpace as well as guest librarians Robyn Farah (KAT-O) and Tom van den Bon (Binary Space) who will mentor a group of young female engineers (electronic and mechanical) and programmers.  They will use phonopaper, spray paint and recycled plastic as the medium. Deconstructing sound and reconstructing it using various technologies including a smartphone phono app, robotics and CNC machining.

The materialized object will remain as a permanent physical representation of the temporal sound experience. The observer will experience the contrast between the organic nature of sound and the means of analogue representation through digital production.

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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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