Fak’ugesi would not be possible without the support of these organisations. Want to support the digital arts in Africa? Join them.


Accra Theatre Workshop

/ Ghana
African Digital Art Funder
ATW's mission is to support artists at different stages of their careers by providing opportunities for training young people, experimentation and showcase. Our vision is to change the face of Africa by changing its storytelling culture, investing in a new generation of grounded, forward thinking individuals; to be continually at the cutting edge of theatre and performance on the continent of Africa; to present Ghana/Africa in a new light to the whole world.

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

/ France
2022 - Digital Lab Africa 2022 - Mollo Animation Academy 2022 - Festival 2022 - Gaming Hub Funder
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group funds, supports and accelerates the transition to a fairer and more sustainable world. Focusing on climate, biodiversity, peace, education, urban development, health and governance, our teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in France’s overseas departments and territories and another 115 countries. In this way, we contribute to the commitment of France and French people to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


/ South Africa
African Digital Art
Our vision: is to nurture a vibrant, sustainable & transformed animation and VFX industry for South Africa, offering a diverse range of content and services that is unique and globally competitive”

Formed in 2004 AnimationSA set about to grow the animation and related digital arts industries and cohesively and co operatively address the challenges that we have faced.

Our strategy has rested firmly on the pillars of transformation, growth and innovation and to this end, we have worked tirelessly to support artists and producers from all sectors of society gain access to scholarships, job opportunities, content markets and government incentives that have been developed primarily to support traditional industries.

ASA has also established training and education standards in partnership with SETAs and FETs to ensure that SA education in our sector is globally competitive and accessible to all who seek a career in animation.

Arts Research Africa

/ South Africa
African Digital Art
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Arts Research Africa consists of a range of activities, from artist residencies and seminars, to symposia, online publishing, bursaries and grants. All designed to spark dialogue, stimulate practice, enable research and inspire collective engagement.


African Digital Art
BetterShared is a leading platform to discover and shop contemporary art by some of today's most exciting emerging artists from Africa and the diaspora.

British Council

/ South Africa
2022 - Design Futures Lab Funder
The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.

British Council in South Africa:
We have been working in South Africa. Every year we connect with thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, creatives and entrepreneurs in South Africa. The focus of our work is on providing opportunities for young people through:

supporting young people to achieve the education, qualifications and skills needed to reach their potential in their future careers
creating and developing new networks and platforms to give young people a voice in society.

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)

/ South Africa
BASA was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative between government and the private sector, as part of a strategy to secure greater involvement in the arts from businesses operating in South Africa. Established as a Section 21 company, BASA is constituted in terms of the Companies Act, and is registered as a public benefit organisation. Its delisting as a Schedule 3 entity has seen Business and Arts South Africa NPC register for VAT. BASA is accountable to its stakeholders – the government, BASA members and the creative sector.

Vision: Mutually beneficial partnerships are hardwired into BASA’s DNA and are a part of its founding ethos. We believe in the power that comes from deep collaboration between the right partners and the transformational value of the arts to effect meaningful social change.

Mission: BASA champions business investment in the creative sector by leading research that enhances commercial confidence. BASA builds capacity through its programmes and is shifting the paradigm for the future of partnerships between diverse stakeholders.

Cav’ Platform Goethe-Institut

/ South Africa
Heritage & Technology
Cav’ Creative Economies is a Goethe-Institut Initiative that comprises the two projects Cav’ Platform and Cav’ Township. The programme aims to contribute to the creative and cultural industries in South Africa, through enabling creative organisations and small businesses towards income generation.

The Cav’ Platform contributes to existing efforts in the creative and cultural industry (CCI). Through Forums based on research and a virtual platform, Cav Platform provides a space for dialogue, networking, information and resources sharing. This in the hope that where gaps are recognized, the industry will be able to strategize in an effort to better address its needs.

The Cav’ Township project develops and implements enabling strategies for young creative people in townships. It promotes and supports local cultural and creative hubs, in order to address unemployment and income generation.

These projects are implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GmbH) and the Goethe-Institut promote the emerging market of cultural and creative industries in Africa and in the Middle East, to strengthening the exchange and dialogue between civil society organisations

Creativate Digital Arts Festival

/ South Africa
African Digital Art
Creativate Digital Arts Festival, presented by Standard Bank and the National Arts Festival (Makhanda, South Africa), as its third edition was part of this year' 2020 virtual National Arts Festival. Featuring interactive digital art workshops, new-media exhibitions and innovative performances pushing the boundaries of theatre, Creativate Digital Arts Festival also included workshops, webinars, and interactive experiences.


/ South Africa
Heritage & Technology
Credipple is a digital start-up that connects clients to trusted freelance creative and digital services.

Credipple’s mission is to better connect our network of creative and digital professionals to the online job market in Media and ICT industries, by providing data driven recommendations and support to clients looking for freelancers or short-term independent contractors.

Credipple’s vision for the future of work is to be the most trusted network for accessing African freelance creative and digital professionals engaged in lifelong learning activities and accessible to a global online market.

Dept. Sports Arts & Culture

/ South Africa
African Digital Art
The department oversees the development, management and promotion of sports, arts and culture in South Africa. Its work to increase the accessibility of sport and recreation contributes to the achievement of the National Development Plan’s goals of nation-building, social cohesion and a healthy national lifestyle, and Outcome 14 (a diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity) of government’s 2014-2019 Medium Term Strategic Framework.

Digital Lab Africa

/ South Africa / France
African Digital Art Partner
Created in 2016, Digital Lab Africa is an initiative of the French Institute and the French Embassy in South Africa, managed by the South African innovation hub Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct since 2018.
Digital Lab Africa (DLA) is the first platform dedicated to creative content (immersive realities, video game, animation, music, digital art) linked with innovation in Africa. The very idea of DLA is to incubate emerging talent by offering them a springboard to fast track their projects development with the support and expertise of DLA creative industries ecosystem in France and in Sub-Saharan African countries.

French Institute in South Africa

/ South Africa
Heritage & Technology Fak'ugesi Arcade Funder
As the cultural agency of the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the operator of the cultural activities of France abroad. IFAS is a platform for cooperation, encouraging cultural diversity and exchanges between South Africa, France and the rest of the African continent. The creative industries projects develop links and long-term partnerships between South Africa and France in the fields of innovation, training, storytelling, production, distribution, professional markets, public policies and regulation frameworks.

Games Industry Africa

/ Sweden
Fak'ugesi Arcade
Games Industry Africa (GIA) is a platform founded in 2019 on a mission to chart, document and share the stories and experiences of the games industry across the African continent. Part of that mission includes dispelling some of the myths about the state of talent and gaming whilst helping elevate the creative dreamers of today into the industry icons of tomorrow.

Gauteng Film Commission

/ South Africa
The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) develops, promotes and coordinates the film and television production industry in South Africa's wealthiest province. An agency of the Gauteng Provincial Government, we are tasked with positioning the province as a world-class destination for film-making as well as attracting local and international investments in the film and television industry.

Our core business is to facilitate and enhance the contribution of the industry to the economic growth of the province. The GFC markets Gauteng, with its world-class industry infrastructure, recognised expertise and wide range of locations, as a destination of choice. We also act as a centralised industry intelligence hub and ensure that people across Gauteng can experience the magic of cinema.

We work with industry, government agencies and other key stakeholders, advising on the development and growth of a sustainable audiovisual industry. We support the transformation of this sector into a world-class industry and our vision is to cultivate an environment that allows it to play a meaningful role in the socioeconomic development of Gauteng.

German Cooperation (BMZ) & GIZ

/ Germany
African Digital Art Funder
German development cooperation with South Africa, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), began in 1993. A country office opened in Pretoria in 1996. 

Goethe Institut South Africa

/ South Africa
2022 - Festival 2022 - #EveryGamerCounts Funder
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties. The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg's Information Department focuses on a variety of different approaches from gaming, hacking, open access, digital library solutions, cultural and creative industries, new concepts for libraries and reading promotion. Furthermore, we encourage exchanges between information specialists and publishers in South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. Our Cultural Programmes Department focuses on a variety of different artistic approaches from the visual arts to drama, dance, literature, film, gaming and others. Our goal is to support the local cultural scenes and strengthen pan-African dialogue through the arts.

Hack Ur Culture GLAM

/ South Africa
Heritage & Technology
“Hack Ur Culture” is a platform that brings together GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) with creative minds and tech enthusiasts to bring about collaborations and innovations deriving from open cultural data.

It is a collaborative program between the Goethe-Institutes in Subsaharan Africa and the South African digital startup Credipple. “Hack your Culture” collaborates with institutions and organizations all over the African continent that have cultural collections in order to make information about cultural heritage accessible in a trustworthy way.

Institut National de l’Audiovisuel – INA

/ France
Heritage & Technology
Within the French public audiovisual system, The National Audiovisual Institute (INA) is entrusted with the responsibility of audiovisual archiving, research, production and training.

INA’s collections are composed of all French television and radio flows since it was designated to handle TV and radio preservation (1975), rights management (since 1982) and legal deposit (1992). In 2020, more than 19 000 000 hours of digitized and digital native radio and television documents constitute INA’s collections. The Institute also ensures the long-term preservation of physical media including 600,000 16mm and 35mm film reels, representing 100,000 hours of content, and 1,2 million photographies.

The collections are available for students and researchers within French universities’ libraries, for the general public on its public website & for professionals on its website INA also brings value to its archives by producing and broadcasting short videos on all social media.

INA combines data, artificial intelligence and image & sound detection to preserve, analyze and enhance its media collections. The Research and Innovation Department produces transdisciplinary academic contributions and develops prototypes and technologies for a better understanding of content & data.

Strongly experience in all audiovisual and digital fields, INA developed a wide offer of professional training. INA also makes its expertise available to collections' holders by providing consulting services to any public or non-public organizations willing to preserve and enhance their heritage.

Itthynk Gaming

/ South Africa
Fak'ugesi Arcade
ITTHYNK Smart Solutions was established to help businesses use technology in increasing productivity, cutting cost and bringing ideas to life while improving competitiveness in their particular market place.

Our people are passionate about technology and are readily available to make your business goal a reality.

we have a combined experience of over 40 years in management,software development, training and we are confident we can help.

National Arts Council

/ South Africa
African Digital Art Heritage & Technology
The mission of the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) is to develop and promote excellence in the arts.
The Council's mandate is to: provide, and encourage the provision of, opportunities for people to practice the arts; promote the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the arts; promote the general application of the arts in the community; foster the expression of a national identity and consciousness by means of the arts; uphold and promote the right of any people to freedom in the practice of the arts; give the historically disadvantaged such additional help and resources as are required to give them greater access to the arts; address historical imbalances in the provision of infrastructure for the promotion of the arts; promote and facilitate national and international liaison between individuals and institutions in respect of the arts; and develop, promote and encourage excellence in the arts.

Palm Dance Company

/ Ghana
African Digital Art
A afrocentric dance company based in Ghana and creating performances for Africa and beyond.

PATAP by Vrystaat Arts Festival

/ South Africa
African Digital Art
The Vrystaat Arts Festival • Tsa-Botjhaba is an Afrikaans language festival that forges creative connections with English and Sotho cultures. We contribute to the exchange of ideas around arts, culture and society through connections with other national and international creative communities. The festival takes place at the Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State which is made available for the duration of the festival.

The Pan-African Telematic Art Project (PATAP) is a new initiative of the Vrystaat Arts Festival through the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE), in partnership with the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, Ars Electronica, and the University of the Free State’s Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD). The PATAP selected 2 projects from it’s first call for applications. These 2 projects are “my many mouths” by the mmm collective (Lindiwe Matshikiza, Noluthando Lobese, Vanessa Lorenzo and Nicola Pilkington) and “deus::ex::machina” by Louise Coetzer, and they both received funding to experiment with new, interactive media arts projects, dealing with issues relevant to the continent. To date, the artists working on these projects have been part of Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE) - Entangled, Ars Electronica and the Vrystaat Kunstefees Sneelstrom.

PATAP partners: Pan-African Creative Exchange ; University of the Free State ; Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD) ; Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival ; Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa ; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Supported through:
University of the Free State,
Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD)
Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Plataforma Bogotá

African Digital Art
Plataforma Bogotá is an interactive art, science and technology laboratory that promotes the creation, research, training and dissemination of interdisciplinary projects among an audience of different ages and levels of training. It is a project that belongs to the Mayor's Office of Bogotá, from the Strategic Line of Art, Scientific Culture, Technology and City of the District Institute of the Arts-Idartes.

Bogotá Platform generates interactive laboratory dynamics, which are characterized by their horizontality and the transdisciplinary and open experimentation of their participants. It also creates seminar dynamics, in which a reflection on the media is deepened. The interaction between research, reflection and practice, make Platform a conducive space for the development of prototypes, explorations, ideas and new horizons regarding art, science and technology. Plataforma Bogotá is an important node for the consolidation of exchange and knowledge networks, as well as a significant contribution to the cultural and academic environment of Bogotá and Latin America.


/ South Africa
African Digital Art
“POPArt specialises in the creation, development, showcasing and promotion of new South African entertainment works and cultural products. Through the incubation and nurturing of quality work, we aim to elevate the global reputation of South African entertainment and entertainers.”

POPArt provides an essential container and support structure for performing artists to access both the industry and new audiences at large. POPArt incubates and fosters emerging talents and aims to educate performing artists in aspects of business by sharing knowledge that will help artists create their own sustainable careers.

Pro Helvetia & ANT

/ South Africa
African Digital Art
Pro Helvetia Johannesburg is one of five Liaison Offices of the Swiss Arts Council located in major regions of the world – the other four Offices are in Cai-ro, Moscow, New Delhi and Shanghai. We also run a cultural centre in Paris and work in cooperation with larger partner institutions in Rome, San Francisco and New York.
The Johannesburg Liaison Office promotes artistic and cultural exchange be-tween Switzerland and sub-Saharan Africa. To raise awareness of Swiss con-temporary arts in the region, we forge ties with local organisations and event organisers, develop and nurture long-term partnerships, initiate co-productions with artists from the region and organise residencies.
Our Johannesburg office is presently exploring a decentralised approach to our work, with a team spread Johannesburg, Kampala and Abidjan. We look to en-gage with dynamic art scenes across the subcontinent, working with and through local partners around the realisation of projects concerned with artistic and professional exchange and collaboration, and the presentation of signifi-cant work, often emerging from collaborations. Our international work is guided by the interlocking criteria of quality and relevance.
Our programme is interdisciplinary and exploratory in nature. Special emphasis is placed on the disciplines of music, contemporary dance, theatre/performance, and visual and digital arts and design. We encourage work that forges connec-tion between the world of the arts and other fields of inquiry and work. We also support exchanges around critical issues and questions facing artists and the arts field within the differently demanding and complex realities of sub-Saharan Africa and Switzerland.

Robben Island Museum

/ South Africa
Heritage & Technology
Robben Island Museum (RIM) is a public entity responsible for managing, maintaining, presenting, sustainable development and marketing of Robben Island as a National and World Heritage site in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999 and the 1972 World Heritage Convention respectively. RIM was established in 1997 and was declared as a cultural institution per the Cultural Institutions Act of 1998 and a public entity by the Public Finance Management Act of 1999. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 under the category of cultural landscape.


/ France
African Digital Art
Sacem is an international, non-profit organisation that is committed to representing its members’ interests and promoting musical creation by ensuring that royalties are collected and distributed efficiently, accurately and fairly.

As a member-owned collective management organisation (CMO), Sacem has a leadership role in a global industry that is going through a rapid digital transformation. Mindful of its unique responsibility for sustaining and enhancing culture, Sacem seeks to invest in technology and forge partnerships that will help maximise the value of authors’ rights.

Sacem (The Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music) is the most international of all the authors’ societies, representing 168 nationalities. 21,350 of our 176,150 current members are from outside of France, and 311,000 songwriters, composers and publishers around the world have benefitted from royalties distributed by Sacem

Since its creation in 1851, Sacem has represented authors, composers and publishers of music, as well as directors, comedians, poets — and dubbing and subtitling artists. We are with these creators throughout their careers, protecting their interests and looking after their well-being.


/ South Africa
Telkom SA SOC Limited is a South African wireline and wireless telecommunications provider, operating in more than 38 countries across the African continent. Telkom is majority-privatised with it being 39% state-owned enterprise.

Tshimologong Development Studio

/ South Africa
African Digital Art Heritage & Technology
The Tshimologong Development Studio is an AFD funded initiative which falls under Tshimologong's Digital Content Hub. The studio's main focus is training and upskilling recent graduates in the field of animation by de-mystifying the pipeline of a high-end animated film while pushing a strong focus on Authentic African Aesthetics.

Tshimologong Innovation Precinct

/ South Africa
African Digital Art Heritage & Technology Fak'ugesi Arcade Partner
Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct founded by Wits University launched at the end of 2016 to create world leading African digital entrepreneurs. It is based in Braamfontein and is the catalyst to a vibrant tech ecosystem inspiring emerging talent, digital innovation and the commercialisation of research through entrepreneurship and skills development. Wholly owned by Wits University, Tshimologong is a Level 1 BBB-EE contributor and an accredited MICT-Seta service provider in ICT.

Driven by common goals, including the desire to combine technology, innovation and creative content, Tshimologong and the French Embassy in South Africa have joined forces to create a Digital Content Hub (DCH) - and integrate and sustain the existing Digital Lab Africa Programme – the first support programming for the production of digital content across sub-Saharan Africa initiated in 2016 by the French Embassy in South Africa. The DCH is the first project from cultural industries in Africa to have obtained funding from the Agence française de développement (AFD) since the extension of their mandate to these sectors.


/ London
African Digital Art
Umbrellium is a design and build studio dedicated to transforming urban environments and getting communities meaningfully involved.

We work with ambitious cities and organisations round the world to create everything from spectacular interactive architecture and participatory platforms to dynamic streetscapes and urban technology infrastructure. Our mission in the coming years is to respond tactically to the climate crisis by reinforcing connections between human, natural and urban systems.

Founded by Usman Haque in 2007, Umbrellium has years of proven experience in creating award-winning interactive urban environments, community platforms & engaging public spaces, having spun-out three urbantech and IoT companies – Pachube (2008, acquired 2011), (2014) & Starling Technologies (2020).

WeAreVR_Jozi TeamEpic

/ South Africa
African Digital Art
"WeAreVR.Jozi, the XR (eXtended Reality) capital of Africa, is a community of artists, developers and business builders. 

Beginning in Johannesburg, South Africa, we've extended our online community to welcome disparate storytellers from across the continent. We showcase the latest developments in African-made VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and 360-degree video. Every month since late 2018, we've hosted a free and open meetup to feature exciting new projects and the people that make them a (virtual) reality. 

You can learn more and get in touch with us at"

Wits Digital Arts Dept.

/ South Africa
Fak'ugesi Arcade African Digital Art Partner
Wits Digital Arts is a vibrant research and teaching environment dedicated to developing technology arts in a South African context. We are committed to critical artistic practice, theoretical engagement, and the highest professional standards of work.

Wits School of Arts – University of the Witwatersrand

/ South Africa
African Digital Art Heritage & Technology Fak'ugesi Arcade Partner
Through advancing excellence in research, teaching and learning, the Wits School of Arts combines critical inquiry with artistic practice in ways that engage in transformative ways with our contemporary urban, African and global contexts.

YIT (Youths for Innovation)

/ Zimbabwe
Heritage & Technology Funder
We are a collective of active global citizens who advance social innovation for development through facilitating a culture of active thinking.

To engender consciousness against discrimination on basis of age and gender through innovative solutions that uplift livelihoods for active global citizenship.

Innovation, Equality and Collaboration