Fak’ugesi 2017 is coming to Joburg

Fak’ugesi Digital Innovation Festival returns to Joburg next month


With August taking South Africa into winter’s final furlong, spring is just around the corner in September. But there are more reasons to be cheerful than the prospect of the mercury rising.

Next month the Fak’ugesi Digital Innovation Festival returns to Johannesburg and for ten days, Braamfontein will become a thriving hub of seminars, arts, gaming, workshops, hackathons, films and more activities centred on creativity with technology. The festival runs from the 6th to the 16th of September.

If you have any interest in technology, we strongly urge you to head down to Tshimologong Precinct next month. Not only will you be dazzled by what’s on display, the atmosphere at Fak’ugesi  is positively infectious. The festival organisers have sent us a comprehensive list of what you can expect over the 10 days it’s on:

8 to 10 September: Making Weekend, a free workshop programme to promote and celebrate skills development and skills exchange in the digital and technological space, catering to a variety of ages and experience levels. This will include a special focus on community driven urban design via Mixed Reality and Minecraft with Ericsson, UN Habitat and the City of Johannesburg.

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11 to 13 September: Daring CuratingInternational Forum for Art and Technology in Africa, drawing the festival’s theme of bravery and collaboration, this forum brings together practitioners at all levels of professional experience to debate  issues around curating Art and Technology in Africa.

13 to 16 September: A MAZE, welcomes African and international game developers, digital artists, forward thinkers, entrepreneurs, and digital activists to South Africa to exchange tools, skills, and ideas in the fields of independent games and playful media.

14 September: Fak’ugesi Conference, this unmissable one-day event will highlight the important conversations on the role of collaboration and interdisciplinary practice for creativity, technology and innovation in Africa.

16 September: Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, curated by We Heart Beat and featuring ColabNowNow by British Council ConnectZA together with Canada 150.

More information can be found on Fak’ugesi’s official site. We’ll see you all there!

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