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6 September 2017

Fak'ugesi: African Digital Innovation Festival 2017

South Africa is set to host the fourth year of Faku'gesi, an annual digital innovation festival which brings digital prodigies and contemporaries together from across Africa and the UK in South Africa.

From 8-16th September, Johannesburg will play host to a barage of creative minds and talents as part of Fak'ugesi - the African Digital Innovation Festival.  Now in its 4th year, the festival is a celebration of technology, creativity, collaboration and innovation from across the African continent.

“Some incredible highlights at this year’s festival will include the Fak’ugesi Conference, the hugely popular Making Weekend, as well as our annual Market Hack event at the Nieghbourgoods Market in Braamfontein. We’re also thrilled to announce an exciting new curatorial partnership titled Fak’ugesi Beats, a beats, music and technology focus curated by Weheartbeat, who will go on to lead festival finale Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party as part of their larger program.”

Fak’ugesi Festival Director, (the wonderful) @teganBristow

The festival includes a range of seminars, talks, exhibitions, workshops, hack-a- thons, films, artists, games, innovation riots and music. Our brand new programme addition, ColabNowNow - brings 15 creatives together from across Africa and the UK to be part of a digital residency - creating a space to play and experiment with digital technology together.

“ColabNowNow unleashes the best skilled, dangerous minds from Africa to re-imagine future forms of African storytelling by creating an interactive and immersive experience. 10 artists and 5 storytellers from West, East, Southern Africa and the UK with multi-disciplinary talents will explore the creation of narratives in a post-screen, post digital world where non-linear is replaced by multi-linear, multi-modal, multi-layered and multi-access; content is scalable both fixed and mobile, across surfaces, across environments, across technologies for Africa!”
Jepchumba, ColabNowNow curator @digitalafrican

The British Council has been supporting this festival since inception, following the journey and the development of the digital uprising in South Africa.  To find out more about the festival visit this link or follow these twitter handles for daily highlights: @fakugesi and @Connect_ZA