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16 August 2016

Cooking up a digital storm in Jozi

This Autumn Johannesburg will be tinkering with 3D games, building time capsules, radio satellites and emoji holograms and experiencing a virtual reality fashion show as part of Connect ZA @ Fak'ugesi.

Johannesburg (lovingly termed Jozi) will be buzzing with conductive energy as a variety of UK and South African digital artists, designers and makers showcase their work to the public as part of Connect ZA @ Fak’ugesi; a month-long festival of large scale public events, showcasing a kaleidoscope of digital inspiration for all ages.

Throughout the festival, there will be day-long surgeries, giving people the opportunity to learn more about topics such as virtual reality, soundscapes and 3D gaming. These surgeries will be delivered by experts like: Geekulcha, Code4SA, CSIR, Thingking, The MakerSpace, KAT-O, Binary Space and SDNA.

Set within the compounds of a market, South African Maker Collective, Circa69 and Karen Palmer will be running Market Hack.  From interactive video installations and neuro-gaming to virtual reality immersive theatre performances, Market Hack will showcase cutting edge creative technology, inviting the public in to play. We will also be taking Market Hack to a township, linking rural and urban locations and connecting communities.

Digital artists SDNA will gather a group of aspiring digital artists/techies to create an installation as part of ALIGHT Festival.  Participants will learn how to animate public space through digital projection and innovative use of surface and structures.  SDNA will also be developing a digital installation trail with stunning projections and intimate digital imagery for the public to enjoy.

Our Creative Hustles series showcases some of the industries most talented digital artists to an aspiring audience.  With a focus on women in tech – Valentina Flores (SDNA) and Karen Palmer will kick off, exploring the intersection between technology, creativity and innovation, with the aim of inspiring a new generation of female tech artists.

Maker Library Network is a British Council project that connects designers and makers around the world, enabling the sharing of knowledge and skills and encouraging collaboration. Geekulcha, Thinkking and The MakerSpace will come together to offer a Maker Library inspiring participants to dabble with making and designing.

The month-long programme will be delivered via a series of digital installations, live debates, virtual reality performances, immersive installations and surgeries with some of our most cutting edge creative practitioners and organisations.

We’ll be sharing highlights on social media:

Twitter:     @Connect_ZA

Facebook: @ZAConnect 

Hashtags: #afrotechriot #fakugesi

This is the third year that we have developed this festival, in partnership with the Fak'ugesi (previously called Innovation Month).  Please visit this link for highlights on past festivals.