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Fak’ugesi 2019 | Africa’s Best Digital Innovation Festival

From 30 August to 8 September 2019, the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival will return to Johannesburg to explore and celebrate technology and creativity by Africans for Africa. 

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The 2019 Fak’ugesi poster was developed from a poster illustration contest held in June 2019. The winner, Leigh Le Roux, was chosen from a list of four finalists. Le Roux is Johannesburg-based illustrator with an outstanding focus on portraiture and illustration, and he will be working with Fak’ugesi to build the vision for ‘Own Your Force’ in 2019. Le Roux states: ‘Afro–Techno Culture can be represented by a strong woman… in this illustration, she is confident and serious and ready to change things.’

Fak’ugesiJoburg’s one and only African Digital Innovation Festival will take place this year under the theme ‘Own Your Force’. The 2019 festival will focus on bringing to the table important African visions and futures, by tapping into the sources of cross-sector collaboration and culture alongside technology, creativity and innovation. Explore how local culture can move and change the future of technology.
     A highlight in this year’s Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival programme is a conference developed in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut’s Creative Entrepreneurship Project, which will bring attention to the challenges of creative and digital entrepreneurship within the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa. 
     Another highlight of the 2019 programme is the annual and much-loved Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency, which will bring together aspiring young digital artists from the SADC region. Working with Pro Helvetia and the ANT Fund for Development and Co-operation (SADC), the residency serves to highlight and develop incredible young digital talent in Southern Africa and boost their careers as important digital creatives. 
     Along with supporting the annual Residency, Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival will be hosting a large contingent of African Digital makers to both present and attend. In 2019, Fak’ugesi Festival will be working with the British Council Southern African Arts to bring up to 15 digital artists and storytellers from across the continent in the ColabNowNow project, a shared encounter with Fak’ugesi Festival’s sister festival Maputo Fast Forward in Mozambique. Additionally, Fak’ugesi Festival will also host the recent Digital Lab Africa competition winners who hail from Ghana, Mali, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa to represent five creative digital start-ups in gaming, animation, VR, web creation and digital media. 
     Fak’ugesi, which means ‘Switch it on’ or ‘add power’ in urban Zulu, is focused on culture, technology and innovation in Africa. It is an opportunity for young adults, with or without formal education, to learn or engage with tomorrow’s technology. For more information on the 2019 Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, visit

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