In 2019, Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival celebrates six years of developing young digital creatives through the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency and introduces two new special collaborations.
The Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency is the festival’s primary annual creative residency designed to support young digital creatives for a full month (9 August until 8 September 2019) in preparation for an exhibition at the annual Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival. Established in 2014, the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency now runs from the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in line with Fak’ugesi Festival. The Residency has been supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, in part through an ANT Mobility Grant financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Joining the annual Fak’ugesi Digital African Residency in 2019 are two new short format residencies:
The first is a 100% online two-week residency in collaboration with Floating Reverie, in which the resident artists will work to respond to what is happening at Fak’ugesi Festival and the respective theme ‘Own Your Force’. More details will be available on the Fak’ugesi website and social media between 28 August and 9 September 2019.
The second is in collaboration with Arts Research Africa and the Wits School of Arts focus on creative research (funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation). The collaboration will see a new cross-regional Residency run for three years between the Chale Wote Street Art Festival (Accra, Ghana) and Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival. In 2019, artist and cultural producer from KwaZulu-Natal, Russel Hlongwane, will be attending both festivals with a new work titled: Ifu Elimnyama.
This year, Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency will also welcome Swiss artists Andreas Gysin & Sidi Vanetti, known as Gysin & Vanetti as participating artists and mentors as part of Pro Helvetia’s support in extension of the Residency.
For more information on the Residency or Fak’ugesi 2019 visit www.fakugesi.co.za