Fak'ugesi - African Digital Innovation Festival // 6-16 Sept



From 6 to 16 September, the French Institute of South Africa is partnering with the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival in Johannesburg and A MAZE Joburg to celebrate technology, creativity, collaboration and innovation from across the African continent. The highly anticipated 2017 festival will officially open with the launch of the Fak'ugesi Digital Africa Exhibition on 8 September and close with the Festival Finale – Fak'ugesi Beats Bloc Party (full programme - www.fakugesi.co.za, Venue: Tshimologong Precinct, 47 Juta Street, Braamfontein).

As part of a partnership between Fak'ugesi Festival and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), french guests will be among the highlights: Yoan and Anne-Laure Fanise from Digixart Studio; DJ Evil Needle and Benoit Hické, participating in both private and public events.




Fak'ugesi  Festival  // 9 & 14 September @Tshimologong, Glass Box

Benoit Hické, Director of the F.A.M.E (Film, Art, Music and Electronica) Festival will do a workshop with Fak'ugesi Beats Lab participants on collaborative practices between music and film. Benoit will present a history of Sonic Arts across the ages. This will then lead into a detailed discussion led workshop on collaborations in music and film.

Private event: this workshop is for musicians, film-makers and music / film collaborators; participants working on or interested in sound and film development and collaboration, both local and international.


11.30am: "Sonic Visions: Understanding new collaborations in film, design and music". Panel: Hannah Faith of Soulection and Foxy Neela of WeAreInBloom, Nonku Phiri, Rendani Nemakhavhani and Benoit Hicke (F.A.M.E Festival). Chaired by Dylan Valley.

Tickets - http://fakugesi.co.za/event/fakugesi-conference-14-sept/ 



Fak'ugesi Beats, curated by Weheartbeat // 7-16 September @Tshimologong

The Ani-marathon will be a 28 hour challenge for teams from across the city. The Ani-Marathon challenge will be to animate, in any style, medium (2D, stop motion, etc) and duration of your choice, any part of a track being developed at Fak'ugesi Beats Lab between musician Zaki Ibrahim (SA / Canada) and beat maker Evil Needle (France). An abstract over a realistic approach is advised because of the time limit. Only final renders will be judged. Prize winning and final animations will be featured at Zaki Ibrahim's performance at the Fak'ugesi Beats Bloc Party on the 16th of Sept.

Tickets - http://fakugesi.co.za/event/anim-thon-11-12-sept/


14:45 "Future Beats: How the digital age has inspired cross genre development?". Panel: Masego, Joe Kay, Evil Needle and Petite Noir. Chaired by "Spoek Mathambo".

17:00 "Future Beat Demos". We end the conference with demo's by Evil Needle and Masego and a listening session of new beats genres Hannah Faith.

Tickets - http://fakugesi.co.za/event/fakugesi-conference-14-sept/


From 4pm to 1am: See the festivals courage come to light at this festival finale Faku'gesi Beats Block Party on the 16th, which itself promises a riveting lineup of both local and international powerhouses such as trap-jazz trailblazer Masego, Soulection founder Joe Kay, Stonesthrow beatmaker MNDSGN, European producers Melodiesinfonie and Evil Needle, Britain's Hannah Faith and local luminaries Nonku Phiri, Christian Tiger School and Petite Noir.

Tickets - http://fakugesi.co.za/event/fakugesi-beats-party-16-sept/



A MAZE. Johannesburg // 13-16 September

In it's 6th year A MAZE. Johannesburg 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. Three days of gaming and playful media events: workshops, talks, parties, and a games arcade of African and international independent contributors. A standalone event for professionals and the public.

Masterclass: "From Assassin's Creed to Valiant Hearts: what purpose can change?" by Yoan and Anne-Laure Fanise

We will talk about "Purpose" in videogames, how we're trying to put a meaningful dimension into our games, how does it impact their success, how it impact players. We will also talk about the differences between small indie studio and blockbusters productions.

Tickets: www.amaze-johannesburg.co.za




Yoan Fanise

Yoan Fanise spent 14 years at Ubisoft in France and Singapore.
He joined the company in 2001 to create the soundscape of Beyond Good & Evil, the legendary title directed by Michel Ancel.
In 2004, he collaborated with Peter Jackson's team on King Kong, the official game of the movie. Two Years later, he was co-directing the famous Raving Rabbids and invented their wacky language.
He was then called to join Singapore studio to develop a whole new part for the Assassin's Creed Brand: the Naval Battles.
After the commercial success of those titles, he was able to release one of the smallest, bravest games ever seen from a major publisher.
That game, Valiant Hearts, is both a war game and fiercely anti-war at the same time, a story not about conflict's heroics but about their tragedy and ultimate futility. It won many awards all around the world, including Baftas, VGA and Annie Awards.
In March 2015, he left Ubisoft to found Digixart Entertainment, a company dedicated to meaningful games. The first title Lost in Harmony just launched and is already a giant success with more than 2 200 000 players.

Anne-Laure Fanise

Co-founder of DigixArt Entertainment, Anne-Laure Fanise is in charge of the financial aspects of the studio. She used to work at IBM, in relation with local authorities for environmental, legal and logistic aspects. She also worked for 5 years in a non lucrative organisation which allows disabled people to have a life as normal as possible.
Anne-Laure will talk about the economical models of mobile games, how to develop your studio from scratch as an independent corporation, what was DigixArt's strategy since the creation of the studio and how it turned to be successful.

Evil Needle

Some artists cannot and should not be squeezed into tiny restrictive categories. EVIL NEEDLE undoubtedly belongs to those. Originally known to spin records since the early years of our millennium, this fervent French German DJ rapidly mutated into a prolific beat-­‐maker. Not only reminiscent of some of the gems Doctor L crafted at the pinnacle of his creative effort, EVIL NEEDLE's savvy and finely chiseled productions are unique and pervaded with his many and multifaceted influences (Mr. Lif,

Pharcyde, Bicasso, Hieroglyphics, Wu Tang, etc.), just like his numerous collaborations and featuring (Mr.Carmack, Sivey, Troyboi,)
His muffled ambient downtempo is like a soft brush to your ears, and it does take a good amount of talent and technique to bring to life this type of atmosphere, the kind that wrap you and make you feel as laid-­‐back as in a cozy bubble or an open-­‐air chill out lulled into reverie by the clear, cloudless starry dome. EVIL NEEDLE offers a flawless example of this expertise.

Benoit Hické

Hicke is a Paris-based film curator. He co-created and co-runs the F.A.M.E Film Festival at la Gaîté lyrique since 2013 (within the AMORE organization). Hicke curated many cycles & events related to music, art and films : Nemo festival (2007), the Clermont-Ferrand international short film festival (experimental & music vidéo competitions) between 2000 and 2005. Hicke collaborated on audiovisual projects: video installations and live performances. Hicke now in charge of the audiovisual programs for the French National Muséum of Natural History. He's working on a new film festival dedicated to environment issues. He also worked as a freelance cultural journalist.