The Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party kicks off on Saturday and will deliver a dazzling conclusion to the 10-day Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival that unfolded in the Tshimologong Precinct. Along with performances from a hotly tipped line-up, the grand finale will present the results of the richly diverse festival programme that brought together diverse digital and technology sectors to collaborate and share skills in digital media and technology innovation.
From 1pm the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party will steer party-goers on a riveting 12 hour voyage of beats, soul, hip hop and more courtesy of imported and local artists and DJs over three stages at the newly built Accelerator Building within Braamfontein’s Tshimologong Precinct. The event promises to thrill all the senses with a variety of digital art exhibitions and installations, a video games arcade, projection mapping and a variety of food trucks and bars.
US-based artists Masego and MNDSGN will share the main stage at Shine Studios with SA’s Nonku Phiri, Zaki Ibrahim, Micr.Pluto and Symatics. Cape duo Beat Sampras and Beatmakers Melodiesinfonie (CH) and Evil Needle (FR) will play alongside DJ Doowap, Soulection’s Hannah Faith (UK) and Joe Kay (US), on the iClub Stage while Johannesburg’s Illa N, Brownpepperann, Mr Moeh 24 will deliver their beats from the generously decked-out Red Bull Sound Truck.
The 2017 edition of the festival introduced an all new partnership the well-established Weheartbeat collective who were responsible for the festival’s music programme which included panel discussions, workshops and collaborations in the Fak’ugesi Beat Lab.
This final event provides an ideal platform for many of the festival’s outcomes including the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Exhibition (open until 6pm), Mauritian visual artists Electrocaine will deliver a projection mapping show presented by Canada 150.
Party-goers will be able to explore a game Arcade and Indie Super Games by A MAZE Johannesburg and take in the outcomes of ColabNowNow by ConnectZA a project curated and led by Kenyan Digital Artist and writer Jepchumba which saw 15 artists and storytellers from East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa and the UK taking part in cutting edge program of making, learning and networking.
On the day The Conversationists will present street installations and Wits Architecture students will stage interventions on the outcome of the Block by Block Community Urban Design Workshops. The collaborative project Painting W/Music by Yann Seznec and Cukia Kimani is exhibited in partnership with the British Council ConnectZA.
Saturday 16th September 2017: FAK’UGESI BEATS BLOC PARTY
Venue: Tshimologong Precinct, 39-47 Juta Street Braamfontein
Parking is limited – Uber or taxi is recommended.
Time: 13h00 – 01h00 16 September 2017
Tickets: R400 Phase 2 Presale Tickets via Quicket, R500 at the door.
Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2017