Monday 04 September 2017

British Council Connect ZA in partnership with Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2017 is hosting ColabNowNow, a ten-day digital collaboration platform with 15 digital artists and storytellers from Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK from 6 September. The programme is curated by Jepchumba, African art and technology cultural ambassador, and will culminate in collaborative work that will be showcased at Fak’ugesi Beats Party on 16 September.

Jepchumba describes the programme saying; “ColabNowNow unleashes the best skilled, dangerous minds from Africa to re-imagine future forms of African storytelling by creating an interactive and immersive experience. 10 artists and 5 storytellers from West, East, Southern Africa and the UK with multi-disciplinary talents will explore the creation of narratives in a post-screen, post digital world where non-linear is replaced by multi-linear, multi-modal, multi-layered and multi-access; content is scalable both fixed and mobile, across surfaces, across environments, across technologies for Africa!”

The selected participants were chosen by a panel consisting of, Jepchumba, and British Council Art Advisors throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. The selected creatives are:

Southern Africa:

Janus Fouché (South Africa), Nyasha Madamombe (Zimbabwe), Hugo Mendes (Mozambique), Candida Merwe (South Africa), Eliot Moleba (South Africa) and Lindokuhle Nkosi (South Africa)

East Africa:

John Magati (Kenya), Darlyne Komukama (Uganda) and Kampire Bahana (Uganda)

West Africa:

Prince Kojo-Hilton (Ghana), Mamadou “Papi” Wane (Senegal) and Mukhtara Yusuf (Nigeria)

UK:

Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo (England), Olivia Mathurin (England) and Nikky Norton Shafau (England)

The 15 ColabNowNow digital creatives will work within the framework of Fak’ugesi Festival, taking part in workshops, events and the Fak’ugesi Conference on 14 September at the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein. The conference will see keynote speakers Jepchumba and William Kentridge speak alongside digital art creatives from across the world, including a panel discussion with 5 ColabNowNow creatives.

The Fak’ugesi Beats Party will showcase the ColabNowNow creatives where they will present their collaborative work.The party is open to the public and has a varied line-up including Masego, Joe Kay, MNDSGN, Hannah Faith, Nonku Phiri, and Petite Noir. Come and visit ColabNowNow at the Fak’ugesi Beats Party at 6pm on the 16th of September.

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For more information and requests for interviews with the curator or ColabNowNow creatives, please contact Eduardo.Cachucho@britishcouncil.org.za or Shavaughn.Haack@britishcouncil.org.za

Notes to Editor

About British Council Connect ZA

British Council Connect ZA is a part of the Southern Africa Arts cluster and supports cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and South Africa. The programme uses a range of arts projects and the use of digital platforms to build creative networks through art forms including: fashion, music, film, design and more. The programme is committed to supporting digital skills and artistic work in Southern Africa.

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About Fak’ugesi Festival

Fak’ugesi is an annual digital innovation festival that supports the crossover of art, culture and technology in the heart of Johannesburg’s pumping youth centre, Braamfontein. It is implemented by Wits Digital Arts (University of Witwatersrand) in collaboration with the Tshimologong Innovation Precinct. The ten day festival is a celebration of creativity and technology with: talks, exhibitions, hacks, workshops, game arcades, parties and skills exchanges. For 2017 Fak’ugesi Festival salutes

Digital Africans that follow their hearts and live bravely. This is the fourth year that British Council Connect ZA has partnered with the Fak’ugesi Festival. BRAVE TECH HEARTS BEAT AS ONE.

For more information, visit: fakugesi.co.za

About Jepchumba

Originally from Kenya, Jepchumba is the founder and creative director of African Digital Art, a collective and creative space where digital artists, enthusiasts and professionals can seek inspiration, showcase their artistry and connect with emerging artists. She is a cultural ambassador who travels the world sharing her views on African art and technology. She curates various digital arts platforms in Africa and abroad. Having played a significant role to transform African digital spaces, she was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012 by Forbes, as well as Africa’s Top 25 Women Achievers by the Guardian.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

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