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A gathering of creatives from the UK, ZA and the rest of Africa in the heart of Johustleburg Brought to you by the British Council Connect ZA in association with Live SA Part of the  Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 September 2014 Braamfontein, Johannesburg #creativefutures @Connect_ZA 16 of the hottest digital, […]

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A gathering of creatives from the UK, ZA and the rest of Africa in the heart of Johustleburg

Brought to you by the British Council Connect ZA in association with Live SA
Part of the  Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival

Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 September 2014
Braamfontein, Johannesburg
#creativefutures @Connect_ZA

16 of the hottest digital, design, music, performance and visual arts creatives from across the globe gather in the heart of Joburg for 3 days of creative exchanges, collaborations, talks, performances and parties.

Featured creative innovators and entrepreneurs

  • Theatre-maker Lindiwe Matshikiza (ZA)
  • Fashion designer and visual artist Jamal Nxedlana (ZA)
  • Food Jams creator Jade de Waal (ZA)
  • DJ Spoko (ZA)
  • Creative Nestlings co-founder Dillion Phiri (ZA)
  • Researcher and programmer Job King Ori Maina (ZA)
  • Visual artist Jody Paulsen (ZA)
  • Keleketla! Library co-founder Malose Malahlela (ZA)
  • Fashion entrepreneur Eseoghene Odiete (Nigera)
  • Artist and filmmaker Amirah Tajdin (Kenya)
  • Accra[dot]Alt co-founder Sionne Neely (Ghana)
  • Photographer Davina Jogi (Zimbabwe)
  • Animator Nqobizitha Mlilo (Zimbabwe)
  • Actress and partnership marketing manager Libby Curley (UK)
  • Co-founder of music label Somethinksounds Kazim Kazim Kazim (UK)
  • Artist Gareth Owen Lloyd (UK)

Meet our creatives


Opening Launch Party
Wednesday 10 September, 5pm – 7.30pm, Great Dane, By invitation only

Visual Experience of Jozi with Lebogang Rasethaba
Thursday 11 September , 2pm – 5pm, various locations around Joburg
Led by ZA filmmaker and the man behind recent documentary Future Sounds of Mzansi Lebogang Rasethaba we invite professional photographers and filmmakers to join our featured creatives on a tour of the less known locations around Joburg. Lebogang aims to to change the way South Africa is seen to the world through the use of visual media. This is a great opportunity to engage in dialogue around the geography of Johannesburg and the way its people move through and interact with it as a space.There are limited places available, however if you are a professional photographer or filmmaker and interested in attending, please contact

FREE Talks Open to the Public
Thursday 11 September from 6pm to 9pm at Velo, 85 Juta Street, Braamfontein.
Reserve your place now

6pm to 6.45pm Business in the digital age
A discussion on “Business in the digital age” touching on how digital has changed the way business is done today; digital marketing strategies; how creative entrepreneurs are adapting to the migration to digital; digital solutions to business challenges; and the importance of branding in the digital age. Speakers include Between 10 and 5 founder Uno de Waal (facilitator) Flux Trends’ Nicola Cooper, Creative Nestlings co-founder Dillion Phiri (ZA), actor and partnership marketing manager Libby Curley (UK) and artist Gareth Owen Lloyd (UK). Reserve your place

7pm to 7.45pm: Business of Fashion
Join fashion designers and entrepreneurs Jamal Nxedlana, Eseoghene Odiete, Milisuthando Bongela aka Miss Milli B (facilitator), Jacques van der Watt and Kazim Kazim Kazim for a discussion on the “Business of Fashion”. Our panel of experts will explore and debate on what the essence of ZA fashion is; definitions and the reality of being a fashion entrepreneur; distribution of ZA fashion labels; the similarities and differences in the fashion industry across the globe – namely UK, Nigeria and ZA; and finally how fashion designers can accelerate efficient business practice. Reserve your place

8pm to 8.45pm: Music promotion
Join music promoter and Weheartbeat founders Dominique Soma and Sims PhakisiMC Bhubesii, DJ Spoko , the UK’s Kazim Kazim Kazim  and Accra[dot]Alt co-founder Sionne Neely (Ghana) for a discussion on music promotion today. Topics on the agenda will be new marketing strategies for music; music entrepreneurship; opportunities and threats of digital; and emerging DIY business models. For more information and to reserve your place now. Reserve your place

Closing party: Tetrafix – international music, performance and visual art
Friday 12 September, 7pm – till late, Tickets R60, Bullion Braamfontein at the Liberty Building on the corner of Biccard St. and Wolmerans St
A merger of local and international music, performance and visual art. Featuring Ravish Momin (USA), Yuri Suzuki (JPN), Skelemton (ZA), DJ Spoko (ZA), Kazim Kazim Kazim (UK), DJ Storno (GER) and Noka Kikulu (ZA).Tetrafix is a unique event that brings together four different entities, each specializing in their own specific realm of creative development. The core partners are British Council Connect ZA, Unyazi Electronic Music Festival, A MAZE Festival and Black Cube Sessions. More information

Join us for a series of unique Twitterviews, Instagram takeovers and videos leading up to, and during, the festival.

Clear your diary from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 September!!


British Council Connect ZA is a major new series of cultural exchanges between the UK and South Africa marking 2014 as a celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa. From 2013 to 2015, the programme will support cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and South Africa with series of arts projects and use digital platforms to build creative networks through live music, film, visual art and design. Projects will range from partnerships with arts festivals and workshops to working with artists, writers, filmmakers and designers. British Council Connect ZA aims to reach new and diverse audiences for the arts and stimulate innovation, whilst forging new collaborations with organisations and individuals on both continents.., and British Council Connect ZA is project is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 and 2015 which is a partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture South Africa and the British Council.

Live SA is a nationwide youth-run media channel with all the content 100% produced by our team of 18-25 year olds working closely with professional mentors., and facebook/LiveMagSA.

The Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival is an umbrella event, aimed at coordinating and curating a number of stand-alone conferences, exhibitions, workshops, short-courses and other activities that will promote the fusion of creative and technical development of digital culture in Africa., and

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