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Creativate: a line-up for the insanely curious

Published on 6 June 2019

The second Creativate Digital Arts Festival is landing in Makhanda this June/July with a vast menu of innovation, creativity and inspiration on offer

Creativate Digital Arts Festival 2019The second Creativate Digital Arts Festival, supported by Standard Bank, runs across all 11 days of the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (27 June to 7 July) and offers a vast and exciting menu of innovation, creativity and inspiration.

“This festival is not just for artists. It’s not just for geeks. It’s for the insanely curious… those who want a glimpse into the future of creativity and who want to know more about the brave new world we’re entering, and how technology is giving artists more ways to tell their stories,” says Festival CEO Tony Lankester, who has co-curated the programme along with Toby Shapshak and Lauren Fletcher.

This year, Creativate moves to the Monument (Thomas Pringle Hall), where pride of place will be held by the Creativate exhibition. Here, daring South African and international artists will exploit the spaces where creativity and technology meet, inviting visitors to experience the present through new eyes, explore the possibilities of our future, and encounter the past in ways yet to be imagined.

“Standard Bank has enjoyed being at the heart of supporting creativity, no matter the medium. We consider art to be one of the most beautiful outlets and to watch it evolve is absolutely mesmerising. We look forward to seeing what the Creativate Digital Arts Festival has in store for us this year,” says Standard Bank’s Head of Group Sponsorships Desiree Pooe.

Leading thinkers in innovation, music, social media and creativity will be giving talks and visitors will also be able to learn new skills in Creativate’s hands-on workshops, which will cover a range of topics including interactive arts, social media, digital soundscapes, augmented reality, Arduino programming and so much more.

  • Note: All Creativate exhibitions, talks and workshops are free, but space is limited for the talks and workshops so tickets should be reserved in advance. 
  • To see the full programme, please visit the Creativate Digital Arts Festival page