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Be part of Creativate Digital Arts Festival 2020

Published on 6 March 2020

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Creativate Digital Arts Festival / Photo: Mark Wessels
Creativate Digital Arts Festival / Photo: Mark Wessels

Technological connection is the new normal and we must reimagine what is ‘real’, what is ‘natural’, what is creativity. What does it mean to be human, to be aware, what does it means to produce and consume? What does it mean to be watched and tracked and be infected with malicious code? Also, always be social, always be online, live through the avatar, live your best life? What does it mean to have silence… no social media envy, no late-night pings and pokes? What of the panic of no WiFi, no connection, failed servers and fatal system crashes? What does it mean to have new tools to create and connect and make the world nearer and further through online portals and physical disconnection? How does the world change when we are able to navigate alternative realities through gaming, 3D-print new worlds and experience magic-realism and alternative realities through virtual reality?

The Creativate Digital Arts Festival, which runs during the National Arts Festival from 25 June to 5 July in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), is calling all artists, technologists, futurists, animators, gamers, performers and musicians to reimagine, unravel and question our new world and submit a proposal for the 2020 edition of Creativate. We want to explore the realms of theatre, dance, visual art, film, music, gaming, hacking, coding, design, robotics, virtual reality, crowdsourced inspiration, artificial intelligence and all the spaces and crevices in between.

  • Submit your proposals HERE. The deadline for entries is 9 April 2020. 

Submissions for Creativate 2020 will be considered in any one or combination of arts disciplines where the proposed work features or deploys technology as a critical component or tool for execution of the work. Successful applicants will be offered a production budget, presentation/speaker’s fee or honorarium depending on the nature of the proposal.

  • Want to see what was presented last year? Browse the 2019 Creativate Programme
  • Creativate forms part of the National Arts Festival, which runs from 25 June to 5 July in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) in the Eastern Cape.
  • The Creativate Digital Arts Festival is presented by Standard Bank.
  • For enquiries, email

Image: The Other Dakar by Selly Raby Kane