Artists who are exploring the innovative space where arts and technology converge are invited to submit a proposal to be part of the second edition of the Creativate Digital Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown).

Creativate, which will run concurrently with the National Arts Festival this year – 27 June to 7 July 2019. It aims to feature a wide array of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and performances from local and international artists and digital creatives.

“Creativate is a tech-meets-arts platform that showcases some of the best thinkers and creatives in their fields,” says lead curator Toby Shapshak. “The pilot programme included prominent forms of digital art, including video, visual design, VR and also talks by local and international techies ranging from designers and photographers to gamers and futurists.”

Festival CEO and associate curator Tony Lankester says, “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.”

Submissions for Creativate 2019 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. In addition, a contribution towards travel and accommodation will be provided, along with an all-access pass to Creativate 2019 events.

Creativate is presented by Standard Bank with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the DutchCulture centre for international cooperation

Image: Source Fold Compositor at Creativate 2018 / Jan Potgieter for NAF