A MAZE. / Johannesburg

Successful A MAZE. / Johannesburg

As founder and festival director of A MAZE. and in the name of our partner institution Wits Digital Arts I like to thank you for an amazing A MAZE. / Johannesburg 2013. Thank you for your confidence and farsightedness to go a step more ahead into the future of games, art and technology in Africa. With your commitment A MAZE. / Johannesburg came this year a step closer to our vision of establishing an annual pan-African and international platform for Digital Arts.

It was also an honor to have all this great artists and game developers at the festival! Your talks, workshops, exhibits were very well received by the audience and by the press. I hope you enjoyed the festival.

Hard facts 2013:

Invited Artists:
38 international artists, game developers and musician (8 European, 8 African, 22 South African) from the following countries: Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, Germany, Poland, UK, France, Netherlands

Festival Activities:
7 Workshops
2 Key notes
11 Talks
2 Panels
1 Pecha Kucha
41 Exhibits
2 Parties

Festival Locations:
9 festival locations spread in Braamfontein: Alexander Theatre, WAM, Ithuba Gallery, JoziHub, Wits Digital Arts, New JSCE Space, iLounge, Kitcheners

Festival length: 2,5 days

Audience: more than 1000 people including Game Developers, Artists, Forward-Thinkers, Researchers, Digital Natives, Students, Hackers, Gamers, Musicians, Designers, Journalists, Kids, Walkthroughs.

I also want to thank the whole team in particular our partner Wits Digital Arts. Thank you to Christo Doherty, Tegan Bristow, Hanli Geyser, Kieran Reid, Angus Davidson, and the students, for their support and commitment within the partnership between A MAZE. and Wits Digital Arts. We are both looking into a great future together.

A special thanks goes to our cooperation partner Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg and co-founder EU Delegation to South Africa to make this international exchange possible. Thank you to Katharina v. Ruckteschell, Lien Heidenreich, Francois Venter and Genevieve Dehoux and Nils Jansons.

And a great thank you Oliver Heathcote from GameStick for presenting the newest hardware at A MAZE. and give some of the exhibit game developers the opportunity to pitch their game for an upcoming release on the GameStick. Hopefully we are going to hear some success stories from African Game developers in the future.

Not to forget the venues: Thanks to Annie Lopes (JoziHub), Barry Dwolatzky (New JSCE Space), Carl Ashcroft (Alexander Theatre), Rael Lissoos (iLounge), Lavendhri Arumugam (iThuba), and Julia Charlton (WAM).

Hope to see you all next year at A MAZE. / Johannesburg (September 10-13, 2014).

All the best
Thorsten S Wiedemann