Creativate is the new brainchild of National Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester, a mini festival that seeks “to explore the space where creativity, innovation and technology converge”.
Lankester is a self-proclaimed geek and has long been fascinated by the accelerated rate of innovation that digital technologies facilitate.
It’s exciting to see technology embraced as creativity, rather than as scientific “other” to the arts. The inaugural festival brought together the many fascinating aspects of digital technologies, including forays into sound, poetry, visual arts, and performance.
Kieran Reid hosted the Fak’ugesi Play Room, which demonstrated games designed by his pioneering postgraduate students from Wits. He gave a talk on the spaces where “Gaming and Theatre Meet” and the public had the opportunity to try out and discuss new games with their developers.