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Posted about Fak'ugesi Festival Curator Job Post by Kendal Makgamathe

Application Deadline: 26 March 2021

Job Description: Festival Curator


Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct based Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is looking for an experienced festival curator to work alongside the Fakugesi African Digital Innovation Festival team for an initial 8 month period. The festival curator will provide programme lead and ensure sound management of the overall festival activities.

Fakugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is rooted in showcasing and developing skills in technology, art and culture in Africa. Founded in 2014 as a collaboration between the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and the Wits School of Arts, Digital Arts Department, the festival takes as it starting point the idea that in order for innovation with technology to succeed, a strong connection needs to be made to African cultural practices and creative encounters.

About Fak’ugesi Festival – https://fakugesi.co.za/about/

Role Requirements:

 Lead and implementation of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival in 2021, this will include:

  • Work from Johannesburg South Africa, at the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct
  • Work with management to develop and implement the festival strategy
  • Curate the overall festival programme in line with a theme, industry trends and partners strategic objectives and goals
  • Input on festival marketing and communications strategy
  • Assist the business development unit with leads and proposal write up for fundraising
  • Engage project managers, producers and communications hires in the implementation of the Festival
  • Working with institutional partners, community members, artists and intermediaries to implement the festival programme
  • Compile reports for all committees, funders and partners
  • Manage the festival team and communities
  • Monitor finance and ensure efficient budget management
  • Manage all stakeholder relationships
  • Expected to engage in other ad hoc activities related to the festival as and when required


  • Must have at least 5 years experience in programming and event management particularly in the arts sector, with a preference for digital creative industries experience
  • Strong management and financial skills
  • Extensive knowledge in the digital creative sector both locally and internationally
  • Strong administrative and financial management skills
  • Experience in fundraising and strong negotiation skills
  • Must have an understanding of grant funding requirements and identify other potential funders

Contract Type: Fixed Term

The festival curator will report to the Head of the Tshimologong Digital Content Hub.

Period of Contract: Planned as 8 months (April to October) renewable after 4 months.

Salary: Negotiable.


Upload your application to this form linked below, by the end of day 26 March 2021. Application requires a complete CV and a motivational letter indicating your interest in Fak’ugesi Festival and how your prior experience will contribute to the role.

FORM — APPLY HERE: https://airtable.com/shrJeYFqOD8E3pWno