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“For the fifth year A MAZE. is welcoming african and international independent game developers, artists, forward thinkers, vr designers and digital activists in Johannesburg to exchange tools, skills and ideas in the fields of independent games and playful media. This year we like to create positive chaos!" --- Thorsten S. Wiedemann, founder and director of A MAZE.

A MAZE. / Johannesburg is also a public event. Open arcade with the best selection of amazing independent videogames and alternative games with weird controllers. We bring together what belongs together. Games, music and people. 

A MAZE. / Johannesburg is an annual evolving platform for african and international playful media artists. Also a playground for everyone who wants to experience the magic of the Human-Human-Machine interaction.

A MAZE. provides an intensive 3-day program with talks, workshops, panels, hypertalks, screenings, artistic games, VR experiences, playful installations, concerts, av performances and party in the heart of Johannesburg, Braamfontein. 

Since A MAZE. is the first festival of that kind in Africa we have the responsibility to create a platform that grows from inside to secure the longterm goals like a national funding systems, more and effective international collaborations between universities, institutions, cultural agencies, studios and creatives

Thanks due the funding by the City of Johannesburg we’re also able to create one A MAZE. Pop up in Soweto. 

More infomations on www.amaze-johannesburg.co.za

A MAZE. / Johannesburg is part of Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, curated and organized by A MAZE.

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Lauren Beukes

South Africa
Lauren Beukes writes twisty novels, comics, screenplays, kids cartoons and tweets. Her books have been translated into 26 languages, optioned for film and TV and have won major international awards, including the Arthur C Clarke award and the University of Johannesburg Prize. Her books include: Zoo City, Moxyland, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters, the original horror comic Survivors’ Club with Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly and j-horror Rapunzel remix, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom with Inaki Miranda. She’s most proud of her kid-friendly Wonder Woman short set in Soweto, ’The Trouble with Cats’ with Mike Maihack, because it’s the first time her seven year old daughter actually understood and appreciated what she does. 

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, August 31

19:30 SAST