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A MAZE. / Johannesburg

5th International Games and Playful Media Festival


Founders Square: 41 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg


For the 5th year A MAZE. welcomes African and international game developers, digital artists, forward thinkers, entrepreneurs, and digital activitists to Johannesburg to exchange tools, skills, and ideas in the fields of independent games and playful media. Workshops, talks, parties, and a games arcade featuring the pick of African and international independent games and playful media. A MAZE. / Johannesburg 2016 - 5th International Game and Playful Media Festival is hosted under the umbrella event of Fak’ugesi - African Digital Innovation Festival.



A MAZE. is a Berlin based international label in the field of independent and alternative games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. Our portfolio includes the production of festivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, game showcases, game jams, artist in residence programmes and a magazine.

A MAZE. interacts with their events in different creative scenes including Johannesburg/ South Africa, Rijeka/ Croatia, Cluj/ Romania, Ramallah/ Palastine, Moscow/ Russia and Berlin/ Germany. A MAZE. / Berlin in April and A MAZE. / Johannesburg in September are the annual festivals that highlights games beyond the mainstream.

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Game Developers, Media Artists, Makers, Researchers, Coders, Forward thinkers, Musicians. With more than 40 international and African artists, game designers, speakers and musicians showcasing their craft, A MAZE. / Johannesburg brings independent and alternative games, music and playful media to the public in a dynamic, interactive and fun-filled 3-day event.

Find out about our Speakers! (PDF, 2.1 MB)

Games and Playful Media

As African and European culture is brought together, games and playful media stands united too. Artistic Games and Playful Media are often off the mainstream and allow for different experiences with new and playful views, often on serious topics. Technology is used as playground for artistic expression and experimental interaction with audiences interested in critical reflection and playful interaction.

Games and installations on exhibiton (PDF, 3.4 MB)

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