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4th International
Games and Playful Media Festival

A MAZE. / Johannesburg


A MAZE. is a Berlin based international brand in the field of independent games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE.



Beside the two annual festivals in Berlin and Johannesburg A MAZE. is hosting Pop Ups in Moscow, Ramallah, Cluj, Copenhagen and Rijeka. A MAZE. / Johannesburg is since 2013 part of Fak’ugesi Festival and brings in partnership with Wits Digital Arts cultural and knowledge exchange on an international level for the pan African independent games and digital arts scene in Johannesburg.

For the 4th 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. Pop-Ups
Sep 5 (Soweto) and Sep 6 (Alexandra), 2015

The A MAZE. Pop-Ups in Soweto and in Alexandra are two one day events, which are inspiring to the youth/ young adults in place. With workshops, short talks, hands-on activities, exhibition of african and european independent video games, music and fun we will introduce game design, alternative game play and give some insights into the independent game business and the worldwide connected community. We are also showing that successful games don’t depend on high budgets only.


Soweto: September 5, 2015 10:00am–6:00pm, EST 1912
1912 Gumede St, Rockville Soweto

Alexandra: September 6, 2015 10:00am–6:00pm, 3 Square Sports Centre
Cnr Rooth St & 13Th Avenue Alexandra

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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.

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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.

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