EXCITING IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE ANNUAL DIGIFEST
Written by: Xolisani Khumalo
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) today launched its 3rd Annual Digital Arts Festival (Digifest) at the City Campus where dignitaries like the Faculty of Arts and Design (FAD) Executive Dean Dr Rene Smith, and the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of International and Governance Relations, Eric Aplegren, shed light on the relationship the Digifest has with the municipality.
Aplegren spoke about how the city aims to promote and create entrepreneurs out of young people in a collaborative way, using the DUT Digifest.
“The city’s primary goal is to grow the event long term, to create opportunities for young people in the digital space and the creative space, to really create entrepreneurs out of young people using DUT as a base and it’s really keeping with the city’s vision of promoting entrepreneurs out of young people,” said Aplegren.
Digifest is a DUT FAD initiative that is aimed at promoting and showcasing students’ artistic works and talents. It also helps the general public, mainly scholars and parents who are interested in the arts, to develop a better understanding of the industry.
According to Digifest Project Manager, Steve Jones, the event’s primary goal is to inspire and push students to come up with innovative ideas.
“What we are trying to do with Digifest beside contributing to technology and realising its role in our lives, is inspire students to think beyond the realms of their everyday perspective,” explained Jones.
Digifest will take place on the 9th and 10th of September at DUT’s City Campus where a fundraising event for the Missing Middle Campaign will also take place.
“A part of this year’s festival would be raising funds for the Missing Middle Campaign through alumni profiles. We will also incorporate the 24th International Electronic Art event,” said Smith who is also the director of the festival.
Organisers are assuring that the event will be safe and easily accessible by students and members of the public that are interested to attend.
“There will be shuttle busses that will transport people to and from City campus, we’ve also asked the city to block off a lane around the campus so that there is easy access,” Jones told Journalismiziko.