The University's City Campus will open its doors to the public for a series of live art activations, exhibitions, innovations, panel discussions, workshops, music, theatre, poetry, comedy, dance, food and more.
The opening night, Friday 9 September,includes a DUT Alumni fundraising event for the 'Missing Middle' campaign-a funding support initiative for students. It also featureslive performance by the award-winning a-capella trioThe Soil,andincludes the launch of the 24thInternational Symposium on Electronic Art, (#ISEA2018), which takes place in Durban in 2018 - the first time on African soil.
Several DUT academic programmes will participate in this year's Digifest, alongside external partners and organisations working with digital technologies.
Interior Designstudents present an exhibition of flat-pack lazer-cut chair prototypes, designed and manufactured in conjunction withDurban Art Deco SocietyandMakerspace Durban.
Fine Artstudents research, map, manufacture and present a series of objects exclusively for the Digifest entitledno-tech to lo-tech.
Bending Blackboards, aneLearningcollection, includes work from practitioners interfacing with art, science and technology
TheJournalismprogramme will present photo essays and short documentaries. Written, video and audiocoverage of the DigiFest will be streamed on theJournalismizikoonline publication and online radio.
ThePhotographyprogramme are working with 3D mapping artists to exhibit a selection of images, which will bring new life to parts of the campus.
Graphic Designstudents will exhibit portfolios thatembrace a wide range of digital media for print or online publications, websites, online apps, animation, advertising, stationery, and other forms of visual communication.
Live performance features at the sixth annualDUT Children's Theatre Festival, a parallel event, which takes place at the Courtyard Theatre from 8 to 11 September. DigiFest will stage a satellite production from this festival ofLooking for a Leader, and dance students from theDramadepartment will stage two dance performances.
This year's theme, "We are such stuff", is taken from William Shakespeare's The Tempest, in commemoration of the 400 year anniversary of his death. #?Shakespeare400
DUT DigiFest is presented by the Faculty of Arts and Design at Durban University of Technology, with support from the Ethekwini Municipality.