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Eccentric Circus | MultiChoice Talent Factory Alumni share their wisdom

“Telling stories that have a positive impact on how Black people view themselves [is important to us]. We want to foreground positive representation of young Black people, so images of themselves succeeding, happy and in ordinary situations exist.” Xolani Nhlapho, Executive Producer at Eccentric Circus Production company Eccentric Circus has a unique founding story aided…

ARTLAB | Reimagining the future for Durban creatives

ARTLAB invites you to take part in the first edition of the ARTLAB mentorship programme. ARTLAB is a 3-month initiative that aims to help emerging creatives affected by the COVID-19 lockdown by providing them with tools that will develop and accelerate their professional growth. From April to June 2021, ARTLAB will be held at Durban’s…

The Kewpie Legacy Project 

The Kewpie Photographic Collection is a valuable resource documenting a thriving and celebrated queer culture within a community that has since been scattered, showing the value of personal archives in telling potentially lost stories. The collection reinforces historical understandings of District Six as a close-knit community where diversity was valued, while highlighting a lesser-known aspect…

Of innovation & creativity | Introducing MultiChoice’s 2021 Innovation Fund beneficiaries

2021 sees a total of eight Innovation Fund beneficiaries: Duma Collective, The Throne, Swypa Delivery, Mzansi Live, Yellowbone Entertainment, The Plug, Whoosh Innovations and Bubblegum Club, all spanning across various industries but breaking ground in their own respective ways. Innovation is one of those slippery modern terms. Difficult to define through language — perhaps because it can take…

Bubblegum writer’s reflections on 2020 + visions for 2021

2020 was a wildly unexpected year with great social and institutional change gripping the world; COVID19 pandemic included. Our team has seen the year through with continually producing work to inspire growth, interrogate injustice and remind our audience of the immense creativity and ingenuity of artists around the globe. It is an honour to introduce…

Zethu’s Tales | looking beyond the horizon

Owner of — and writer and producer for Zethu’s Tales; Mbalizethu Zulu, founded her production company with a vision of telling entertaining and educational stories that would work not only to instil hope within local communities, but she also had a vision of fleshing out on screen those stories which rang true to her own…

Eccentric Circus Productions | a drive to shift perspectives

As Bubblegum Club continues to highlight Black young owned production companies and the dynamic individuals and talents behind them — we spent some time talking to production company; Eccentric Circus. The fates of co-founders Neo Sibiya, Xolani Nhlapho and Thabo Mashila—all graduates of other institutions—the University of Witwatersrand, AFDA and Tshwane University of Technology respectively…