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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…

BGC Graduate Trainee Programme open call feedback

Recently, we announced the launch of our graduate trainee programme with a call for candidates interested in joining our team as an art director. The job specifications outlined that we needed candidates with skills that wouldn’t traditionally fall within the scope of art direction. The reason for this being that we are operating within a…

Introducing GIRLS IN FILM South Africa

I am convinced that by visual means alone one can persuade the viewer to feel joy, to cry, to hate, to love, to experience agitation, to suffer. Everything depends on the passionate heart of the person who, through the eye of his camera, is the first viewer of the film. We must discover the visible…

PLANET AFROPUNK | the past, present and future is Black

In a year that has given more questions than answers, more mourning than cause for celebration and more chaos than calm — AFROPUNK is bringing together the largest virtual gathering of the worldwide Black creative community in one curated online space, for the first time in its 15 year history. The world has been hurting…

Courtnaé Paul breaking barriers through breakdancing

It was through a Missy Elliot music video where Courtnaé Paul first saw the art of breakdancing —and it was love at first sight. However, growing up in a small community in Durban and only seeing men perform the art, the dance felt so far away from her experience. It was not until she was…