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Youths host creative indaba


Mohalenyane Phakela

FIVE youths are set to host the first arts creatives’ conference at Lehakoe Recreation and Cultural Centre on 13 May aimed at addressing the challenges faced by local youth in different sectors of the arts.

The African Creatives Indaba (TACI) is a brainchild of renowned actor ‘Matli Mohapeloa, Libe “Swiss” Mohale (founder of Fun and Class Relations Agency), Lipalesa Kolane (assistant vice president for the youth customer value propositions at ABSA Bank Limited), Tholoana Ncheke (Legal Officer: Film and Publication Board) and human rights lawyer Lineo Tsikoane.

Save for Tsikoane, the rest are based in neighbouring South Africa.

They said they were often approached by learners asking for career guidance, with the questions centring on job opportunities and sustainability in the creative industry.

Recognising the gap in information, the five decided to form TACI: a youth-based initiative aimed at educating, supporting and informing Basotho and other Africans about opportunities within the creative space and how the world is gradually moving towards appreciating creative professionals as decision makers and influencers in corporate industries.

“The workshop was sparked by a conversation I had with ‘Matli where we were discussing the high number of Basotho creatives sending us messages via social media asking about careers in the art space,” Mr Mohale said in a recent interview with Xpress People.

“We then joined forces with others (Ncheke, Tsikoane and Kolane) and to come up with this programme for the event which also include 15 minute participatory discussions, sponsored prizes and entertainment by Basotho artistes.

“Everyone who wants to take up the creative space as a career; from film, photography, fashion, branding, graphics and right across to music. We have speakers from different sections of the creative industry therefore tertiary students, school leavers and anyone who has been practicing with or without professional training is welcome to attend.

“One of the core issues we will be discussing is earning a living out of your talents. We aim to empower people with personal promotion skills, branding as well as encourage them to hunt for business,” he said.

He also said they hoped to secure sponsorship to enable them to host regular workshops with international speakers.

During the one-day event, each of them will address topics in their areas of expertise as indicated in the table below.

Topic Speaker
Education and the creative space  Lipalesa Didi Kolane
Relationship between traditional and creative careers in Africa (Film and Creative Spaces) Tholoana Ncheke
Business behind the Arts Libe “Swiss” Mohale
Being an actor and brand ambassador in Africa Matli Mohapeloa
Communication and Human Rights in Africa Lineo Tsikoane


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