“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are.

The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.” ― Steven Pressfield

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CREATIVE NESTLINGS IS A NETWORK. A DEMOCRATISED GATHERING PLACE FOR YOUNG AFRICAN CREATIVES, CENTRED ON CREATIVITY, CURIOSITY, AND AN ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET. THAT’S A PRETTY OPEN DEFINITION, AND THAT’S HOW WE LIKE IT — WE KNOW THERE’S NO LIMIT TO WHAT AFRICAN CREATIVES ARE CAPABLE OF, AND WE WANT TO HELP FACILITATE YOUR SUCCESS.

Conversations w/ Creatives.

Katlego Tshuma

This week we had a conversation with Johannesburg born multidisciplinary artist Katlego Tshuma. Tshuma recently won the Nando’s Hot Young Designer competition for his “Sangu” bench design. We talk to him about where it all started, his design process when creating the bench and where he finds inspiration.

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Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi

This week we had a conversation with Johannesburg based, filmmaker, director and writer Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi. In our conversation we talk to him about his journey as a filmmaker, a valuable lesson taught to him by a varsity lecturer and how he approaches his creative process when dealing with clients as well as having the important discussion around payments from clients. We end on a lighter note and ask him about his favorite movies.

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Watch Our Latest Film!

Zero To A Hundred is a new documentary telling a story of the state of creativity & entrepreneurship in South African cities.

“What does innovation mean to you?”“Ugh.”
In 2019, two South African platforms dedicated to community, creativity and representation – Creative Nestlings and Disorient – teamed up and set out to explore the question of what innovation means on African terms.

Moving between the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town - South Africa’ main centers of opportunity and urbanization - they reached out to creators, entrepreneurs, and investors in different industries to find out what innovation means to them, what the state of opportunity is, and where it’s all going.

2 cities. 6 months. 20 creators.

The start of an African innovation story

who we are?

For creatives, we’re a gateway. We exist to connect young African creatives to insight, industry, and each other, creating value they can use to build sustainable creative careers. We do this by sharing knowledge through our epic talks & conferences, interviews with creatives & entrepreneurs, podcasts, books, and creatives spaces, so they can learn, grow and get paid.

For industry, we’re a partner.
We provide businesses and institutions with strategic creative services & access to a growing network of multidisciplinary creative talent from across the continent on a platform that makes it easy to contact and hire them.

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