The Hub - Information & Cultural Exchange

The Hub

The Hub was a development program for creatives and cultural producers from Western Sydney who are building their own arts-related enterprises, and connected emerging businesses with mentors, training, and professional development opportunities. A competitive entry program, The Hub ran until January 2015.

Some of the Alumni of the ICE Creative Hub includes:

Cavorter
• Experiential media production + development agency run by Michelle Cotterill
• TV, film + interactive projects
• Uses media + entertainment to create experiences that engage audiences
• Creates engaging work with high production value.
Connect: michelle@cavorter.com.au / 0402 221 172

Mike Kang + Rushan Dissanayake
• Comedy scriptwriting for TV + web
• Pitching concepts with Western Sydney flavour
• Determined to create content relevant to Western Sydney
• Mike Kang awards include DigiSPAA Best feature 2012 for Gossip Nation (Director + Cinematographer),

Big Shot Graffix
• Operated by multiplatform artist
• Specialises in graphic design, videography + factual TV editing
• Hip hop + digital media workshops for young people + corporates
• Also known as Hip Hop artist Swarmy
• Skilled facilitator particularly people with mental health needs
Connect: 0499 230 437

Blatant Labs
• Animation + videography production agency run by Vinh Nguyen
• Graduate of Visual Communications, UTS
• Work screened at Cannes + Best Film, 48 Green Hours 2011
• Specialises in event documentation, editing, video production + film workshop facilitation
• Emerging facilitator for young people, particularly from CALD communities
Connect: blatant.lab@gmail.com / 0420 231 207

Colourfest
• Australian multicultural film festival with diversity focus run by Gary Paramanathan
• Actively seeks films that authentically showcase the lives of CALD communities in Australia
• Expanded to include local government in broadcast outcomes
• Skilled facilitator particularly with CALD communities
Connect: gary.paramanathan@colourfest.com.au

FYI Dance Group
• Fiji/Pacific cultural collective + social enterprise run by Fiji Youth Initiative (FYI)
• Specialise in Fiji cultural performances + workshops
• Encourages positive youth participation in the community
• Provides opportunities to develop life, creative + business skills
Connect: contactus@fyi.org.au / fyi.org.au / facebook.com/FijiYouthInitiative

Aruna Gandhi
• Performing artiste, choreographer and teacher
• Bharatanatyam specialist (Indian classical dance style)
• Creates + collaborates on new work Presents lec-dems + workshops for students + dancers
• Operates private dance school in Liverpool
Connect: arunagmn@yahoo.com / 0413 038 441 / www.silambam.wordpress.com

Lidia Luna
• Cultural events management
• Latin American film distribution
• Programming manager, Sydney Latin American Film Festival
• Collaborates with the Afro Latino Festival
Connect: lidia@sydneylatinofilmfestival.org

MAPA
• Collaborative design practice practice of directors Hugo Moline and Heidi Axelsen
• Heidi Axelsen + Hugo Moline
• Artistic, architectural, placemaking + community engagement projects
• Work with business, council and community groups
• Aim to re-imagine and develop places, spaces and communication.
Connect: info@thelot.net.au / www.facebook.com/LOT.projects / 02 9897 5477.

Seventh Seal
• Independent digital, cassette and vinyl label owned and operated by Brendan Moylan
• Based on a musical aesthetic rather than a sound or genre
• Looking to expand its roster with both local and international
Connect: brendanm@seventhsealmusic.com

Zehrish Naera
• Music + sound production
• Trained Audio Engineer
• Hip Hop MC + DJ + producer, The 26th Letter
• Member of Hip Hop crew, Soul Benefits
• Supported artists such as: The Script + Scribe
• Emerging facilitator for young people, particularly from CALD communities
Connect: soulbenefits@hotmail.com / facebook.com/The26thLetter

Suzanne Nguyen
• Emoji + social media consultant + story collector
• Uses social media + community engagement
• Story collections manifest in creative projects including installation art

Brendan O’Connell | in the loupe
• Videographer + documentary maker
• Uses augmentative alternative communication (AAC)
equipment + assistive technology
• Promotes + facilitates digital inclusion for people with disabilities
• Skilled facilitator
• AAC: umbrella term encompasses communication methods used to
supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments
in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.
Connect: brendan@intheloupe.com.au

Team 9Lives Parkour
• Operated by Ali Kadhim (Parkour teacher, fight choreographer + cinematographer)
• Operates classes + workshops
• Designs working obstacles for playgrounds + live events
• Hires out team to choreograph + perform at live shows, demonstrations and film shoots
• Skilled facilitator particularly with young people from CALD communities
Connect: info@team9lives.com / youtube.com/team9lives / instagram.com/team9lives

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