Cultural Producers 2024

Cultural Practitioner / DJ / Johannesburg

Colleen Balchin is a cultural practitioner with 14 years experience in the music and cultural spaces focussing on queer and musically obscure, underground scenes.

Based in Johannesburg, they work globally as a DJ and cultural practitioner. Passionate about how club culture brings people together, creating shared, euphoric experiences and prototyping social cohesion, Colleen believes cultural work can be a balm to social pains, in particular addressing Gender Based Violence and Queerphobia. Through their work with P_ssy Party, they mentor women and queer people, and are an advocate within their industry. With BANS, they create musically obscure havens for outliers, breaking the heteronormative cultural landscape with forward-thinking programming and safer space tools.