South African Cultural Observatory
The South African Cultural Observatory is the national public research entity of the Department of Arts & Culture. Cultural domains such as arts, tourism, heritage, libraries and museums will be researched on in order to build intellectual capacity across these sectors.
The key functions of the South African Cultural Observatory include the following:
- Policy focused research (surveys, case studies)
- Reviews of current programmes
- M&E – impact of government spending
- Collection of statistics (databases)
- Physical and Online access
- Networking, sharing, partnerships
Word from DAC
OPENING Keynote address by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa at the 2nd Sector Indaba on the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage, Johannesburg, 17 November 2016. "It was almost a year ago on the 24 November 2015 that we gathered together as the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector in a meeting of minds on the future of the arts.
And I pledged to all present that once we had completed our consultative work led by the eminent Reference Panel, we would return and reconvene the sector to engage this important work. We have remained true to this pledge and today we return for this important second consultative Indaba."READ MORE
SA Cultural Observatory hires database coordinator
THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has appointed Jan-Carel Van Der Linde as the SACO Database Coordinator, to head up the SACO’s database management.
Database management is a critical output of the SACO, which is tasked with mapping the entirety of South Africa’s cultural and creative industries (CCIs) and arts, culture and heritage sectors, creating a viable cultural information system and developing a CCI Index as a monitoring tool for industry performance.
Chill with Gauteng Opera at Sunday Morning Concert
WHAT better way to chill out on a Sunday morning than in the tranquil urban space of IT Corner in Melville while listening to the ambient light classical sounds of Gauteng Opera with guest artists from Coert’s Studio. During interval, you can enjoy a tasty brunch with family and friends. Gauteng Opera and Coert’s Studio present Classic Chill on Sunday, 26 March at 11:00.
Sarafina Musical Opens In Style
PEOPLE from all occupations came to support theatre in South Africa on the opening night of Sarafina this past Friday, 10 March 2017. The highly anticipated Sarafina hosted them; all showed up in Broadway style, from celebrities, media personnel, government and business personnel to international ambassadors.
Note from the Culturalist - CEO
THE theme for our May 2017 conference could not have come at a better time. Post the South African 2017 budget speech, when accounting, fiscal frugality and money are on our minds – there is no better time to talk economy, development and the role of the creative sectors in stimulating both of these critical elements.READ MORE
The 360: News from around the world
DEEP in the Sahara Desert lies significant cultural heritage in the form of priceless rock art reminiscent of a time when desert was actually rolling green plains. Ferdinand Saumarez Smith from the incredible Factum Foundation was recently in Chad to document the Sahara’s astonishing – and endangered – rock art, in an effort to help preserve humanity’s ancient history.READ MORE
Open Source: Latest research for download
A RECENTLY released report published by the British Creative Industries Federation (CIF) calls on public bodies to use their powers to support and protect cultural hubs, music venues and nightclubs.READ MORE
Progress Report: Updates on CO achievements
THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today opened registration for its annual conference, which this year will explore the interface between the creative economy and development.READ MORE