South African Cultural Observatory

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CSIR our future through scienceInternational Library of African Music
National Film and Video FoundationThe Market Theatre
The Playhouse CompanyWilliam Humphreys Art Gallery
Freedom Park 
State TheatreSahra 
PACOFSMsundusi
MuseumNational Museum
National Arts Council of SA Business and Arts South Africa
PAN South Africa Language Board South African Library for the Blind
Die Afrikaanse Taalmuseum & Monument KwaZulu-Natal Museum
National Library of South Africa National English Literary Museum
BlindSA  
 Human Sciences Research Council Nelson Mandela Museum
Arts Cape Iziko Museums of SA 
Luthuli Museum 
More News
SA Cultural Observatory hires database coordinatorSA 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 ConcertChill 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.

Deadline for creative economy conference submissions nearsDeadline for creative economy conference submissions nears

THE creative economy is one of South Africa’s most underappreciated economic drivers, keeping thousands in jobs and contributing almost 3% to GDP.

BASA Celebrates 20 years of Partnerships, People and ConnectivityBASA Celebrates 20 years of Partnerships, People and Connectivity

2017 sees Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) celebrate twenty years of arts business partnerships, with an invigorated focus on growth, research, connectivity and celebration that confirms the organisation’s standing as a leader on the African continent.

Research bodies partner to analyse impact of Cape Town CarnivalResearch bodies partner to analyse impact of Cape Town Carnival

IT’S AN extravaganza of creativity and culture not to be missed – but how much does the Cape Town Carnival add to the bottom line of the City and more?

Upcoming Events

SACO2017 – South African Cultural Observatory 2nd National Conference

Date:24 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
Venue:The Forum Turbine Hall
Where:Johannesburg

Platteland Preview Arts Festival

Date:30 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017
Venue:
Where:Smithfield
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