South African Cultural Observatory
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Sarafina Musical Opens In StyleSarafina 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.

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Monitoring & evaluation key to realising South Africa’s creative potentialMonitoring & evaluation key to realising South Africa’s creative potential

The South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Measuring the value of Publicly-funded Arts, Culture and Heritage projects is a tool to ‘count culture’ and identify some tangible, quantitative value asserts Professor Jen Snowball, SACO chief research strategist and cultural economist.

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DAC applications for accreditation to cover 2017 Human Rights Day CommemorationDAC applications for accreditation to cover 2017 Human Rights Day Commemoration

THE Department of Arts and Culture has released a statement, for members in the media industry to submit their applications for accreditation to cover the 2017 Human Rights Day commemoration. This national public holiday, is a celebration of South Africa’s unique constitution and a reminder of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre.

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UNESCO Chair at TUT is a first in AfricaUNESCO Chair at TUT is a first in Africa

THE Department of Basic Education is establishing a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Sustainable Development at TUT’s Faculty of the Arts. This was announced at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on Friday, 3 March. The Chair is the first of its kind for Africa and aims to mainstream the role of culture in sustainable development.

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Texas gears up for Jesse Clegg Texas gears up for Jesse Clegg

SOUTH AFRICA’s very own Jesse Clegg will be performing at the SXSW music festival, in Austin, Texas in March. One of the largest and most influential global music events of the year. It is not limited in genre or region and audiences can enjoy a vast variety of musical styles at SXSW.

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Reports finds CCIs key to night-time economyReports finds CCIs key to night-time economy

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.

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The Creative Economy & DevelopmentThe Creative Economy & Development

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.

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