South African Cultural Observatory
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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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Rhodes University

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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

2017/18 Budget Vote Speech - Minister Nathi Mthethwa

SPEECH by Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the Arts and Culture 2017/18 Budget Vote, Parliament, Cape Town. "Today, we meet here on a day which has significance in our history as the 23rd May marks the 23 anniversary of admission of our country as the 53rd member state of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now African Union (AU), in Tunis, Tunisia. It was at this historic gathering that Former President Nelson Mandela made the following commitments to heads of state and government..."

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Latest News

Fidelio Trio from Ireland perform for JMS

AFTER the winter break Fidelio Trio, a virtuoso ensemble from Ireland, will start the second half of the Johannesburg Musical Society’s year on Sunday 27 August at 17.00

25th Hilton Arts Festival programme released

FROM 21 August, the programme and schedule will be released on www.hiltonfestival.co.za. It is all happening next week! Make a note of these important dates and outlets to be sure you get your programme as soon as possible. If you live in KZN be sure to buy The Sunday Times this Sunday 20 August for the 32-page tabloid sized pullout. Booking opens 21 August. Hard (tree unfriendly!) copies of the programme will be at the following outlets from 21 August: PMB, HOWICK and MIDLANDS.

Iziko Gallery Women's Day Premier: The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined

THE African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined is a contemporary multimedia installation based on The African Choir’s first tour to Victorian England in 1891. The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined was first shown at Autograph ABP, London in 2016 and is a collaboration between Autograph ABP and Tshisa Boys Productions. It premieres in South Africa at the Iziko South African National Gallery on National Women’s Day and will feature guest presentations by the creators of the exhibition

Market Theatre Laboratory: 2018 applications open

APPLICATIONS for the Market Lab’s flagship programme, a two-year full-time course in Theatre and Performance, have been opened from 1 August until 30 September. The Market Theatre Laboratory offers a unique curriculum that trains professionals in the performing arts field, providing an incubation space for young artists to find their voice and develop their craft.

#SACOConf2017 video highlights released

THE South African Cultural Observatory is excited to release the video highlights from the 2017 National Conference. There are three videos – a general, overall highlights video and then two separate Day 1 and Day 2 (Africa Day celebrations) highlights.

SACO, Argentina to strengthen cultural development relations

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) is forging an enduring relationship with Argentina through various cultural diplomacy activities. This culminated in a recent visit to the SACO by the Argentinian Ambassador to South Africa, Javier Figeuroa with a view to signing a technical cooperation agreement.


Note from the Culturalist - CEO

Changing the world

NELSON Mandela once said: ‘I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.’ In July the incredible leader was front and centre as we not only celebrated his birthday through the now globally renowned 67 Minutes and Mandela Day initiative, but also in the re-naming of Nelson Mandela University.

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The 360: News from around the world

Rwanda: Government to Invest More in Creative Industry

THE Rwandan Government wants to reap more from its creative and cultural industries and this week (Jul 2017) indicated that it plans to inject more funds into the industry. This according to Minister for Trade, Industry, and East African Affairs, Francois Kanimba, who addressed members of the creative and cultural arts industry drawn from different countries around the world in a workshop organised by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Kigali.

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Open Source: Latest research for download

EU study on ‘Mapping Creative Value Chains in the Digital Age’

THE European Commission’s recent study, 'Mapping the Creative Value Chains - A Study On The Economy Of Culture In The Digital Age', is a follow up to KEA’s ground-breaking 2006 research on the Economy of Culture in Europe.

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Progress Report: Updates on CO achievements

SACO launches online database survey to map creative economy

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has just developed and launched its basic biographical database form to collect information on the makeup of the South African Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) and Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) sectors.

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BROKE-WHOLE: THE LABOR-ORATORY OF DR KALI BROKE-WHOLE: THE LABOR-ORATORY OF DR KALI

SITUATED in the beautiful Franschoek, I was happy to see the work of Kali van der Merwe. Powerful and profound, her work stirs one’s senses and reason in terms of philosophical speculation on the question concerning the relationship between life and death. Based on relics and bodies that she encounters on her farm residence, she has created images of uncanny scientific, taxidermical and magical qualities. There is a sense of structure and order, yet one “imposed” beyond the assumed categories of the sciences. Her path therefore is embraces both a desire to know nature and one that is in awe of – and complicit with – the unfolding of the natural and cosmological realms.

Another Van Schaik donation for SACO Library Another Van Schaik donation for SACO Library

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) is once again the recipient of a generous donation from Van Schaik Book Store in Cape Town, after receiving a significant bulk donation for the SACO library in July.

Paintings, prints and sculptures by Nicolaas Maritz Paintings, prints and sculptures by Nicolaas Maritz

ENERGETIC swirls and splotches, sinewy line and strong sweeping gestures in luminous enamel as abstracted faces emerge make for a powerful gallery experience. Maritz can capture both a primitive and primal impulse as well as a kind of digital all- pervasiveness that is compelling as an icon of current portend. Over and above this, he has captured a kind of spirit-energy of the collective human imagination. The faces are abstracted in their child-like simplicity, yet ooze with life. Life as it emanates from the subtle sensing apparatus: two eyes and two ears, a mouth and two nostrils. These are the mediators between what is inside and what is outside. These are the doors of perception that negotiate concrete and a not so concrete sense of the real.

SA Cultural Observatory brings workshop series to Pietermaritzburg SA Cultural Observatory brings workshop series to Pietermaritzburg

IN THE second instalment of what is an eight-stop national roadshow, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) heads to Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal to share insights into the organisation, its research and tools.

Mzansi's Golden Economy a rare commodity, Bra Ray Phiri, continues to live among us Mzansi's Golden Economy a rare commodity, Bra Ray Phiri, continues to live among us

WHEN a colossal like Bra Ray Phiri passes on, a part of you does go because he has been part of our lives as long as we can remember. Growing up in the townships the music of Ray Chikapa Phiri gave us hope and inspired us that a better tomorrow is possible.

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