South African Cultural Observatory National Conference

Elizabeth O’Connor

I am Elizabeth (Beth) O'Connor. Born in Australia, I have lived and worked in the UK, Australia and across Africa for the past 15 years. Trained as a marketing and communications professional, I have pivoted my career in the past six years towards the art and creative sectors with a strong focus on youth and diverse audiences. I have a global perspective working on parallel projects in the Global South and North. I completed a Masters of Arts (Cultural Policy and Management) with Distinction at the University of Witwatersrand in 2015 and received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence for the top Graduating MA Student in Cultural Policy and Management.

Now based between East Africa and the UK, I have been the Head of International Media at the Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi since 2010 and am currently freelancing for the Royal African Society. While in South Africa I was a part of the leadership team for youth agency, Livity Africa, and oversaw youth-led projects encouraging innovation and collaboration in the creative and digital industries in South Africa, Africa and the UK. I have also been the head of marketing for two London (UK) arts venues – The Design Museum and Rich Mix. 

Elizabeth O’Connor

Elizabeth O’Connor

Cultural Observatory issues call for National Conference papers

January 31, 2017: THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today announced the theme for its national conference of the arts, heritage and culture sectors.

2016 National Conference Highlights

Watch the SACO 'National Conference 2016 - Counting Culture' highlights video featuring interviews with some of the speakers and participants; and conference insights and lessons.

About the South African Cultural Observatory

Led by the Department of Arts and Culture, and hosted by NMMU, the SACO is a statistical research institute which charts the impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa.

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