South African Cultural Observatory

Conference to capture creative economy trends

BY Richard Haines 26.04.17

IT’S ALL systems go for the second South African Cultural Observatory National Conference on May 24 and 25 in Johannesburg. We are very excited to present a dynamic and varied programme – featuring a wide range of global, African and local speakers and perspectives; especially since it’s Africa Day on May 25.

We have secure some of the leadings minds doing work to promote and understand the creative and cultural economy globally. We are particularly pleased to be hosting Professor Erez Aiden, from the Rice University Culturomics Observatory who has been doing ground-breaking big data work digitizing books with Google.

World renowned cultural economist, Professor Lluis Bonet from the University of Barcelona, will bring his perspective on developing the Spanish creative economy; and Andres Gribnicow, Undersecretary of Creative Economy, Ministry of Culture (Argentina), will speak about the ‘Creative Argentinean’.

Professor Geoffrey Wood, Professor of International Business at the University of Essex, will offer a global view in his presentation: ‘The Twilight of Liberal Markets, and What It Means for Economy, Culture and Society.’

Again this year we host our conference as part of the Africa Day celebrations – and the line-up of African speakers offers some real on-the-ground insight into the experiences of our neighbours on the continent.

We have a variety of respected African academics, consultants and practitioners primed to share experiences from across the continent. Included in this are:

  • Florence Majachani, from the Nhimbe Trust and an Independent Research Consultant;
  • Butholezwe Nyathi, the Programmes Manager at Amagugu International Heritage Centre (AIHC);
  • Bamuturaki Musinguzi is a Ugandan professional journalist and cultural economist; and
  • Calvin Boasilong from Ideas Expo Botswana.

The conference programme also features African academics and practitioners living in South Africa, including:

  • Oyekunle Adebola, a Nigerian working at the Tshwane University of Technology, who will present on ‘Challenges in cultural and creative industry policy development in South Africa’;
  • Prof Enyinna Nwauche, a Nigerian based at Rhodes University who will outline ‘The Open Access Regime in South Africa's National Integrated ICT White Paper and the Creative Industries: Examples from the E-space project’; and
  • Raymond Ndhlovu, a Zimbabwean at Rhodes University who will look at ‘Developing a Regional Cultural Policy: Guidelines for areas without big cities’.

Then, we have an exciting series of presentations from South African creative industries experts, including a panel series presented by:

  • Business Arts South Africa on ‘Junk Status – Different Futures, Different Opportunities?’;
  • Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection on ‘New Thinking on the Arts and Development in South Africa’;
  • Human Sciences Research Council on ‘African Development & the Arts’; and
  • The Fort on film, television and animation in Africa.

Top local academics – complementing the international and African component to the programme –include:

  • Professor Kennedy C. Chinyowa of Tshwane University of Technology.
  • Prof Mzo Sirayi, Tshwane University of Technology Arts Faculty.
  • Prof Enyinna Nwauche, Rhodes University.
  • Avril Joffe, Wits School of the Arts.
  • Lee Watkins, International Library of African Music.
  • Elizabeth Vale, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection.
  • Prof Jen Snowball, Rhodes University and SACO Chief Research Strategist.
  • James Drummond, North West University Mafikeng.
  • Chrismare Carse, Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
  • Prof Richard Haines, SACO Chief Executive Officer.

The programme gives special attention to festivals, events and monitoring and evaluation with insights on the Cape Town Carnival, Stellenbosch Literary Arts Festival, the Klein Karoo Kunste Festival and the Mahika Mahikeng event.

A range of practitioners are primed to share case studies on their work with presentations by Refilwe Nkomo from !Kauru, Fiona Gordon from the University of the Witwatersrand, Justine Watterson and Ruth Sack from Imbali Visual Literacy Project, Winnie Sze from the Social Fabric Project, Banele Lukhele from Luk Arts, and Gabriel David Crouse, art critic from Independent Media, amongst others.

 All in all – exciting times. You can view the draft programme here: https://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.co.za/2017-saco-conference/programme

And you can register to attend the conference here: https://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.co.za/2017-saco-conference/registration

 

Update on SACO activities

April has mainly been focused on the conference. But there are some exciting research products and projects being announced – watch this space.

Until then, enjoy the April edition of The Cultural Observer.

 

Your Culturalist,

Prof. Richard Haines

South African Cultural Observatory: CEO

 

 

Celebrating Creative Women Celebrating Creative Women

WOMEN are, in many ways, shaping the future of the creative industries. Last year Prof Jen Snowball, SACO Chief Research Strategist, compressed data from National Mapping Study of the creative and cultural industries released in 2014, and published this article in The Conversation – From the stage to the boardroom: South African women make slow transition.

READ MORE
Changing the world 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.

READ MORE

Young, free and creative Young, free and creative

YOUNG people will shape the cultural and creative economy of the future. While they have always been at the forefront of the culture and content of cool, now more than ever it is important to consider the value, power and role of the youth in building and sustaining this economy.

READ MORE
#SACOConf2017 - it's a wrap! #SACOConf2017 - it's a wrap!

THE #SACOConf2017 was a real celebration of the current and future potential of the creative economy. Please enjoy this special edition newsletter which focuses on highlighting some of the speeches and insights offered - and which also covers the emerging trends, the critical debates and access to the presentations.

READ MORE

More News
Special Award recipients at 20th BASA Awards Special Award recipients at 20th BASA Awards

HUMAN rights activist Justice Albie Sachs, the Swiss cultural centre Pro Helvetia, and law firm Webber Wentzel have been honoured with BASA Special Awards.

SAFEIC Calculator Video Tutorial Now Available SAFEIC Calculator Video Tutorial Now Available

The South African Cultural Observatory is excited to announce the release of a training video on the use of the SAFEIC Calculator. The South African Festivals Economic Impact Calculator (SAFEIC) is a free online tool developed by the South African Cultural Observatory specifically for cultural festival and event organisers so they can track the economic impact of their events. The SAFEIC is designed to be used to estimate the economic impact of a festival on a host economy. It has been carefully, and conservatively, designed so as to produce results that are as reliable and valid as possible for a wide range of events – provided the data that is inputted is as accurate as possible.

Three Solo shows: Turiya Magadlela, Bronwyn Katz and Herman Mbamba At Blank Projects Three Solo shows: Turiya Magadlela, Bronwyn Katz and Herman Mbamba At Blank Projects

RELOCATED to larger premises in Woodstock, Blank Projects is a wonderful space for art. In this premier show, three artists present distinct methods and processes that may be understood in various ways. Magadlela’s “Wabana lapho isifebe, wangena kuso” employs pantyhose on canvas to great effect; Katz uses bed wiring and Mbamba uses acrylics within the context of torn pages from Norwegian fashion magazines.

19 Days in September: Steve Biko Exhibition 19 Days in September: Steve Biko Exhibition

AN exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the death and immediate aftermath of the murder of Steve Biko by security police in South Africa in September 1977, opened in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, on Tuesday 12 September at noon.

Youth Expression Festival 2018 call out Youth Expression Festival 2018 call out

THE South African State Theatre’s Education, Youth and Children Theatre (EYCT) Department will be celebrating the 10th Youth Expressions Festival in 2018. In celebrating a decade of staging young people’s professional work, and commemorating the struggles fought by the youth of 1976, professional young art practitioners are invited to propose their work of art to be part of the festival, which will be divided into the Main and Fringe programs.

Connect with us