South African Cultural Observatory

Rwanda: Government to Invest More in Creative Industry

BY 31.07.17

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. Kanimba told the members that the government recognises the importance of the creative industries in promoting the economy, especially in terms of employment. "There is a plan to inject money in the arts. Even if it's clear that the artists need support, it's important to find ways for the industry to be self-supportive. The challenge is how to achieve that," he said. Read more.

Culture deserves a bigger role in EU diplomacy

THE European Union is pushing hard for the centrality of culture on EU foreign policy because it helps prevent conflict while simultaneously promoting EU values. There is a call to create an EU cultural visa programme and exchange for young artists, to access the EU and enhance intercultural dialogue with third countries could be of benefit for EU foreign policy.  Ministers of the European Parliament (MEPs) said culture is a powerful bridge between people, helps to strengthen civil society, to prevent radicalisation and conflicts, and disseminate EU values. They note that young people should be one of the main target groups, to be reached out by music, film, street arts, social media and digital platforms channels. The resolution on an EU strategy for international cultural relations was approved by 462 votes to 137, with 58 abstentions. Read more.

Live Music Serious Business in Singapore

A RECENT Price-Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) report  – 2021 Global Entertainment and Media Outlook report – bodes well for Singapore where music is big business. The music market in Singapore has been riding on an upward trajectory — as summarized by Music Asia — and a big part of that has been the proliferation of major live concerts, along with an increasing reliance on streaming. In 2016 alone, live music in Singapore accumulated a total of US$51 million. Read more.

Nigeria Grants some creative industries tax break Nigeria Grants some creative industries tax break

NIGERIA: THE Nigerian federal government has granted 'Pioneer Status' to the creative industry, in a landmark move aimed at transforming the industry to a creative economy and creating jobs. In a statement at the end of August 2017, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the decision to grant the industry 'Pioneer Status' is in fulfilment of the promise made by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the opening of the Creative Industry Financing Conference in Lagos 17-18 July 2017.

READ MORE
Diversity & the decolonisation of SA’s creative industries Diversity & the decolonisation of SA’s creative industries

IT WAS Youth Month in June – and a time for critical reflection on the role the youth, a perennial target of and key player in the creative and cultural industries (CCI).

READ MORE

African art racks up $4m at Sotheby’s auction, but is it good for the continent? African art racks up $4m at Sotheby’s auction, but is it good for the continent?

IN celebration of #AfricaDay and #AfricaMonth we focus on some news emanating from the continent and its scholars.

READ MORE
Beyoncé launches scholarship to support young women in the arts Beyoncé launches scholarship to support young women in the arts

BEYONCE has unveiled her ‘Formation Scholars’, a new scholarship announced on the one-year anniversary of Lemonade to support young woman in the arts.

READ MORE

More News
Tzaneen is final stop of SA Cultural Observatory national tour Tzaneen is final stop of SA Cultural Observatory national tour

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) closes its eight-stop countrywide domain workshop tour in Tzaneen on October 26.

ACT announces 12 Scholarship finalists ACT announces 12 Scholarship finalists

THE Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) announces its new-look Scholarships format, a decision taken this year when ACT announced many changes to its funding strategy.

ACT announces 20-year Awards celebration event ACT announces 20-year Awards celebration event

ACT is pleased to announce that the 20th edition of the ACT Awards will take place on Friday 17 November 2017 at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg.

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

THIS UNESCO report provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. It also examines the close relationship between World Heritage and tourism, and how climate change is likely to exacerbate problems caused by unplanned tourism development and uncontrolled or poorly managed visitor access, as well as other threats and stresses.

Heritage, connection and collaboration Heritage, connection and collaboration

GREETINGS from Toulouse. I am in France building stronger international relations with French institutions. It was also Heritage Month in September and we have been considering the importance of heritage in the arts, culture and heritage matrix. At the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) heritage is a critical consideration for us and in general for the country, and specifically for the Department of Arts & Culture.

Connect with us