South African Cultural Observatory

SA Cultural Observatory roadshow Mafeking stopover coming up

BY 27.09.17

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) is headed to Mafeking in early October as the sixth stop of its countrywide tour.

The SACO, a project of the Department of Arts & Culture hosted by Nelson Mandela University, has completed five stopovers of a series of eight and will round out the tour with the Mafeking workshop on October 10, followed by an event in Vereeniging on October 12, and a final stopover in Tzaneen on October 26.

The workshops are a critical opportunity for the SACO to engage with the arts, culture and heritage sectors and receive inputs from practitioners, the SACO said this week. The think tank promotes capacity-building across the cultural domains as one of its primary activities.

 “The workshops allow us to share insights into the organisation, our now growing body of research, and tools like the South African Festivals Economic Impact Calculator (SAFEIC),” said SACO Deputy Director of Research and Strategic Engagement, Njabulo Sithebe.

 “We have been trying to reach deep into the urban and rural areas of South Africa through our roadshow. There is such a vast amount of creative work being done across South Africa and it’s very important that our research, knowledge and tools reach all creatives and empower them.  

“The win-win is that we also get to learn from them and incorporate their on-the-ground experience into the research.”

The workshop series is designed to inform creative practitioners, researchers, academics and others about the Cultural Observatory, share a growing body of research and some useful tools developed by the think tank. It is also designed to help the SACO gain insight and feedback from the creative sectors on their priorities and concerns.

The workshop series sees the SACO stopping in East London, Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein, Paarl, Upington, Mafikeng, Vereeniging and Tzaneen between July and October.

The events are open to all arts, culture and heritage sector and CCI practitioners and stakeholders; academics and researchers; interested parties from local, provincial and national government; arts managers, administrators, organisations, fundraisers and funders; event and festival organisers; and relevant stakeholders from civil society and are free of charge.

WORKSHOP DETAILS: MAFIKENG

DATE:                    10 October 2017

TIME:                    9:30am– 4pm / Registration from 8:30am

PLACE:                  Mmabana Arts, Culture and Sports Foundation

COST:                    Free – lunch & refreshments will be served

RVSP:                    5 October 2017

MORE INFO:       041 504 4930/ info@southafricanculturalobservatory.co.za

Attendees are encouraged to register online for the Mafeking workshop on October 10:  https://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.co.za/event/saco-domain-workshop-mafikeng-10-october-2017. Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to sign up to avoid disappointment.  

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