South African Cultural Observatory

SA Cultural Observatory roadshow to visit Vereeniging

BY 27.09.17

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) will deliver its second last domain workshop in Vereeniging on October 12.

The stopover is the seventh in a series of eight workshops offered country-wide.  The final stop is Tzaneen on October 26.

Since July the SACO, a project of the Department of Arts & Culture hosted by Nelson Mandela University, has been on a South African roadshow, reaching across the nine provinces and into rural and urban nodes to share the think tank’s research, mandate and to gain insights from the creative sectors.

“We have learnt a lot thus far on our national tour. The roadshow has been as much about listening to the needs and experiences of the arts, culture and heritage sectors as about sharing the research and insights we have gained over the past couple of years of operation,” said Njabulo Sithebe, SACO Deputy Director of Research and Strategic Engagement.

“Although we are close to wrapping the roadshow, it’s really the beginning of a journey of analysing the sector inputs and for discerning new ways of ensuring empowering information and knowledge reaches all South Africans who work in the creative and cultural industries.”

One of the SACO’s primary activities is the promotion of capacity-building across the cultural domains – in large part driven by events such as the domain workshops. 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.

“Our domain workshop series is a critical part of stakeholder engagement to share the insights, trends, information and policy influencing South Africa’s creative economy and make a difference to creatives across South Africa,” he added, saying the SACO’s research products, tools and frameworks for monitoring and evaluation were all free for use and available on the SACO website.

The workshop series has seen stopovers in: East London, Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein, Paarl, Upington, Mafikeng, Vereeniging between July and October, and will round out with the final workshop in Tzaneen.

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: VEERENIGING

DATE:                    12 October 2017

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

PLACE:                  Vereeniging Civic Theatre

COST:                    Free – lunch & refreshments will be served

RVSP:                    6 October 2017

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

Attendees are encouraged to register online for the Vereeniging workshop on October 12: https://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.co.za/event/saco-domain-workshop-vereeniging-vaal-river-12-october-2017. Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to sign up urgently to avoid disappointment.  

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