South African Cultural Observatory

Events Overview

 SACO Events

Capacity Building Workshop (Training) 4: M&E Framework13 February 2017
SACO National Conference: Turbine Hall, Johannesburg24-25 May 2017
Capacity Building Workshop (Training) 1: M&E Economic Impact Calculator23 May 2017
SACO Domain Workshop 1: East London, Eastern Cape27 July 2017
SACO Domain Workshop 2: Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal17 August 2017
SACO Domain Workshop 3: Bloemfontein, Free State30 August 2017
SACO Domain Workshop 4: Paarl, Western Cape7 September 2017
Capacity Building Workshop (Training) 2TBC
Capacity Building Workshop (Training) 3TBC
SACO Domain Workshop 5: Upington, Northern Cape21 September 2017
SACO Domain Workshop 6: Mafikeng, North West10 October 2017
SACO Domain Workshop 7: Vereeniging/Vaal River, Gauteng12 October 2017
SACO Domain Workshop 8: Tzaneen, Limpopo & Mpumalanga26 October 2017

Capacity Building Workshop (Training) 4


South Africa Events





The House of Truth - 29
The Alliance Francaise Jozi - 28
Johannesburg International Mozart - 5


Cape Town Electronic Music - 12
Cape - 25
Cape Town Art - 19
Cape Town Sixes Cricket and Cultural & 19
Dance Umbrella - 5 
Eastern Cape Music Awards 2017
Metro FM Music


Hobby - 5 
Soweto Wine - 5
US - 12 
Durban International Jazz
OmmiBerg 'Round the Paarl Rock'
The SA International Film Festival - - 11 
Festival of - 12 
Cape Argus Cycle  
Time of the Writer International Writers - 18 
Wakkerstroom Music Festival - 21 
Lambert's Bay Crayfish and Cultural Festival - 19 
Cape Town Carnival 
SA Eco Film Festival - 26 
CapeArgus Sports - 26 
Franschhoek ATKV 
Cape Town International Jazz - 1 


Klein Karoo Nasionale - 15 
Splashy Fen Music Festival - 16 
Ironmanwww.ironmansouthafrica.com14 - 30 
Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts - 1 - 1 
SA Cheese - 30 
SAJE Jazz - 30 


Festival of Excellence in Dramatic - 27 
Franschhoek Literary - 21 
Greyton Genadendal Classics for All - 21 
MTN - 28 


Encounters SA International Documentary Film Festival 1 - 11 
Good Food & Wine Show - Cape Town - 4 
MIDEM (International) 5 - 8 
Hermanus FynArts - 18 
National Arts Festival 29 - 9 
Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival - 9 
Kirkwood Wildlife Festival - 2 


Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival - 8
Innibos Kunstefees - 8
Durban International Film Festival - 23
Turbine Art Fair - 16
Vrystaat Kunstefees - 22
Mediatech Africa - 21
Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival - 29
Good Food & Wine Show - Johannesburg - 30
International Marimba & Steelpan Festival - 30


Klein Karoo Klassique - 13
Gariep Arts Festival - 3
KZN Music Imbizo - 2


Open Book Cape Town Festival - 10
The Hilton Arts Festival - 17
Hermanus Whale Festival - 1


Good Food & Wine Show - Durban - 29




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