South African Cultural Observatory

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CSIR our future through scienceInternational Library of African Music
National Film and Video FoundationThe Market Theatre
The Playhouse CompanyWilliam Humphreys Art Gallery
Freedom Park 
State TheatreSahra 
PACOFSMsundusi
MuseumNational Museum
National Arts Council of SA Business and Arts South Africa
PAN South Africa Language Board South African Library for the Blind
Die Afrikaanse Taalmuseum & Monument KwaZulu-Natal Museum
National Library of South Africa National English Literary Museum
BlindSA  
 Human Sciences Research Council Nelson Mandela Museum
Arts Cape Iziko Museums of SA 
Luthuli Museum 
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THE African experience of growing, maintaining and developing a strong cultural and creative economy will be a main focal point at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) conference this May.

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

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A paper recently published by Nampombe Mnkeni-Saurombe from the University of South Africa and Nomusa Zimu from the Human Sciences Research Council on the role of community libraries reports on the Department of Arts and Culture’s conditional grant community library project progress.

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THE Arts & Culture Trust’s next five-year strategy will see the organisation making bold changes.

Call For South African Art Collective - Art Santa Fe 2017Call For South African Art Collective - Art Santa Fe 2017

THE Small Enterprise Development Agency of KZN will coordinate and host the participation of micro, emerging and established enterprises as well as individual upcoming visual artists during the Art Santa Fe show which will take place from the 13-16th July 2017 at the Santa Fe Convention Centre in USA.

Upcoming Events

SACO2017 - South African Cultural Observatory 2nd National Conference

Date:24 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
Venue:The Forum Turbine Hall
Where:Port Elizabeth

Platteland Preview Arts Festival

Date:30 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017
Venue:
Where:Smithfield
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