South African Cultural Observatory
SA launches local leg of global creative business cupSA launches local leg of global creative business cup

A GLOBAL model for rewarding outstanding creative and design thinking has made its way to South Africa with the launch of the Creative Business Cup South Africa concept to the South African market.

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SA Cultural Observatory launches national workshop series in East LondonSA Cultural Observatory launches national workshop series in East London

OFF the back of a wildly successful national conference in May, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) kicks off a nationwide roadshow of eight domain workshops in East London in July.

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2017 Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award Winner2017 Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award Winner

RISING star actress and theatre director Lesedi Job was last night named the winner of the 4th annual Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award.

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ACT | UJ unlearns how to conferenceACT | UJ unlearns how to conference

#CreativeUprising, the 5th ACT | UJ Creative Conference will engage with South African Art Education in its current state and possible future.

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Siopis, Brand & Messina at Stevenson GallerySiopis, Brand & Messina at Stevenson Gallery

THE three exhibitions on offer have the effect of deconstructing and destabilising assumed paradigms. Penny Siopis achieves through the juxtaposition of painting and sculpture; Jody Brand through her subversive photographs and Mitchell Gilbert Messina accomplishes this through reflecting on the overproduction of internet video.

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International artists head to SA’s cultural meccaInternational artists head to SA’s cultural mecca

FOR 11 days Grahamstown will become the cultural mecca of South Africa when the National Arts Festival draws artists, dancers and musicians from around the world to perform on its stages from 29 June to 9 July.

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National Youth Wind Orchestra set to blow PE awayNational Youth Wind Orchestra set to blow PE away

THE National Youth Orchestra Winter Course will be held in Port Elizabeth in July, with performances at the National Arts Festival and the Savoy Theatre.

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SACO Library gets generous Van Schaik, Bargain Books donationsSACO Library gets generous Van Schaik, Bargain Books donations

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has been the recipient of two generous and vast donation from two leading South African book stores: Bargain Books and Van Schaik.

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NFVF study reveals SA film industry has a positive impact on the economyNFVF study reveals SA film industry has a positive impact on the economy

THE National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has released findings of their second Economic Impact Assessment study which reveals the industry’s economic contribution to the country’s GDP over a four-year period. The study, conducted by Urban Econ in the 2016/17 financial year, identifies and quantifies the economic impact of the film and television industry between January 2013 to March 2017.

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ERF 81 on the verge of a meltdownERF 81 on the verge of a meltdown

ERF 81 or the Tamboerskloof farm, an ex-military space and a site layered with historical narrative, is threatened by gentrification. When Andre Laubscher moved in together with his family in 1995, the land was turned into a farm and in the process a vibrant, creative community began to form where artists, musicians and writers set to work. Moreover, it became a haven for abandoned children, a place for vegetable growing and markets as well as a conservatory for endangered animals. However, recently the residents have been served eviction notices and Erf 81 is on the verge of a meltdown.

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National Arts Festival just around the cornerNational Arts Festival just around the corner

FOR 11 days, Grahamstown will become the cultural center of South Africa when the National Arts Festival draws artists, dancers and musicians from around the world to perform on its stages from 29 June to 9 July. Grahamstown is located in the Eastern Cape, 130km from Port Elizabeth. The National Arts Festival is one of the most important events on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent.

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Open Source: UNESCO adopts guidelines to protect artists and diversify cultural content on the internetOpen Source: UNESCO adopts guidelines to protect artists and diversify cultural content on the internet

UNESCO adopted guidelines to protect artists and diversify cultural content on the internet last week (June 2017). The guidelines address the need to ensure an inclusive offer of content to the public that will not discriminate against cultural goods on the basis of provenance, language or social factors.

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