South African Cultural Observatory
Cultural conference pulls creative economy into sharp focus Cultural conference pulls creative economy into sharp focus

DAY two of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) 2018 international conference delivered on its promise of deep analysis and critical and creative debates on the future of South Africa’s and the world’s creative economy. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, over 200 delegates swelled Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for the second day of the cultural think-tank’s creative industry conference. Tens of women from across the country and continent contributed to the conference proceedings covering a range of topics related to the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) and arts, culture and heritage (ACH) sectors.

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#SACOConf2018: Leveraging South Africa’s creative capital important for growth #SACOConf2018: Leveraging South Africa’s creative capital important for growth

EMPLOYMENT, job creation and the transformative power of creativity were some of the key issues discussed on day-one of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) 2018 international conference currently under way at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

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Speaking notes by Minister EN Mthethwa on the occasion of the South African Cultural Observatory’s third international conference Speaking notes by Minister EN Mthethwa on the occasion of the South African Cultural Observatory’s third international conference

Speaking notes by Minister EN Mthethwa on the occasion of the South African Cultural Observatory’s third international conference at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth. "This year marks the centenary birth of two of the finest South Africans, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Ma Nontsikelelo Sisulu. We also observed the 40th anniversary of the untimely passing of that eminent African Scholar and a leader of our people Professor Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. We shall draw inspiration from the work they did during their life time. The progressive world community shall join us in celebrating the lives of these giants of our liberation struggle."

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UJ Arts & Culture’s #METAMORPHOSIS UJ Arts & Culture’s #METAMORPHOSIS

#METAMORPHOSIS is UJ Arts & Culture’s 2018 programme of change. “Looking at our creative programme through this thematic lens is the ideal stimulus for alignment with the University’s drive to participate meaningfully in decolonisation and transformation,” says Pieter Jacobs, Head of Arts & Culture (a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture) at the University of Johannesburg.

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Young academics benefit from SACO scholarship programme Young academics benefit from SACO scholarship programme

THE cohort of young academics conducting creative economy research is expanding thanks to the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) successful scholarship and bursary scheme which has supported a total of 16 young scholars since 2015.

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Conference promises deep analysis of creative economy potential vs. reality Conference promises deep analysis of creative economy potential vs. reality

CULTURAL thinkers will gather next week to look ‘beyond the creative economy’ at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) 2018 international conference in Port Elizabeth.

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THE ARTS AND HEALTH THE ARTS AND HEALTH

The Arts and Health Research: Inspiring Creative Dialogue, special issue published in Cogent Arts & Humanities, brings together a collection of scholarly, arts-based (or creative practice-based) research papers arising from a two-day interdisciplinary symposium held in Vancouver, Canada in April 2016. The goal in the symposium was to bring together health researchers, artists and designers working within literary, performative and visual practices in order to identify mutual interests and foster cross-pollination between the arts and health, or more precisely across creative practices and health research. With this special issue, the discussion is continues.

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#SACOConf2018 programme cross-section of research, sector snapshots #SACOConf2018 programme cross-section of research, sector snapshots

THE South African Cultural Observatory 2018 International Conference programme represents a cross-section of global and local research and sector status snapshots. We are very excited to be hosting our third international conference at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth next week on 7 and 8 March.

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SA’s cultural goods exports growing faster than imports – research SA’s cultural goods exports growing faster than imports – research

A NEW report which set out to examine the growth and structure of South Africa’s cultural and creative industries trade between 2007 and 2016 has been released by cultural think tank, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO).

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ACT and SAMRO present Dorothy Masuku masterclass ACT and SAMRO present Dorothy Masuku masterclass

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites SAMRO members to attend an afternoon masterclass with the legendary singer/ songwriter Dorothy Masuku.

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SA Cultural Observatory Creative Conference host announced  SA Cultural Observatory Creative Conference host announced

THE resilient and award-winning storyteller and producer, Asanda Magaqa, is the face of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) third International Conference, which she will host as master of ceremonies (MC) in March.

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SA Cultural Observatory – By the Numbers SA Cultural Observatory – By the Numbers

IT IS an exciting time for the South African Cultural Observatory led by a consortium headed by Nelson Mandela University. We are wrapping on what has been a three-year-long contract with the Department of Arts and Culture and we are preparing to bid to host the SACO again.

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