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Influential women commend SACO National Conference Influential women commend SACO National Conference

LEADING WOMEN in the arts and culture sector have praised the inaugural South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) national conference, held in Port Elizabeth on 16 and 17 May, for the diverse set of speakers and practical narratives shared at the event.

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SABC commits to play 90% local music across all platforms SABC commits to play 90% local music across all platforms

THE SOUTH AFRICAN Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has committed itself to playing 90% local music across the 18 radio stations as from 12 May 2016. This follows extensive and successful engagements with some music representatives.

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Ghanaians secretariat for creative arts practitioners soon to be established Ghanaians secretariat for creative arts practitioners soon to be established

GHANA: THE GHANAIAN Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts recently held a workshop to share the rationale of the new Creative Arts Bill, which if passed will be called the Creative Industry Scheme, with stakeholders.

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Mapping Diversity: An Exploration of Our Social Tapestry Mapping Diversity: An Exploration of Our Social Tapestry

STATSSA RECENTLY, in May, released the results of an interesting mapping study which looks at the lasting geo-spatial legacy of apartheid and the patterns of racial neighbourhood integration and segregation across South Africa’s largest cities.

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NAC Call for book publishing in African languages NAC Call for book publishing in African languages

THE LITERATURE Advisory Panel of the National Arts Council is hereby inviting applications from independent South African publishing houses and publishers for its special grant in the attempt to redress scarcity of leisure books in African languages.

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Critical thinking thrives at the SACO National Conference Critical thinking thrives at the SACO National Conference

OVER THE two day-long inaugural South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) national conference insights were shared and a confluence of ideas, methodologies and case studies achieved as speakers and delegates mulled over ‘Counting Culture’, the conference theme.

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International involvement at the SACO National Conference International involvement at the SACO National Conference

AN IMPRESSIVE line-up of international experts will contribute key academic, creative and economic insights and findings at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) first national conference in Port Elizabeth from Monday, 16 to Tuesday, 17 May.

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Eastern Cape Universities support SACO Eastern Cape Universities support SACO

A STRONG regional flavour is anticipated at the first ever South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) national conference, next week, driven by universities from across the Eastern Cape. The SACO is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on behalf of the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), and the conference will take place in Port Elizabeth from Monday, 16 to Tuesday, 17 May.

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Speech by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa at Arts and Culture 2016/17 Budget Vote, National Assembly, Cape Town Speech by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa at Arts and Culture 2016/17 Budget Vote, National Assembly, Cape Town

TWENTY YEARS ago in this very house, on the 8th May 1996, with great excitement and pride, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa was adopted. This momentous occasion ushered in a new era where: “Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedom.

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BASA debuts exciting cultural tourism initiative BASA debuts exciting cultural tourism initiative

The pilot phase of artstourism.guru is a new online platform, which has been designed to integrate heritage and cultural experiences with South Africa’s well-established natural attractions.

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Exciting mix of speakers at the SA Cultural Observatory National Conference Exciting mix of speakers at the SA Cultural Observatory National Conference

Over 50 local and international speakers will present key academic, creative and economic findings at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) first national conference in Port Elizabeth from Monday, 16 to Tuesday, 17 May.

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Note from the Culturalist: CEO Note from the Culturalist: CEO

IT'S appropriate this month to spend some time thinking about freedom – and freedom in the arts in particular. When considering this, many debates centre on creative freedom, or the extent to which an artist has freedom to produce works that offer up their viewpoint on subject matter. While this is certainly critical in an artist’s life, there are many other freedoms that need to be in place before an artist can manifest creative work that does that.

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