South African Cultural Observatory
Making Art Work Making Art Work

The Marking Art Work survey is the sixth in a series carried out over more than 30 years at Macquarie University, with funding from the Australia Council. The surveys have thrown light on the ways in which professional arts practice has been changing over time.

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Gender Equality Policy in the Arts, Culture and Media – Comparative Perspectives Gender Equality Policy in the Arts, Culture and Media – Comparative Perspectives

GERMANY is still lagging behind its neighbours when it comes to women in culture and media, according to a comprehensive survey of the role of women in the arts, culture and media in selected European countries, carried out by the Hertie School of Governance under the academic direction of Helmut K. Anheier, and supported by the German government’s Commissioner for Culture and Media.

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World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

THIS UNESCO report provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. It also examines the close relationship between World Heritage and tourism, and how climate change is likely to exacerbate problems caused by unplanned tourism development and uncontrolled or poorly managed visitor access, as well as other threats and stresses.

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Making Space for Culture – Handbook for City Leaders Making Space for Culture – Handbook for City Leaders

AS THE rapid development of cities places strain on affordability, many cultural spaces are threatened by displacement. How are global cities responding to artists and arts organisations on the brink?

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EU study on ‘Mapping Creative Value Chains in the Digital Age’ EU study on ‘Mapping Creative Value Chains in the Digital Age’

THE European Commission’s recent study, 'Mapping the Creative Value Chains - A Study On The Economy Of Culture In The Digital Age', is a follow up to KEA’s ground-breaking 2006 research on the Economy of Culture in Europe.

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NFVF study reveals SA film industry has a positive impact on the economy NFVF 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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Open Source: UNESCO adopts guidelines to protect artists and diversify cultural content on the internet Open 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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#SACOConf2017 presentations for download #SACOConf2017 presentations for download

IN THE spirit of ‘open source’ and collective commons, the South African Cultural Observatory is excited to share the #SACOConf2017 National Conference presentations on this platform. The conference speakers have agreed to share their insights and presentation slides ahead of the release of a special edition of selected papers from the conference.

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Towards tackling inequalities in South Africa: the role of community libraries Towards tackling inequalities in South Africa: the role of community libraries

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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ILAM offers open access to African Music Journal ILAM offers open access to African Music Journal

THE International Library for African Music (ILAM), has recently finished digitising their entire publication archive and is offering full, open access to the African Music Journal, free of charge via the Rhodes University website.

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Reports finds CCIs key to night-time economy Reports finds CCIs key to night-time economy

A RECENTLY released report published by the British Creative Industries Federation (CIF) calls on public bodies to use their powers to support and protect cultural hubs, music venues and nightclubs.

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Global royalties for creators reach record high of €8.6 billion Global royalties for creators reach record high of €8.6 billion

CISAC’s 2016 Global Collections Report shows strong growth in all regions of the world and provides insight into digital music business.

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