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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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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SACO launches video section on website SACO launches video section on website

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has a growing body of videos showcasing not only the Department of Arts and Culture think tank, but its work, conferences and training videos.

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Domain workshop presentations available Domain workshop presentations available

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has just wrapped its nation-wide tour and is offering all the presentations given as open source information for those who could not attend the workshops.

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New books donated to SACO library New books donated to SACO library

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has catalogued and added a number of new books to the SACO physical library based at its headquarters in Port Elizabeth. The following important publishers' book donations were included in the physical library collection: Es’kia Mphahlele's Africa my music

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SA Festivals Economic Impact Calculator Video Tutorial Now Available SA Festivals Economic Impact Calculator Video Tutorial Now Available

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today announced the release of a new training video on it's latest free online tool, the South African Festival Economic Impact Calculator (SAFEIC).

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Meet the women behind SACO: Unathi Luthshaba - new Research Manager Meet the women behind SACO: Unathi Luthshaba - new Research Manager

INTRODUCING Unathi Lutshaba, the newly appointed South African Cultural Observatory Research Manager, in a a question and answer session in celebration of Women's Month.

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SACO launches online database survey to map creative economy SACO launches online database survey to map creative economy

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has just developed and launched its basic biographical database form to collect information on the makeup of the South African Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) and Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) sectors.

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SA Cultural Observatory launches national workshop series in East London SA 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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New free online tool helps SA festival, event organisers track economic impact New free online tool helps SA festival, event organisers track economic impact

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) – a national public research entity of the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University promoting capacity building across the cultural domains – has empowered South African festival and event organisers to track the economic impact of their events.

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Top line-up of South African speakers for SA Cultural Observatory Conference Top line-up of South African speakers for SA Cultural Observatory Conference

THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory has secured a stellar local line-up of academics, researchers and creative practitioners for its National Conference at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg on May 24 and 25.

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Seven promising young scholars awarded SACO scholarships Seven promising young scholars awarded SACO scholarships

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has awarded seven scholarships and bursaries for the 2017 academic year allocating over half a million Rand to supporting young academics conducting research across the creative and cultural industries (CCIs).

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