South African Cultural Observatory National Conference

Registration for the 2nd SACO National Conference is Now Open!

The 2017 SACO second National Conference, hosted at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, will feature a range of experts, both academic and from industry, who will deliver significant insight into the industry, in support of the major theme, ‘The Creative Economy & Development – Perspectives from the Developed and Emerging Economies’.

Please see below for detailed registration information and registration types. Don’t forget to take advantage of pre-conference discount options we have on offer.

Your Conference Registration Includes:

  • Two full conference days including:
    • Keynote speakers
    • Panel sessions
    • Wednesday and Thursday buffet lunch
    • Refreshment breaks
    • Programme materials, including access to the conference proceedings and presentations via the 2017 SACO conference website
    • Wednesday evening conference dinner
  • Invaluable networking opportunity with local and international representatives of the Cultural and Creative Industry. You are responsible for your travel, lodging and incidental expenses. There is no reduced conference fee for late arrivals or early departure. One day only fees are also not available.

Registration Fees

Standard Conference Rates

Package Price Deadline
Early bird registration: R2 100.00 31 March 2017
Standard Price: R2 400.00 28 April 2017
Late registration: R2 800.00 12 May 2017

Student Conference Rates *

Early bird registration: R1 300.00 31 March 2017
Standard Price: R1 600.00 28 April 2017
Late registration: R2 000.00 12 May 2017

*Student conference rates apply only to students currently who are currently registered at a university and underway with their formal studies.  Proof of registration in the form of a letter from a supervisor/registrar from the institution must be provided in order to take advantage of this special rate together with a presentation of a valid student card for 2017.

Conference Dinner

A conference dinner will be held on the first evening of the conference, Wednesday 24th May.  Drinks will be served on arrival and a cash bar will be available for the remainder of the evening. The venue for the dinner will be announced to all attendees prior to the conference.

Payment Information

Payment must accompany your registration.  We accept the following payment methods:

Credit /Debit Card VISA, MasterCard  
EFT ** Name of Account: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Type of Account: Business Current Account
Account Number: 080 263 011
Standard Bank Branch: Rink Street
Branch Code: 050417

**When making deposits, please use the reference code ED47 followed by your name and surname, for example, ED47RichardHaines.

Registration Confirmation

E-mail confirmation of registration and receipt of payment will be sent out once funds have been cleared.


If you must cancel your conference registration, please do so as soon as possible. A refund as outlined below will apply:

Cancellation Deadline for Refund Refund Applicable
12th April 2017 50%
13th – 26th April 2016 25%
27th April or later No refund

Refunds will be issued only if a request is made in writing to within the cancellation deadlines outlined above. After the 27th April 2017, due to various conference commitments and guarantees, refunds are not available.

Please note, no refunds will be due for registered participants who do not attend the conference and have not notified the organisers in writing by the cancellation deadlines. However we are willing to accept substitute attendees, should you not be able to make the conference. If you would like to substitute your attendance with that of another person, please write to us at to make the appropriate arrangements.

While it is unlikely, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) may cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. If the conference is cancelled or postponed, registration fees will be refunded, but SACO cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges or expenses including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Registration fees will not be cancelled and refunds will not be issued if the conference is held but the participant is unable to attend due to travel delays or cancellations caused by inclement weather, or due to other extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the South African Cultural Observatory.

Publicity Statement

Photographs, Publicity, and Participant Lists: Registration for this event gives automatic consent for photographs, publicity and inclusion on the participant list unless the South African Cultural Observatory is notified in writing prior to the start date. Please write regarding any confidentiality requests.

Special Assistance

A participant with a disability who needs special accommodation or has special dietary requirements should indicate services needed at the time of registration. If you have further questions, please contact Bavuyile Mbatha Early notification is requested to ensure that accommodations can be provided in a timely manner.

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Cultural Observatory issues call for National Conference papers

January 31, 2017: THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today announced the theme for its national conference of the arts, heritage and culture sectors.

2016 National Conference Highlights

Watch the SACO 'National Conference 2016 - Counting Culture' highlights video featuring interviews with some of the speakers and participants; and conference insights and lessons.

About the South African Cultural Observatory

Led by the Department of Arts and Culture, and hosted by NMMU, the SACO is a statistical research institute which charts the impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa.

Address: 21-23 Donkin Street, Donkin Creative Precinct, Central, Port Elizabeth
Tel: +27 (0)41 504 4930