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Creative industries grew twice as fast as UK economy in 2015-16

BY 30.11.17

UNITED KINGDOM: The creative industries grew at twice the rate of the wider economy in 2015-16, new British government statistics have claimed. Now worth £91.8 billion in terms of gross value added to the UK, the sector grew by 7.6% over the year, while the economy as a whole grew by 3.5% in the same period.The statistics on the creative industries, which include the performing arts, come from the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Economic Estimates for 2016 report. The data also reveals that the creative industries now make up 5.3% of the UK economy. Read more.

It’s the Creative Economy, Stupid!

SAN DIEGO: Most people agree that innovation is the key to our economic prowess, and that creativity is necessary to innovation. But the role the arts play is not yet understood. Arts integration, project based learning and design thinking in our schools and other community efforts to help our citizens appreciate the role of the arts is vital. The arts are fundamental to our efforts to reinvent our schools, our communities and our nation. Read more.

New SA legislation favours online giants at expense of artists, writers

SOUTH AFRICA: The original plan to protect holders of copyright has been turned on its head, and it now favours technology companies. Authors, musicians, composers and artists have joined forces to fight government proposals that could strip them of much of their copyright protection. Proposals being considered by the department of trade & industry (DTI) could allow users — most notably technology companies — the right to override that protection. Read more.

Call for applications: Relief fund for jazz musicians in South Africa Call for applications: Relief fund for jazz musicians in South Africa

Switzerland-based Levedo Foundation, in partnership with Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, is calling on all professional jazz musicians based in South Africa to apply for its short-term relief fund.

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World Conference on Creative Economy World Conference on Creative Economy

INDONESIA is planning to hold the first ever “World Conference on Creative Economy” (WCCE), involving stakeholders and representatives from governments, private sectors, think-tanks, civil society, international organizations, as well as media and experts in the creative economy.

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Lagos home of new BBC burea Lagos home of new BBC burea

OVER 100 new jobs have been created in Nigeria in part of the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) biggest expansion since the 1940s. BBC is investing in the Nigerian television market - and in the process ensuring stories focus on young people and women across the whole of West Africa.

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Creative Economy Gender Pay Gap Report Illustrates Severity of Wage Imbalance Creative Economy Gender Pay Gap Report Illustrates Severity of Wage Imbalance

SAN FRANCISCO: New data from HoneyBook shows that, simply stated, women creatives need to charge more for their services and match their male counterparts. HoneyBook, the business management platform for entrepreneurs in creative industries, recently released the first-ever report dedicated entirely to the gender pay gap among self-employed creative professionals.

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As we publish this edition of the Cultural Observer, most of the West has placed South Africa in the travel red list owing to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 identified by the South African scientists.

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The Observatory was established to undertake economic research for and about the cultural and creative industries in SA. Additionally we have done research on other related sectors that impact the cultural industries.

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Due to the Covid-19 restrictions most industry events and activities have either been cancelled or largely held online since April 2020.

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The Cape Town-based artist, Andrea du Plessis (40) has been announced as the winner of the 2021 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition.

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Six young South African artists were the successful winners and recipients of the Standard Bank Young Artists for 2021. The fortunate artists are Kristi-Leigh Gresse (Dance), Vuma Levin (Jazz), Buhlebezwe Siwani (Visual Art), Cara Stacey (Music), Gavin Krastin (Performance Art) and Thando Doni (Theatre).

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