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Lagos home of new BBC burea

BY 26.03.18

NIGERIA: 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. The new BBC burea in Lagos, Nigia, will boast a new state of the art TV studio and two radio stations for up to 200 people, with access to mentorship and internship opportunities for the next generation of the West African journalists. BBC will be launching more TV programmes for Africa later this year , offering local independent producers the chance to be involved in co-productions and BBC commissions. BBC international news has an audience of 36-million in Nigeria, currently the largest of any country. Read more

 

Tap creative industries to boost Africa’s economic growth

AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE: Aubrey Hruby in a recent Financial Times article motivated that Arican governments - in the face the daunting challenge of tackling unemployment and creating millions of new jobs - will need to add non-traditional strategies to their national development plans. He suggests that the creative and cultural industries are animportant piece of their future planning and models. puzzle. "African governments should embrace and support the creative industries in their efforts to drive sustainable development and create jobs. Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda and others place a strong focus on agriculture in their latest development plans, while countries such as Ethiopia prioritise industrial growth. The creative industries should be an added layer in constructing more diverse and economically viable markets. Jobs in the creative and cultural economy have proved resilient to the economic shocks that consistently hurt core sectors in many African economies. In 2016, the Nigerian economy fell into recession, but while the oil sector struggled, the creative industries saw impressive growth." Read more.

 

Mental health and the creative industries

IRELAND: Ulster University recently completed a study showing how creatorss working in Northern Ireland's creative industries are three times more likely to experience mental health problems. They found irregular working hours, the lack of job security and poor pay all impact on wellbeing. Problems also arise because people feel society undervalues their work, the research suggests. The study found anxiety and depression were the most common disorders. Read more.

 

NEA, US arts agencies given funding boost by Congress

UNITED STATES: Despite calling to slash national funding for the arts, President Donald Trump signed a $1.3tr spending bill passed by Congress on Friday (23 March) that guarantees funding for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In fact, the agencies received a boost of roughly $3m, tipping their budgets up to $153m for the 2018 fiscal year. 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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Creative industries grew twice as fast as UK economy in 2015-16 Creative industries grew twice as fast as UK economy in 2015-16

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.

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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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The SACO 2022 mapping study showed that the total contribution of the cultural and creative industries to South Africa’s GDP was R161 billion in 2020. This represents just under 3% of South Africa’s total economic production in 2020 and makes the sector approximately the same size as agriculture.

Umtiza Arts Festival Report Umtiza Arts Festival Report

On the 27th of May 2024, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) took part in the 9th edition of the Umtiza Arts Festival in East London.

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May marked Africa month - a moment for the continent to pause, reflect, and celebrate the unique African identity and cultural expression.

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2024 is a monumental year for the National Arts Festival as it celebrates 50 years of existence and 40 years of Standard Bank Young Artists Awards. These celebrations coincide with celebrating 30 years of Democracy in South Africa.

The cultural weight of democratic destiny: Building a creative, moving Mzansi The cultural weight of democratic destiny: Building a creative, moving Mzansi

South Africa, 30 years into democracy, faces a challenge in nurturing a culture of democracy that resonates with its youth. South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) executive director Unathi Lutshaba argues that harnessing the unifying power of culture can bridge this gap and drive positive societal change. The creative economy not only fuels economic growth but also reinforces democratic values, making it a vital component in shaping South Africa's future. Through continued research, advocacy, and collaboration, SACO envisions a Mzansi where creativity and democracy thrive together.

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