South African Cultural Observatory

Policy Monitoring Platform

BY 31.01.18

UNESCO recently launched a 'Policy Monitoring Platform' which allows for easy access to policies and measures implemented in the context of the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The new platform displays policies and measures from Periodic Reports submitted in 2016 and 2017. It is a critical open source arena from which to access important policy documents.

Visit the site here: http://en.unesco.org/creativity/policy-monitoring-platform

EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

COPYRIGHT is a big issue in the digital age. The copyright debate is raging largely between the European Union (EU) and the big technology giants. EU lawmakers have been working for two years on proposed legislation aimed at updating copyright for the digital age.

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A New European Agenda for Culture - Working Document A New European Agenda for Culture - Working Document

READ the rationale for and outcomes of the process to put together a proposal for a New European Agenda for Culture which was tabled earlier this year. Preliminary research found that European Union citizens believe culture is the most important factor in creating a sense of community. But 36% don't currently participate in cultural activities, so increasing cultural participation would bring Europeans closer together.

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The rise of co-working spaces: A literature review The rise of co-working spaces: A literature review

THIS literature review, The rise of coworking spaces: A literature review, by Alessandro Gandini addresses one of the most interesting phenomena to recently emerge in the past two decades: The rise and diffusion of coworking spaces. Co-working spaces are encouraging transformation in the workplace, allowing people to freelance and be independent workers - but ones with access to infrastructure, the internet, information and networks that can work as an "engine" for their profession and growth.

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THE ARTS AND HEALTH THE ARTS AND HEALTH

The Arts and Health Research: Inspiring Creative Dialogue, special issue published in Cogent Arts & Humanities, brings together a collection of scholarly, arts-based (or creative practice-based) research papers arising from a two-day interdisciplinary symposium held in Vancouver, Canada in April 2016. The goal in the symposium was to bring together health researchers, artists and designers working within literary, performative and visual practices in order to identify mutual interests and foster cross-pollination between the arts and health, or more precisely across creative practices and health research. With this special issue, the discussion is continues.

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Measuring the Value of the Public Investment in Arts and Culture: Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities Measuring the Value of the Public Investment in Arts and Culture: Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities

SA Cultural Observatory Chief Research Strategist & Rhodes University Professor of Economics, Prof. Jen Snowball will participate in and chair a session for Social Value Canada tomorrow on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

South Africa: The inheritance of a good name – ilifa legama elihle A Reflection on Heritage South Africa: The inheritance of a good name – ilifa legama elihle A Reflection on Heritage

This heritage month I choose to reflect on what Bishop Andile Mbete calls the inheritance of a good name. amaXhosa call that “ilifa legama elihle.” I want to suggest that in South Africa we have an inheritance of a good name.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ever more vital for the creative sector in the age of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ever more vital for the creative sector in the age of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Since the first record of a case of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in South Africa, individuals are being urged to avoid physical contact with one another, and stay home, amongst other things.

Humanly Speaking: A reflection on how Covid-19 has affected the consumption of the Arts Humanly Speaking: A reflection on how Covid-19 has affected the consumption of the Arts

I don't have the grounds to say anything, give any advice or even motivate artists, after all I am just a mere consumer of the arts, I don’t have a single streak of creativity in my bone, I don’t even know what it takes to become an artist.

Covid-19 Impact On A Business In The CCI: A Pespective From A Business Owner In The Sector Covid-19 Impact On A Business In The CCI: A Pespective From A Business Owner In The Sector

Since November 2018, I have worked as a Freelancer in marketing and design. I am one of the businesses that has been unable to source funding relief and have lost 3 clients from an already small client base, since the beginning of lockdown.

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