South African Cultural Observatory

SACO Releases Covid-19 Impact Report in Soweto

BY 10.12.21

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions most industry events and activities have either been cancelled or largely held online since April 2020. The South African Cultural Observatory has similarly been affected by these restrictions and has for the past two years taken to releasing reports and conducting our workshops online.

For the first time in two years, the South African Cultural Observatory held its first public event in Soweto at Just Badela Food and Wine on Friday, 22 October 2021 where we released the latest report on the Impact of Covid-19 crisis on the cultural and creative industries (the report is featured in this newsletter edition).

Predominantly intended and designed to offer the media an opportunity to interact with the authors of the report, the event was open and attended by cultural practitioners, government officials and members of the public. Members of the media and those participating at the event got the first glimpse of the report presented by lead authors, Professor Jen Snowball and Dr Andre Gouws while also getting a first-hand account from the Artistic Director of the Market Theatre, James Ngcobo on how the Market Theatre (as one of the cultural institutions severely affected by Covid-19) has responded to the limitations and the new environment imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The format of the event allowed for unlimited questions on the report, while encouraging open interaction about the work of the SA Cultural Observatory between members of the media, cultural practitioners, authors and SACO members, including the Executive Director, Ms Unathi Lutshaba who was the host of the event.

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