South African Cultural Observatory

#SACOConf2018 programme cross-section of research, sector snapshots

BY 28.02.18

THE South African Cultural Observatory 2018 International Conference programme represents a cross-section of global and local research and sector status snapshots. We are very excited to be hosting our third international conference at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth next week on 7 and 8 March. 

Critical themes influencing the future direction of the South African and world creative economy are on the table for discussion at this year’s international conference, which explores what it means to go beyond the current expression of the creative economy. As a result, there are strong thematic strands through the programme tackling the big debates in creative economy trends and issues both nationally and regionally.

These include:

  • urban culture and the creative city;
  • the expanding role of film; new directions in technology,
  • digital and innovation;
  • opportunities in employment, soft skills and training and education;
  • international trade;
  • heritage and tourism; and
  • more broadly the nature and make-up of the creative economy

Our own and other research emanating from the sectors provides the opportunity to conduct a deep analysis of both the creative economy’s potential and the current realities facing the sectors and industries. In turn this will help the policy, planning and strategic imperatives – a critical outcome since the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage is being reviewed. We look forward to rigorous debate, critical thinking and a planning lens as important conference outcomes. 

Get the programme here: https://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.org.za/2018-saco-conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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