South African Cultural Observatory

Rural Cultural Policy - Report

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Rural Cultural Policy - Report This document analyses and assesses rural cultural policy in South Africa, and focuses specifically on defining how cultural policy applies to rural areas, and what form of cultural policy will be most suitable for the South African context. The document critically assesses the standard approach towards cultural policy, which is (in part) based on the approach that cultural and creative industries are vehicles for development. We point out that more work is needed regarding the rural cultural sector, for three reasons: (a) rural policies are often not visible enough in local government practice and are subsumed under different departments, and various private and public development agencies, (b) rural creative industries and heritage practitioners are located in the informal sector and therefore less visible, and (c) rural cultural and creative industry development for rural areas mostly takes place in urban zones. In order to assess regional dynamics, the document develops a basic pro
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