South African Cultural Observatory

Commissioned Research Creative Cities in Metropolitan areas

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Commissioned Research Creative Cities in Metropolitan areas South Africa has three UNESCO recognised creative cities: Cape Town (design), Overstrand (gastronomy) and Durban (literature). Creative cities go beyond cultural and creative industry aspects and include broader issues pertaining to innovations and seeking creative solutions to urban challenges, which occur at three levels: upperground, underground and middleground. In South Africa, there is limited but extremely useful research that focuses on creative cities that this study draws on. In this context, this study critically examines current scholarly literature on creative cities generally and in South Africa specifically, focusing on opportunities and challenges and socio-economic benefits associated with creative cities. A desktop study approach is adopted that examines policy documents, research reports and academic sources.
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