South African Cultural Observatory
Snapshot of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa
Snapshot of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa

The SACO 2022 mapping study showed that the total contribution of the cultural and creative industries to South Africa’s GDP was R161 billion in 2020. This represents just under 3% of South Africa’s total economic production in 2020 and makes the sector approximately the same size as agriculture.

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50 Years of The National Arts Festival
50 Years of The National Arts Festival

2024 is a monumental year for the National Arts Festival as it celebrates 50 years of existence and 40 years of Standard Bank Young Artists Awards. These celebrations coincide with celebrating 30 years of Democracy in South Africa.

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Umtiza Arts Festival Report
Umtiza Arts Festival Report

On the 27th of May 2024, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) took part in the 9th edition of the Umtiza Arts Festival in East London.

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Better Africa Better World
Better Africa Better World

May marked Africa month - a moment for the continent to pause, reflect, and celebrate the unique African identity and cultural expression.

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The cultural weight of democratic destiny: Building a creative, moving Mzansi
The cultural weight of democratic destiny: Building a creative, moving Mzansi

South Africa, 30 years into democracy, faces a challenge in nurturing a culture of democracy that resonates with its youth. South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) executive director Unathi Lutshaba argues that harnessing the unifying power of culture can bridge this gap and drive positive societal change. The creative economy not only fuels economic growth but also reinforces democratic values, making it a vital component in shaping South Africa's future. Through continued research, advocacy, and collaboration, SACO envisions a Mzansi where creativity and democracy thrive together.

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Audiovisual Archives Training in Southern Africa with INA Call for interest
Audiovisual Archives Training in Southern Africa with INA Call for interest

As part of funding from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), jointly with the French national audiovisual institute (INA) will implement a large-scale training programme in the audiovisual and film archives sector across 9 countries: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

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Café AI Report
Café AI Report

The South African Cultural Observatory and the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation, in partnership with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture hosted a dialogue and workshop at the Tshimologong Precinct on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on the creative industries on 13 March 2024.

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The changing canvas: AI and cultivating skills for South Africa's future
The changing canvas: AI and cultivating skills for South Africa's future

South Africa's vibrant cultural and creative industries (CCIs) have long been a source of national pride and economic growth. The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) and Department of Sport, Arts and Culture’s (DSAC) statistics that show the CCIs contribute 3% to national GDP and close to 1 million jobs is well known.

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South Africans Shine On The Global Stage
South Africans Shine On The Global Stage

South Africa has been on a winning streak across various sporting and cultural arenas, showcasing the nation's talent and resilience on the global stage. From the Rugby World Cup to the UFC and the Grammy Awards, South Africans have been making their mark and bringing home prestigious accolades.

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IR Roadshow On International Treaties And Obligations For Sport, Arts, Culture And Heritage
IR Roadshow On International Treaties And Obligations For Sport, Arts, Culture And Heritage

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture EC together with the national department invited the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) and various stakeholders such as CCIFSA, EC Arts Veterans, ECPACC and Bayworld Museum etc within the sector to convene for an information sharing session aimed at capacitating the department to better represent this sector on a local and international level with a further focus on building active relationships between the department and representing organisations.

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Open call: ACCES 2024 music showcases
Open call: ACCES 2024 music showcases

The Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) invites African musicians based on the continent to apply for an opportunity to showcase at ACCES 2024 in Kigali, Rwanda, from 14 to 16 November. Organised by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) in different cities across the continent, ACCES offers a platform for performers to showcase their talent to a diverse audience of local and international delegates, including festival curators, promoters, booking agents, record labels and other influential industry professionals.

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Café AI Dialogue on impact of AI on cultural and creative industries
Café AI Dialogue on impact of AI on cultural and creative industries

Join the South African Cultural Observatory and the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation festival in a first of its kind discussion and workshop on and its impact on the cultural and creative industries. Brought to you by GIZ and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

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