South African Cultural Observatory
40th Durban International Film Festival officially kicks off #DIFF40 40th Durban International Film Festival officially kicks off #DIFF40

The 40th edition of the annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) started on Thursday with a press briefing in the city.

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SA MUSIC LEGEND JOHNNY CLEGG DIES SA MUSIC LEGEND JOHNNY CLEGG DIES

South African singer Johnny Clegg died on Tuesday at the age of 66. Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. He had launched a series of farewell tours in 2018, appearing on stage with a variety of artists, including his son Jessie Clegg.

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Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni dies at 77 Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni dies at 77

Veteran South African actress Nomhle Nkonyeni has died. Nkonyeni's nephew, Vusi Manapha, confirmed that she died at 4.30am on Wednesday. The actress, who received the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver earlier this year, had been in hospital since Friday.

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National Arts Festival - It's a wrap! National Arts Festival - It's a wrap!

A sold-out performance by Freshlyground and a free parade through the streets of Makhanda on Sunday saw out the National Arts Festival, an 11-day cultural binge of arts and entertainment.

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Arts Events Arts Events

In early June the SA Cultural Observatory was co-host of the Creative Intermediaries Forum that was hosted in District Six, Cape Town.

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Sho Madjozi and Ndlovu Youth Choir’s achievements a boost for SA’s Cultural Goods Trade Sho Madjozi and Ndlovu Youth Choir’s achievements a boost for SA’s Cultural Goods Trade

South African cultural trade received a boost with the international recognition of both Sho Madjozi and Ndlovu Youth Choir in late June.

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Executive Direction Executive Direction

The first quarter of our new financial year (2019/20) has been characterized by several momentous events. The country held successful national elections, elected the sixth administration into office, new national assembly members and new provincial legislatures

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Partnerships Are Critical Success Ingredients For Observatories Partnerships Are Critical Success Ingredients For Observatories

The work of the South African Cultural Observatory is highly enriched by learning from similar initiatives and organisations doing similar work across the globe

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National Arts Festival Provides Much Needed Economic Stimuli For Makhanda National Arts Festival Provides Much Needed Economic Stimuli For Makhanda

For people of Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), life is busier than most other times during this period of the year. This is because the town is teeming with multitudes of artists and visitors from all over the world who come to attend the annual National Arts Festival

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The Start of Nelson Mandela Month 2019 The Start of Nelson Mandela Month 2019

In July, South Africa celebrates former President Nelson Mandela's birthday. 18 July has been declared Nelson Mandela International Day, but as South Africans we embrace the chance to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life for the whole of July. This gives everyone the opportunity to heed the call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them.

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South African choreographer wins big overseas South African choreographer wins big overseas

CHOREOGRAPHER, Oscar Buthelezi, an employee of the Moving into Dance Mophatong Company, travelled to Germany at the beginning of the month of June, where he performed a dance piece that saw him win three awards

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It’s all systems go for the 45th National Arts Festival It’s all systems go for the 45th National Arts Festival

It’s all systems go for the opening of the 45th National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) today, with the curtain going up an a wide array of productions and performances on Thursday 27 June.

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