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Call For Papers: South African Museums Association Call For Papers: South African Museums Association

THE South African Museums Association is hosting a conference from 1-3 November. The Conference theme: “Museums and Cultural Landscapes” and forms part of ICOM’s International Museums Day 2016 theme.

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ART WEEK marks onset of Heritage, Tourism Months ART WEEK marks onset of Heritage, Tourism Months

AUDIENCES are often hard to come by in the arts, culture, and heritage sectors and the creative and cultural industries, and that’s why ART WEEK was started – to develop new audiences and increase public awareness of the vibrant contemporary art scene in South African cities starting with Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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Mpumalanga domain workshop a success, flush with robust discussion Mpumalanga domain workshop a success, flush with robust discussion

The first of several South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) domain workshops kicked off last week on August 18, when about 40 representatives of the Mpumalanga arts, culture and heritage community joined the SACO team to tackle matters of mutual interest.

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National Legislation & Regulation National Legislation & Regulation

IT'S Heritage Month and we wanted to take some time to reflect on the policy trajectory we have taken to protect heritage in South Africa and beyond. The full scope of our heritage legislation and regulation can be sourced .

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19th Annual BASA Award Finalists Announced 19th Annual BASA Award Finalists Announced

A TOTAL of 44 finalists are in the running for South Africa’s preeminent awards celebrating business and arts partnerships.

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BASA and British Council Connect ZA launch A Guide to Growing Creative Markets BASA and British Council Connect ZA launch A Guide to Growing Creative Markets

BUSINESS and Arts South Africa in partnership with British Council Connect ZA launched a ground breaking project that aims to significantly impact the development and sustainability of South Africa’s creative market.

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Note from the Culturalist: CEO Note from the Culturalist: CEO

WE WERE privileged this past month to really be up-close-and-personal with South Africa’s premier elevation of culture and creativity, the National Arts Festival 2016. Now in its 41st year, the epic event has firmly solidified its place as the heart of the creative and cultural industries.

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Five challenges women in the SA film industry face Five challenges women in the SA film industry face

ZAMA Mkosi, CEO of the NVFV shares her views on women in the film industry ahead of Women's Month. "The creative and cultural industries (CCIs) are rife with their own well-known challenges, but an added burden for many women in the film and television industry specifically is the prevalence of a number of barriers to entry – some of which the National Film and Video Foundation is working hard to circumnavigate."

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Open Source: Latest research for download July 2016 Open Source: Latest research for download July 2016

Arts Council England and Justin O’Connor’s (2010) ‘The Cultural And Creative Industries: A Literature Review’

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Can art bring China, Africa closer? Can art bring China, Africa closer?

CHINA: A pertinent question is being asked as African artists turn their gaze toward the continent’s often complicated relationship with one of its biggest investors, China. Melissa Twigg asks whether contemporary art help mend the relationship between China and Africa?

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SACO to host domain workshop in Mpumalanga SACO to host domain workshop in Mpumalanga

IN THE first of a series of domain workshops scheduled for the remainder of the year, Mpumalanga-based creatives will benefit from a day-long session focused on the cultural and creative industries, hosted by the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) and the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC).

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Dance Umbrella 2017 Applications Open Dance Umbrella 2017 Applications Open

THE South African contemporary dance festival, Dance Umbrella 2017, will take place in various theatre and venues in Johannesburg, from March 1 to March 12, 2017 and applications are now open for new contemporary choreography and dance.

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