South African Cultural Observatory
Stand by for the first-ever virtual NAF Stand by for the first-ever virtual NAF

So here’s the thing… The National Arts Festival 2020 won’t be cancelled, but it will be different.

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The Social Impact Arts Prize 2020 awarded projects have been announced The Social Impact Arts Prize 2020 awarded projects have been announced

The Projects Hello Wolk, Tears Become Rain & Planted Were Announced As The Winners At The Rupert Museum In Stellenbosch.

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How international trade can unlock the potential of the cultural economy in developing countries How international trade can unlock the potential of the cultural economy in developing countries

There is growing interest in the creative economy in emerging markets in terms of its impact on employment and economic growth, as well as social and cultural impacts.

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GQ Magazine Recognizes SA Artists GQ Magazine Recognizes SA Artists

The South African arts, culture and creative industry was a net beneficiary when GQ Magazine SA recognised several artists at the inaugural GQ Men of the Year Awards ceremony held in Johannesburg on December 1st.

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The Mapping Study 2018 The Mapping Study 2018

Every two years the Observatory undertakes an in-depth sector-wide economic study - the Mapping Study. In 2018, we produced a key report that analyses the entire sector, particularly as it relates to its contribution to the SA economy and GDP.

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Policy Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for the Cultural and Creative Economy Policy Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for the Cultural and Creative Economy

Future developments within the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th Industrial Revolution) entails a high level of complexity and uncertainty, particularly in relation to global economics of scale that indirectly have an impact on the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs).

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Executive Direction - December 2019 Executive Direction - December 2019

2019. What a year it was. It has been an exciting year for the Arts, Heritage, Cultural and Creative sector.

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Trevor Noah nominated for Grammy Award Trevor Noah nominated for Grammy Award

Trevor Noah’s star continues to shine beyond our shores, a confirmation that our cultural and creative industries products can be successfully exported and traded anywhere in the world.

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South African Festival Economic Impact Calculator South African Festival Economic Impact Calculator

Summer is upon us and many event organisers are hard at work doing their best to ensure that they deliver the most memorable events.

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Unlocking the Growth Potential of the Online Gaming Industry in South Africa: Challenges and Opportunities Unlocking the Growth Potential of the Online Gaming Industry in South Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

In 2018, the global gaming industry consisted of 2.3 billion consumers, who spent nearly US$ 138 billion on games. Although the South African gaming industry is small, it is growing at an exponential rate.

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The arts sector is economic gold The arts sector is economic gold

The arts and culture sector is at the frontline of freedom of expression. It is not only a barometer of a healthy democracy but also a significant employer in South Africa.

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Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) funding Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) funding

The application period for 2020/2021 Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) funding from the Department of Arts and Culture has been extended from 11th to 18th November 2019.

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