South African Cultural Observatory
Note from the Culturalist: CEO Note from the Culturalist: CEO

It’s been a rapidly moving start to the year at the South African Cultural Observatory and momentum is certainly propelling us forward. It’s almost unbelievable that the second quarter of the year is upon us, but looking back much has been achieved that is already setting the tone for the coming months.

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

Although already in the public domain for over a year now, the KEA and Kaiser Associates Report, Trade In Creative And Cultural Goods And Services – EU-South Africa CCIS Development, is still highly relevant to the South African creative and cultural industries.

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ACT Awards ACT Awards

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is inviting nominations for the eagerly awaited 2016 ImpACT Awards, which are held annually in recognition and celebration of excellence within the arts, culture and creative sectors in South Africa.

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What are cultural observatories and how do they work? What are cultural observatories and how do they work?

Does the act of observing change the behaviour of the observed? This key question is in the background as work being done on South Africa’s first ever Cultural Observatory gains momentum and the foundations for the Observatory of the future are laid.

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Cultural Observatory research agenda, rationale and M&E tools discussed at National Workshop Cultural Observatory research agenda, rationale and M&E tools discussed at National Workshop

The first national South African Cultural Observatory workshop took place on Friday, 19 February at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Johannesburg. Industry players gathered to hear the vision and motivation for this initiative, ask questions, and voice concerns.

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

Looking back at 2015, a lot of groundwork and headway was made toward the establishment of the Department of Arts and Culture’s first ever Cultural Observatory. In 2016, we look forward to formalising what we hope will be South Africa’s seminal research institute for statistical analysis and mapping of the socio-economic impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa.

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CO Workshop in February CO Workshop in February

A WORKSHOP to introduce the Department of Arts & Culture’s new national public research entity, the South African Cultural Observatory, will take place on February 19, 2016, in Johannesburg. The first annual national workshop will highlight the Cultural Observatory’s role in valuing and developing South Africa's Creative Economy.

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Creative Growth Creative Growth

CHINA: Hangzhou’s cultural and creative industries generated 223.21 billion yuan (US$34.88 billion) in 2015, up 20.4 percent from the prior year, according to a recent white paper from the municipal government.

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Word from DAC Word from DAC

DIRECT FROM THE MINISTER'S DESK: “The only hope is in the creation of alternative values, alternative realities. The only hope is in daring to redream one's place in the world - a beautiful act of imagination, and a sustained act of self becoming. Which is to say that in some way or another we breach and confound the accepted frontiers of things.”

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From the Partners From the Partners

There is growing international interest in the potential of the cultural and creative industries to drive sustainable development and create inclusive job opportunities. An indication of this is a recent set of UNESCO guidelines on how to measure and compile statistics about the economic contribution of the cultural industries.

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

A new study published by EY in collaboration with the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), titled, “Cultural Times – The First Global Map of Cultural and Creative Industries” analysed 11 Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) sectors: advertising, architecture, books, gaming, movies, music; has for the first time quantified the global economic and social contribution of this important sector.

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New home of Cultural Observatory New home of Cultural Observatory

THE home of the Department of Arts and Culture’s (DAC) newly established South African Cultural Observatory is strategically located in Port Elizabeth’s thriving creative hub in Central.

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