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Market Theatre Foundation announces CEO Market Theatre Foundation announces CEO

The Council of the Market Theatre Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Ismail Mahomed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Market Theatre Foundation. He will assume this position on 1 August 2016.

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National Arts Festival unleashes feisty line-up for 2016 National Arts Festival unleashes feisty line-up for 2016

SOUTH AFRICA’S visionaries, mavericks and disruptors headline this year’s National Arts Festival, which runs from 30 June to 10 July in Grahamstown.

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

The South African Cultural Observatory Research Agenda presents the Research Agenda for the cultural and creative industries of South Africa. This Research Agenda represents an attempt by the Department of Arts and Culture to focus research efforts and resources towards achieving research outputs that would enhance the development of the Cultural and Creative Industries in South Africa and to advance the policy imperatives of the South African Government and its key stakeholders.

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From the Partners: The town where hip-hop is healing South Africa’s broken youth^ From the Partners: The town where hip-hop is healing South Africa’s broken youth^

A large body of research shows that in South Africa’s black townships, a youth masculinity dominates, probably best captured by the gangsta hip-hop term “swagger”. It involves a highly sexualised, aggressive manner, sporting the latest consumer goods, and not being averse to violence, alcohol abuse and drugs – basically how hip-hop functions universally. What is less commonly known is that there is an “underground” hip-hop movement in South Africa promoting an alternative lifestyle.

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The NFVF announces new funding cycles and online application portal The NFVF announces new funding cycles and online application portal

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, provides film and video-related funding in the broad categories of Education and Training; Development; Production, Marketing and Distribution. As of 1 April 2016 the NFVF concluded a change from four to three funding cycles per year.

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Opportunities: UNESCO International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) Funding Call Opportunities: UNESCO International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) Funding Call

The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) has opened a call for funding.

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Visual Arts Sector sets its sights on best practice Visual Arts Sector sets its sights on best practice

IN A landmark moment for the visual arts, the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), will host a series of consultations to get input from the sector for the development of a norms and standards booklet. Currently the sector does not employ a universal best practise standard for professional work in the various fields.

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Rapid Response Teams Necessary for Conflict Zone Conservation Rapid Response Teams Necessary for Conflict Zone Conservation

EGYPT: Abdel Hamid Salah el-Sharief arrived at the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, Egypt to confront a glittering sea of broken glass.

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SACO Conference SACO Conference

The South African Cultural Observatory invites arts and culture practitioners, academics, professionals, academics, researchers and all those associated with the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in South Africa to attend and contribute where appropriate to: ‘Counting Culture: The Cultural and Creative Industries in National and International Context.’

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From the Partners From the Partners

Research and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming majority are not shaping today's public debates.

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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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