South African Cultural Observatory
Lagos home of new BBC burea Lagos home of new BBC burea

OVER 100 new jobs have been created in Nigeria in part of the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) biggest expansion since the 1940s. BBC is investing in the Nigerian television market - and in the process ensuring stories focus on young people and women across the whole of West Africa.

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Jobs report reveals potential for creative economy Jobs report reveals potential for creative economy

OVER one million, or 6,72% of all South African jobs, are housed in the broader ‘Cultural Economy’. This is according to an employment report released by cultural think-tank, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) this month.

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Call For Applications: Vansa Director Call For Applications: Vansa Director

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa is looking for a versatile and strategic thinker and organiser to lead the organisation, and to consolidate and develop its position as a dynamic and resilient network-based organisation.

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Take a Child to the Theatre in 2018 Take a Child to the Theatre in 2018

Theatre leaves an indelible impression on a child, awakening awareness of the world and of other people's realities. All children have a right to arts

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#SACOConf2018 Celebrates International Women’s Day #SACOConf2018 Celebrates International Women’s Day

CREATIVE WOMEN: The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) celebrated women in the creative industries this International Women’s Day at its international conference in Nelson Mandela Bay on 8 March 2018.

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Cultural conference pulls creative economy into sharp focus Cultural conference pulls creative economy into sharp focus

DAY two of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) 2018 international conference delivered on its promise of deep analysis and critical and creative debates on the future of South Africa’s and the world’s creative economy. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, over 200 delegates swelled Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for the second day of the cultural think-tank’s creative industry conference. Tens of women from across the country and continent contributed to the conference proceedings covering a range of topics related to the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) and arts, culture and heritage (ACH) sectors.

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#SACOConf2018: Leveraging South Africa’s creative capital important for growth #SACOConf2018: Leveraging South Africa’s creative capital important for growth

EMPLOYMENT, job creation and the transformative power of creativity were some of the key issues discussed on day-one of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) 2018 international conference currently under way at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

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Speaking notes by Minister EN Mthethwa on the occasion of the South African Cultural Observatory’s third international conference Speaking notes by Minister EN Mthethwa on the occasion of the South African Cultural Observatory’s third international conference

Speaking notes by Minister EN Mthethwa on the occasion of the South African Cultural Observatory’s third international conference at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth. "This year marks the centenary birth of two of the finest South Africans, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Ma Nontsikelelo Sisulu. We also observed the 40th anniversary of the untimely passing of that eminent African Scholar and a leader of our people Professor Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. We shall draw inspiration from the work they did during their life time. The progressive world community shall join us in celebrating the lives of these giants of our liberation struggle."

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UJ Arts & Culture’s #METAMORPHOSIS UJ Arts & Culture’s #METAMORPHOSIS

#METAMORPHOSIS is UJ Arts & Culture’s 2018 programme of change. “Looking at our creative programme through this thematic lens is the ideal stimulus for alignment with the University’s drive to participate meaningfully in decolonisation and transformation,” says Pieter Jacobs, Head of Arts & Culture (a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture) at the University of Johannesburg.

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Young academics benefit from SACO scholarship programme Young academics benefit from SACO scholarship programme

THE cohort of young academics conducting creative economy research is expanding thanks to the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) successful scholarship and bursary scheme which has supported a total of 16 young scholars since 2015.

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Conference promises deep analysis of creative economy potential vs. reality Conference promises deep analysis of creative economy potential vs. reality

CULTURAL thinkers will gather next week to look ‘beyond the creative economy’ at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) 2018 international conference in Port Elizabeth.

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THE ARTS AND HEALTH THE ARTS AND HEALTH

The Arts and Health Research: Inspiring Creative Dialogue, special issue published in Cogent Arts & Humanities, brings together a collection of scholarly, arts-based (or creative practice-based) research papers arising from a two-day interdisciplinary symposium held in Vancouver, Canada in April 2016. The goal in the symposium was to bring together health researchers, artists and designers working within literary, performative and visual practices in order to identify mutual interests and foster cross-pollination between the arts and health, or more precisely across creative practices and health research. With this special issue, the discussion is continues.

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