South African Cultural Observatory
SABC commits to play 90% local music across all platforms SABC commits to play 90% local music across all platforms

THE SOUTH AFRICAN Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has committed itself to playing 90% local music across the 18 radio stations as from 12 May 2016. This follows extensive and successful engagements with some music representatives.

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Critical thinking thrives at the SACO National Conference Critical thinking thrives at the SACO National Conference

OVER THE two day-long inaugural South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) national conference insights were shared and a confluence of ideas, methodologies and case studies achieved as speakers and delegates mulled over ‘Counting Culture’, the conference theme.

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International involvement at the SACO National Conference International involvement at the SACO National Conference

AN IMPRESSIVE line-up of international experts will contribute key academic, creative and economic insights and findings at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) first national conference in Port Elizabeth from Monday, 16 to Tuesday, 17 May.

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Eastern Cape Universities support SACO Eastern Cape Universities support SACO

A STRONG regional flavour is anticipated at the first ever South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) national conference, next week, driven by universities from across the Eastern Cape. The SACO is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on behalf of the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), and the conference will take place in Port Elizabeth from Monday, 16 to Tuesday, 17 May.

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Speech by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa at Arts and Culture 2016/17 Budget Vote, National Assembly, Cape Town Speech by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa at Arts and Culture 2016/17 Budget Vote, National Assembly, Cape Town

TWENTY YEARS ago in this very house, on the 8th May 1996, with great excitement and pride, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa was adopted. This momentous occasion ushered in a new era where: “Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedom.

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BASA debuts exciting cultural tourism initiative BASA debuts exciting cultural tourism initiative

The pilot phase of artstourism.guru is a new online platform, which has been designed to integrate heritage and cultural experiences with South Africa’s well-established natural attractions.

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Exciting mix of speakers at the SA Cultural Observatory National Conference Exciting mix of speakers at the SA Cultural Observatory National Conference

Over 50 local and international speakers will present key academic, creative and economic findings at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) first national conference in Port Elizabeth from Monday, 16 to Tuesday, 17 May.

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

IT'S appropriate this month to spend some time thinking about freedom – and freedom in the arts in particular. When considering this, many debates centre on creative freedom, or the extent to which an artist has freedom to produce works that offer up their viewpoint on subject matter. While this is certainly critical in an artist’s life, there are many other freedoms that need to be in place before an artist can manifest creative work that does that.

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Call for nominations for NFVF Advisory Panel Call for nominations for NFVF Advisory Panel

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) council has announced a call for nominations for individuals to serve as members on the foundation’s Advisory Panel. The Advisory Panel members will fulfil the statutory role to advise the council on the merits of applications for grants and on any matter relating to South African film/television/electronic/media or any other related field which the council deems essential.

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Selling art online proving more lucrative than galleries, says global report Selling art online proving more lucrative than galleries, says global report

UNITED KINGDOM: The online art market is proving resilient compared to the downward trend in the wider art market, which in 2015 saw a decline in reported sales. According to a study released by Hiscox fine art insurers on 19 April, the online art market grew by 24% to $3.27bn. The study shows that the majority of the online art transactions still take place at $10,000 or less, suggesting the lower end of the art market has been less affected by the global slowdown than the top and middle tiers.

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Seminar offers insights into effectiveness of film subsidies Seminar offers insights into effectiveness of film subsidies

IN A DETAILED and insightful presentation, Professor Alan Collins and Professor Jen Snowball, presented the findings of their recent study into the effectiveness and impacts of subsidies in the film industry across four countries, including their 2015 South African research.

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Creative and Cultural Industries under the Spotlight at National Conference Creative and Cultural Industries under the Spotlight at National Conference

APRIL 2016 – THE IMPACT OF the creative and cultural industries – both as drivers of economic growth and job creation, and nation-building and social cohesion – takes centre stage at the inaugural conference of the South African Cultural Observatory in Nelson Mandela Bay next month.

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