South African Cultural Observatory
The SA Cultural Observatory - Measuring and Valuing SA’s Cultural And Creative Industries The SA Cultural Observatory -  Measuring and Valuing SA’s Cultural And Creative Industries

The South African Cultural Observatory was established to undertake economic research for the cultural and creative industries in South Africa. The kind research we conduct provides such information as to the economic size of the sector, number of jobs in the sector or transformation. We publish the reports on our website and in various media platforms, including this newsletter, with a view to empower industry stakeholders with information that we hope they will find useful, informative and can be relied upon when making decisions that affect the sector.

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The SA Cultural Observatory - Measuring and Valuing SA’s Cultural and Creative Industries - December 2021 The SA Cultural Observatory - Measuring and Valuing SA’s Cultural and Creative Industries - December 2021

The Observatory was established to undertake economic research for and about the cultural and creative industries in SA. Additionally we have done research on other related sectors that impact the cultural industries.

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SACO recognized and cited by the UNCTAD SACO recognized and cited by the UNCTAD

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) was given a boost with last week’s release of the UN’s Creative Economy Outlook and Country Profile report, giving the institution a fitting recognition.

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New administrator joins SACO team New administrator joins SACO team

THE South African Cultural Observatory welcomes Rene Derrocks to the team as the incoming new administrator. Rene has eight years’ experience in the tourism marketing environment.

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Meet the new SA Cultural Observatory Executive Director Meet the new SA Cultural Observatory Executive Director

MEET the new SA Cultural Observatory Executive Director Unathi Lutshaba. Miss Lutshaba is a passionate economist and sociologist. She was recently appointed into the role of Executive Director of the South African Cultural Observatory, after two years as its Research Manager.

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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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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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SACO launches video section on website SACO launches video section on website

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has a growing body of videos showcasing not only the Department of Arts and Culture think tank, but its work, conferences and training videos.

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Domain workshop presentations available Domain workshop presentations available

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has just wrapped its nation-wide tour and is offering all the presentations given as open source information for those who could not attend the workshops.

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New books donated to SACO library New books donated to SACO library

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has catalogued and added a number of new books to the SACO physical library based at its headquarters in Port Elizabeth. The following important publishers' book donations were included in the physical library collection: Es’kia Mphahlele's Africa my music

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SA Festivals Economic Impact Calculator Video Tutorial Now Available SA Festivals Economic Impact Calculator Video Tutorial Now Available

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today announced the release of a new training video on it's latest free online tool, the South African Festival Economic Impact Calculator (SAFEIC).

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Meet the women behind SACO: Unathi Luthshaba - new Research Manager Meet the women behind SACO: Unathi Luthshaba - new Research Manager

INTRODUCING Unathi Lutshaba, the newly appointed South African Cultural Observatory Research Manager, in a a question and answer session in celebration of Women's Month.

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