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

The SA Cultural Observatory was established to undertake economic research for and about the cultural and creative industries in SA. We publish our reports 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 about the sector.

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Exporting Our Culture- Exploring International Markets for the CCIs Exporting Our Culture- Exploring International Markets for the CCIs

The creative industries are growing — and will continue to play an important role in the economy. The cultural and creative industries (CCIs) are one of the world’s most rapidly growing and increasingly important economic sectors.

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Call for input: Mapping Study on Museum and Fashion Sectors Call for input: Mapping Study on Museum and Fashion Sectors

The French Embassy and French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) have initiated a mapping study of the creative and cultural industries in South Africa, with an initial focus on the museum and fashion sectors.

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Industry Highlights Industry Highlights

BASA, in partnership with the British Council, recently (24- 26 March) hosted an assembly where they discussed a number of issues that affect the creative industries.

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A Highlight On Our Recently Published Reports: A Highlight On Our Recently Published Reports:

The SA Cultural Observatory continues to produce valuable reports that are aimed at empowering policy makers, decisions makers and the various industry stakeholders to make informed decisions on aspects that contribute in developing and growing the industry.

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A Highlight On Our Recently Published Reports: Book Policy And State Of SA Museums A Highlight On Our Recently Published Reports: Book Policy And State Of SA Museums

The SA Cultural Observatory continues to produce valuable reports aimed at contributing towards the growth and development of the sector. In this newsletter, we highlight two of the most recent reports- Toward a South African Book Development Policy & Quantifying the State of South African Museums from a Supply Side Perspective.

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Mapping the Economic Value of the Creative Industry Mapping the Economic Value of the Creative Industry

In many countries, the growing importance of the cultural and creative industries is increasingly being recognised. The SA Cultural Observatory recently released its second Economic Mapping of the Cultural and Creative Industries in South Africa 2020 (Economic Mapping Study).

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Call to Curators – SA Cultural Observatory Researches Debates About The Repatriation Of Museum Artifacts Call to Curators – SA Cultural Observatory Researches Debates About The Repatriation Of Museum Artifacts

The debates about the restitution of museum artifacts taken from African countries, mostly during the colonial era, has a long history. However, it was brought to high prominence again recently by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who said, in an address to 800 students in Burkina Faso on 28th of November 2017: “I cannot accept that a large part of cultural heritage from several African countries is in France. There are historical explanations for that, but there are no valid justifications that are durable and unconditional”.

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The Overlaps Between The Digital And Creative Sectors: Innovation And Technology In The Creative Economy The Overlaps Between The Digital And Creative Sectors: Innovation And Technology In The Creative Economy

This research sought to examine the nexus between digital technologies, innovation, intellectual property, and diversity in the cultural and creative industries (CCIs). It is part of an international collaboration between the SA Cultural Observatory and researchers at the UK’s Coventry and Newcastle Universities.

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Unpacking The Disparity Between Employment Levels And Contribution To GDP Within The Craft Sector Unpacking The Disparity Between Employment Levels And Contribution To GDP Within The Craft Sector

The Visual Arts and Craft are recognised in many countries as having the potential to create employment and contribute to GDP. The 2018 SA Cultural Observatory mapping study showed that the Visual Arts and Crafts Domain accounts for 53% of industry jobs, but only accounted for 8% of the sector’s contribution to GDP.

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Industry Insights from Our Research Industry Insights from Our Research

In the previous Newsletter edition, we started sharing some interesting insights from our research. For the benefit of our new readers, it is perhaps worthwhile to share with them the reason for our existence.

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Quantifying the State of South African Museums from a Supply Side Perspective Quantifying the State of South African Museums from a Supply Side Perspective

Museums have a long, and sometimes controversial, history in South Africa. Cultural institutions, like museums, can be powerful in telling the “authorised” version of our histories, in shaping national identity and in building social cohesion, as well as contributing to education and research through their collection, archiving and conservation of artefacts.

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