South African Cultural Observatory
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Policy Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for the Cultural and Creative Economy Policy Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for the Cultural and Creative Economy

Future developments within the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th Industrial Revolution) entails a high level of complexity and uncertainty, particularly in relation to global economics of scale that indirectly have an impact on the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs).

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