South African Cultural Observatory

Our Situation

Existing research in the creative industries sector is conducted on an ad-hoc basis and commissioned from different tiers of government, statutory institutions (NFVF, NAC and NHC), other government departments and agencies at all tiers (Stats SA, DTI, Tourism, economic development), however, there is insufficient data for many areas in the creative industries sector (for policy, evaluation, assessment and impact) and anecdotal case study data.

This creates a need for consolidation and development of statistical frameworks.

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40th Durban International Film Festival officially kicks off #DIFF40 40th Durban International Film Festival officially kicks off #DIFF40

The 40th edition of the annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) started on Thursday with a press briefing in the city.

SA MUSIC LEGEND JOHNNY CLEGG DIES SA MUSIC LEGEND JOHNNY CLEGG DIES

South African singer Johnny Clegg died on Tuesday at the age of 66. Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. He had launched a series of farewell tours in 2018, appearing on stage with a variety of artists, including his son Jessie Clegg.

Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni dies at 77 Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni dies at 77

Veteran South African actress Nomhle Nkonyeni has died. Nkonyeni's nephew, Vusi Manapha, confirmed that she died at 4.30am on Wednesday. The actress, who received the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver earlier this year, had been in hospital since Friday.

National Arts Festival - It's a wrap! National Arts Festival - It's a wrap!

A sold-out performance by Freshlyground and a free parade through the streets of Makhanda on Sunday saw out the National Arts Festival, an 11-day cultural binge of arts and entertainment.

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In early June the SA Cultural Observatory was co-host of the Creative Intermediaries Forum that was hosted in District Six, Cape Town.

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