South African Cultural Observatory workshop

The Department of Arts and Culture’s national South African Cultural Observatory is announcing its first annual national workshop which is being held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg on February 19

The South African Cultural Observatory is a national research centre hosted by a grouping of universities comprising Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University and University of Fort Hare.

It will provide the ‘nerve centre’ for a strategic vision to develop cultural indicators appropriate to the South African context and a collection of statistics based on the sector needs.

The Observatory will also examine the nature, trends and impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa.

“The creative economy comprises one of the fastest growing and dynamic sectors of the world economy,” says Prof Haines, the CEO of the Cultural Observatory.

The SA Cultural Observatory also aims to stimulate debate and enhance the exchange of knowledge in the sector through publications and reports, workshops, seminars, and, conferences coupled with high impact research outputs pertaining to the industry.

The workshop hopes to bring together thought leaders, researchers, cultural experts, cultural workers, arts managers, theatre practitioners and representatives from the art world to discuss and provide inputs towards the development of a consolidated Research Agenda and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the industry.

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