Saco to aid creative economy
Workshops held nationally
Saco is doing groundbreaking research into the rural cultural and creative industries
THE South African Cultural Observatory (Saco) launched nationwide workshops in East London recently.
Hosted by Nelson Mandela University, Saco is a national public research entity of the Department of Arts and Culture which promotes capacity building domains
“Our domain workshop series is a critical part of stakeholder engagement to share the insights, trends and information influencing South Africa’s creative economy and making a difference to creatives across South Africa,” Saco deputy director of research and strategic engagement Njabulo Sithebe said.
He said Saco is doing groundbreaking research into the rural cultural and creative industries (CCIs) and the viability of a bi-annual or quarterly CCI Index.
“We also recently launched a free online calculator to help festival and event organisers calculate the economic impact of their events on a host economy – the cities and towns – in which events are held,” said Sithebe.
The workshop is open to all arts, culture and heritage sector and CCI practitioners and stakeholders; academics and researchers; interested parties from local, provincial and national government; arts managers, administrators, organisations, fundraisers and funders; event and festival organisers; and relevant stakeholders from civil society.
“The workshops in turn will inform on new studies we are doing this year to map the creative economy. We are excited to start this roadshow off in East London, but also to reach creatives across South Africa over the next few months to share content and research emanating from this very important project of the Department of Arts and Culture,” he added.