Saco to aid cre­ative econ­omy

Work­shops held na­tion­ally

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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.

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