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07/03/2017

THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) recently opened registration for its annual conference, which this year will explore the interface between the creative economy and development. 

“The conference is an important opportunity to profile global and local research in the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) and arts, culture and heritage (ACH) sectors.

"But will also look at economic impact, employment figures, statistics and other bedrock information that positions the CCIs and ACH sectors as a real functioning industry – especially in South Africa and on the African continent,” said Professor Richard Haines, SACO chief executive.

The conference coincides with Africa Day celebrations on 25 May, and is scheduled to take place over two days on 24 and 25 May at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This is the research institute’s second national conference since it was established in 2015 by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to advance research in the field of cultural information systems.

“We are thrilled to open registration today and expect an exciting cross-section of researchers, academics, industry professionals and practitioners, organisations working in the CCIs, and organisers of cultural festivals and events to attend and present.

“The objective of the conference is to convene actors from across the creative sector and economy to share their research, so we can establish trends and look for alignment and best practices to apply to the South African context,” said Prof Haines. 

The keynote speakers and programme highlights will be announced later in March, the SACO chief executive said, adding that the call for papers and presentations under the conference’s major guiding theme is ‘The Creative Economy & Development – Perspectives from Developed and Emerging Economies’ was still open until 31 March 2017.

Registration for the conference must be done via the online portal: http://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.co.za/2017-saco-conference/registration

The standard rate for the conference is R2400 and R1600 for students with early bird fees for those registering before March 31.

The contact person for the SAC is Amy Shelver (email: Amy-Louise.Shelver@nmmu.ac.za) at 071-880-4831 

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