Arts and Culture hosts SA Cultural Observatory workshop, 17 Aug

SA Cultural Observatory brings workshop series to Pietermaritzburg

The roadshow is in support of the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) and the research community working on arts, culture and heritage projects. The Pietermaritzburg workshop, the second in a series of eight, takes place at the Winston Churchill Theatre on August 17.

The SACO � a national public research centre and a project of the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), hosted by Nelson Mandela University � promotes capacity-building across the cultural domains as one of its primary activities.

The workshop series is designed to inform creative practitioners, researchers, academics and others about the Cultural Observatory, share a growing body of research and some useful tools and gain insight and feedback from the sector on their priorities and concerns.

Our domain workshop series is a critical part of stakeholder engagement to share the insights, trends, information and policy influencing South Africa's creative economy and making a difference to creatives across South Africa, said Njabulo Sithebe, SACO Deputy Director of Research and Strategic Engagement.

Our research products, tools and our frameworks for monitoring and evaluation are all free for use � and it's vital that we reach across South Africa to share this information and show those working in the arts, culture and heritage sectors and the CCIs how the SACO can support decision-making with good information.

An example is the free online South African Festival Economic Impact Calculator we have developed and which helps event organisers measure the economic impact of their events, big or small, he added.

The workshop series sees the SACO stopping in East London, Pietermaritzburg, Welkom, Paarl, Upington, Mafikeng, Vereeniging, Gauteng and Tzaneen between July and October.

They are 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.

Source: Government of South Africa