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Conference to explore value of SA’s cultural economy

Feb 28, 2017

SACO opens registration for its National Conference in May, invites participants and presenters to register

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today 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 May 25, and is scheduled to take place over two days on May 24 and 25 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 Haines. 

The keynote speakers and programme highlights will be announced later in March, the SACO 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:

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

Standard Conference Rates

Package Price Deadline
Early bird registration: R2 100.00 31 March 2017
Standard Price: R2 400.00 28 April 2017
Late registration: R2 800.00 12 May 2017

Student Conference Rates

Early bird registration: R1 300.00 31 March 2017
Standard Price: R1 600.00 28 April 2017
Late registration: R2 000.00 12 May 2017

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