The third stop in a nationwide roadshow sees the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) bring its domain workshop series to Bloemfontein.
The workshops allow the SACO to engage with the sector and receive its inputs, as well as share insights into the organisation, its research and tools. The roadshow is in support of the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) and the research community working on arts, culture and heritage projects. The Bloemfontein workshop takes place at the National Museum on August 30.
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.
“Bloemfontein is an important stop along our national tour of the country. Last year we completed a study on the Macufe Festival which takes place every year in October; and the Free State in general is becoming a major site for events and festivals, which generate revenue for the province and it’s cities and towns,” said Njabulo Sithebe, SACO Deputy Director of Research and Strategic Engagement.
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 developed by the think tank. It is also designed to help the SACO gain insight and feedback from the creative sectors 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,” he said adding that the SACO’s research products, tools and frameworks for monitoring and evaluation are all free for use.
“It’s vital that we reach across South Africa to share information and show those working in the arts, culture and heritage sectors and the creative and cultural industries how the SACO can support decision-making with good information.”
The workshop series sees the SACO stopping in East London, Pietermaritzburg, Welkom, Paarl, Upington, Mafikeng, Vereeniging and Tzaneen between July and October.
The events 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 and are free of charge.
Attendees are encouraged to register online for the Bloemfontein workshop on August 30: https://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.co.za/event/saco-domain-workshop-bloemfontein-30-august-2017. Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to sign up urgently to avoid disappointment.