Paarl is the Western Cape stopover in a nationwide roadshow by the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO), and the fourth in a series of eight.
The SACO brings its domain workshop series to Paarl on September 7.
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 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 Western Cape is a real creative hub – and there are many clusters, such as the film and design nodes in Cape Town, that contribute significantly to the national creative economy. Therefore it is critical that we share the SACO message and tools with the Western Cape practitioners. Also, we can gain significant insight from them on the inner workings of their industries – it’s a win-win,” 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 make a difference to creatives across South Africa,” he added, saying the SACO’s research products, tools and frameworks for monitoring and evaluation were all free for use and available on the SACO website.
The workshop series sees the SACO stopping in East London, Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein, 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.