SA cultural governance in global spotlight


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Top international researchers will be in Johannesburg next week to conduct a series of workshops and talks with local cultural practitioners.

Annick Schramme
Annick Schramme

Researchers; Professor Ian King from the University of the Arts, London and Professor Annick Schramme; from the University of Antwerp; will be in Johannesburg next week to conduct a series of workshops and talks with local cultural practitioners, on the topic of governance in cultural organisations.

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Ian King
Ian King

They will offer an open public event on Tuesday 2 May beginning 17:00 for 17:30-19.30 at the Market Theatre. Other events (Wednesday 3 May) are geared specifically towards cultural practitioners running arts organisations with boards and attendance is by arrangement only. Please RSVP to, if you are interested in attending any of the events.

“The challenges facing managing successful arts and cultural institutions globally are immense and it is not getting any easier!” Professors King and Schramme explain, “Yet, our understanding of the global picture of good practice in ‘cultural governance’ is weak. Predominantly, what we know is gathered from a narrow literature and set of understandings that is mainly western (from predictable locations, for example: UK, USA and Europe), and in fact, our concern is that these perspectives might be doing more harm than good!”.

The aim of their current cultural governance project is to collect further information regarding the guise of cultural governance across a number of regions across the globe. They are collecting information from eight countries (Ethiopia, Taiwan, China, India, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Serbia), through a multi-pronged research approach which includes direct engagement with practitioners in each of these countries, allowing parties from both sides the opportunity to develop their understanding with further information, activities and discussions. The results of the study from the eight locations will be collected and re-produced in a book that will be published in late 2018.

They gratefully acknowledge support for this project from: The European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC); Creative Europe, The Creative Enterprise Programme of the European Union; The University of Antwerp and The University of the Arts, London; and in South Africa, the Cultural Policy and Management division at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Arts and the Market Theatre Foundation.

Should you have any questions about the project as a whole, please e-mail

For more information on the South African engagement, please e-mail

To book for the local events, please e-mail

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