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Friday, March 24, 2017


 Deadline: March 30, 2017

Registration opens for The South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) annual conference which will explore the interface between 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 it 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 March 31, 2017.

Registration for the conference must be done via the online portal

The standard rate for the conference is R2,400 and R1,600 for students with early bird fees for those registering before March 31.

Standard Conference Rates
Package Price Deadline:
Early bird registration: R2,100 by March 31, 2017
Standard Price: R2,400 by April 28, 2017
Late registration: R2,800 by May 12, 2017

Student Conference Rates
Early bird registration: R1,300 by March 31, 2017
Standard Price: R1,600 by April 28,  2017
Late registration: R2,000 by May 12

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