SA Cultural Observatory National Conference – Discount Voucher

Offer from the SA Cultural Observatory National Conference – Discount Voucher for National Conference on 24 & 25 May, at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has recently joined Visual Arts Network South Africa (VANSA) as a member. In an effort to make connections with its members, it, in collaboration with VANSA, is offering all VANSA members a significant discount on tickets for the SACO’s second National Conference.

As a valued VANSA member, you have been offered a 45% discount on the R2400.00 conference ticket. This means, your conference cost will only be R1300.00 for the two-day event, including an evening cocktail function and a ticket to see The Suit at the Market Theatre.

The SACO’s second National Conference takes place on 24 & 25 May 2017, at the Turbine Hall in the Newtown Cultural Precinct, in Johannesburg, South Africa and will showcase a number of renowned international, African and South African speakers.


The SACO was established in 2014 to develop a more sophisticated understanding of South Africa’s cultural economy – and also map trends, develop statistics, gather economic data in arts, culture and heritage and the creative and cultural industries, and inform policymakers.
Nelson Mandela University was appointed by the Department of Arts & Culture to host the trans-disciplinary national research institute, in partnership with Rhodes and Fort Hare universities. The Cultural Observatory is a long-awaited and vital initiative in the country’s cultural landscape. The evidence and data collected and analysed will assist in assessing the potential of the creative industries, in terms of competitiveness, job-creation and income-generation.


This year’s conference theme is ‘The Creative Economy & Development – Perspectives from Developed and Emerging Economies’ with the following thematic areas:

  • Area Studies: Particularly from a European, BRICS and African perspective.
  • Understanding the Creative Economy: Trends and Issues.
  • The Creative Economy: Value and Development across the CCIs.
  • Public Policy and the Creative Economy.
  • Human Resources in the CCIs.
  • Research & Mapping.
  • The South African Experience: Current and Emerging Issues.

The objective of the Conference is to convene academics, researchers and practitioners from across the creative sectors and economy – locally and internationally – to share their research. This will help establish trends, and to determine international policy lessons and best practices to apply to the South African context. The keynote speakers are being announced daily on the conference website and programme highlights will finalised in the next week.

We encourage you to take advantage of this discount and add your voice and insights to the machinations of South Africa’s creative economy; and to use the opportunity to learn about best practice and global creative economy trends.


In order to receive your voucher, kindly forward the following details to Tazleen Jooste at:

  • Full name
  • Organisation
  • Email address
  • Telephone number

Once we have received this information, we will forward your voucher with a unique voucher code which you will use to register online here: The voucher will include all registration and conference details.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Shelver:

Marketing & Communications Manager
South African Cultural Observatory
Cell: +27 71 880 4831

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