SACO Domain Workshop Series - East London 27 July 2017

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) kicks off its nationwide domain workshop series in East London next month. The first domain workshop event takes place at the Mdantsane Arts Centre on July 27, 2017 and then moves to seven other sites around the country between July and October.

Off the back of a wildly successful national conference in May, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) kicks off a nationwide roadshow of eight domain workshops in East London in July.

The SACO – a national public research entity of the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), hosted by Nelson Mandela University, which promotes capacity-building across the cultural domains – is taking the organisation, its research, and its tools and frameworks to the people.

The first workshop takes place at the Mdantsane Arts Centre on July 27 – shortly after the National Arts Festival. “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,” said Njabulo Sithebe, SACO Deputy Director of Research and Strategic Engagement.

The SACO’s broad research work will be outlined in the domain workshop series, which criss-crosses the country, starting in East London, then moving to Pietermaritzburg, Welkom, Paarl, Upington, Mafikeng, Vereeniging, Gauteng and Tzaneen between July and October.


Arts, cultureand heritage (ACH) sector and cultural and creative industry (CCIs) practitioners and stakeholders; academics and researchers; interested parties from local, provincial and national government; arts managers, administrators, organisations and fundraisers and funders; event and festival organisers; and relevant stakeholders from civil society.

You are invited to the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) Domain Workshop.


  • Introduction to the South African Cultural Observatory
  • Overview of the National Research Agenda and recent inputs and updates
  • Outline of SACO research outputs and how they benefit the industry
  • Introduction to the SA Festival Economic Impact Calculator (SAFEIC)
  • Discussion of trends, opportunities & challenges in the Creative and Cultural Industry domains
  • … and more.


The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) have an increasingly important role to play in economic growth, development and employment creation. The SACO officially invites you to a domain workshop, to:

  • Share critical information;
  • Facilitate discussions and public engagement; and
  • Develop a mutual understanding of the trends and challenges shaping the ACH sectors and CCIs.

Register now! Space is limited, so please register and confirm your attendance before 20 July 2017.


  • DATE: 27 July 2017
  • TIME: 9:30am– 4pm / Registration from 8:30am
  • PLACE: Mdantsane Art Centre NU 3 9871 Mdantsane 5219
  • COST: Free – lunch & refreshments will be served
  • RVSP: 20 July 2017
  • MORE INFO: 041 504 4930/
  • visit the event page for more information


Kindly confirm your attendance via the online registration form. Please note: Only registrations completed and confirmed via the SACO website will be permitted entry to the workshop. Should you be unable to attend the workshop, kindly inform the SACO organising committee on (041) 504 4930, prior to the event in order to allow for catering adjustments or for another delegate to take up the opportunity to attend.

Space is limited and would-be attendees are encouraged to sign up urgently to avoid disappointment.

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