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South African Cultural Observatory 2nd National Conference


The Creative Economy & Development – Perspectives from Developed and Emerging Economies.

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) and the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC) are excited to announce the SACO’s second National Conference on the ‘Creative Economy and Development’ and invite participants to submit papers for consideration. The conference – which seeks select international, national and local perspectives on the interface between the creative economy and development – will take place on 24 and 25 May 2017, at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa. The SACO is seeking speakers to present papers for the conference under the conference’s major theme: ‘The Creative Economy & Development – Perspectives from Developed and Emerging Economies’. In support of the major theme, papers, presentations and panel discussions are invited within 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.


Deadline for abstracts: Friday 31 March 2017, 17:00 SAT.
Delegate registration closing date: Friday 28 April 2017,17:00 SAT.
Speaker registration closing date: Friday 14 April 2017,17:00 SAT.
Conference dates: All day: 24 & 25 May, 2017.
Conference Evening Function: 19:00, 24 May, 2017.


Standard Conference Rates
Package Price Deadline
Early bird registration R2 100.00 31 March 2017
Standard Price R2 400.00 28 April 2017
Late registration R2 800.00 12 May 2017
Student Conference Rates
Early bird registration R1 300.00 31 March 2017
Standard Price R1 600.00 28 April 2017
Late registration R2 000.00 12 May 2017

Enter the SA Cultural Observatory’s lucky giveaway competition for a chance to WIN a set of double tickets for you and a friend to attend the #SACOConf2017 happening on the 24-25 May at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Like the SA Cultural Observatory Facebook Page;
  2. Tag a friend you want to attend with in the comments section;
  3. Share this competition post on your timeline; and
  4. Answer this question: Where is the SACO 2017 Conference taking place?

Terms & Conditions

To enter the competition, entrants must:

  • be 18 years and over;
  • be based in Johannesburg and able to attend the conference on the 24 & 25 May;
  • be involved in the creative and cultural industries or arts, culture and heritage sectors or academia/ research;
  • complete all the tasks laid out;
  • submit their email address on request;
  • register online using the registration code provided;
  • note that tickets are not transferable unless otherwise arranged by an authority at the SA Cultural Observatory.

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