SA Cultural Observatory National Conference 2017

The conference seeks select international, national and local perspectives on the interface between the creative economy and development.

The creative and culture industries (CCIs) contributes approximately 2.9% to South Africa's GDP and employs close to 450,000 people.

This year, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) - in support of the significant contribution the CCIs and the arts, culture and heritage (ACH) sectors make to the economy of the country - is hosting a major national conference on theme of ‘creative economy and development - perspectives from the developed and emerging economies'.

The conference will gather together researchers working and interested in the sectors and industries and profile insights, trends, research, analysis and case studies to showcase the depth of South Africa's creative economy and profile its potential.

The conference will take place on 24 and 25 May 2017, at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The conference organisers are accepting abstracts until 5pm on Saturday 31 March 2017.

Submit an abstract here.
Register to attend the conference here.

Important dates
Deadline for abstracts: Friday, 31 March 2017 at 5pm SAT.
Delegate registration closing date: Friday, 28 April 2017 at 5pm SAT.
Speaker registration closing date: Friday, 14 April 2017 at 5pm SAT.
Conference dates: all day: 24, 25 May 2017.
Conference dinner: 7pm, 24 May 2017.

Standard conference rates
Early bird registration: R2,100 - 31 March 2017
Standard price: R2,400 - 28 April 2017
Late registration: R2,800 - 12 May 2017

Student conference rates
Early bird registration: R1,300 - 31 March 2017
Standard price: R1,600 - 28 April 2017
Late registration: R2,000 - 12 May 2017

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Date: 24 May 2017 to 25 May 2017
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Venue: Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa, Johannesburg

More info:

Contact: Paula Holmes
Company name: South African Cultural Observatory
Telephone number: +27 41 504 4930
Email address