The first of several South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) domain workshops kicked off last week on August 18, when about 40 representatives of the Mpumalanga arts, culture and heritage community joined the SACO team to tackle matters of mutual interest.
On the discussion table, among other topics, was the challenges faced by the sectors and individual artists, how the SACO can support with research that informs organisations and practitioners, the appropriateness of the SACO’s Research Agenda, and areas for collaboration.
The first of eight domain workshops to be hosted nationwide, the Mpumalanga session was a success, the SACO said.
“This was a great way to kick off what is essentially a national roadshow to both introduce the SACO and hold robust discussions with arts, culture and heritage organisations and cultural and creative industry practitioners,” said Prof Jen Snowball, SACO’s Chief Researcher and Rhodes University economics lecturer.
The day-long workshop started with a presentation by the national Department of Arts and Culture and was followed by one by CCIFSA (Cultural and Creative Industries Federations of South Africa).
CCIFSA Deputy Secretary General, Zwelithini Mdakane, welcomed the workshop and said: “We feel there is now alignment between the people of Mpumalanga and SACO. There is a lot we can learn from one another, and this workshop has helped us better understand what the SACO is, what it is mandated to