Creative industry call for economy re-set

Call for Abstracts Extended to August 30

By CityLife Arts Writer

The South African Cultural Observatory has extended the submission date for the Call For Abstracts to August 30.

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) recently announced that it will host the 4th SACO International Conference in November 2022. The conference is scheduled for 9 & 10 November 2022 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane.

The Observatory had initially published a Call for Abstracts for submission on August 15, but has extended the deadline to August 30 due to pleas from the industry. SACO Executive Director said “it is critical that we receive inputs and abstracts from a wide range of industry stakeholders, and we thought was important and prudent to we allow a little more time to those who may need to refine their papers”. 

Organised under the theme “Creative economy reset: Structuring the creative and cultural industries for a sustainable and inclusive future”, the conference aims to discuss issues affecting the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in the aftermath of the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis.

The conference will be hosted in a hybrid format allowing majority of people to attend in person while allowing international guests unable to travel to Tshwane to participate virtually.

The SA Cultural Observatory is a project of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, tasked with measuring the economic value of the South Africa’s cultural and creative sector. The observatory has previously hosted three international conferences but has not done so since 2018. The call is broad-based and aims to cover a wide range of issues affecting the cultural and creative industries (CCIs).

Conference attendees will engage, debate, learn and collaborate by sharing experiences and innovative strategies with a view to leveraging these lessons in the future. 

Sub-themes include: a) Dealing with disruption: trends, developments and responses: global perspectives on the creative economy; b)The cartography of the new creative economy; c) Constructing, categorizing and revaluing the creative economy; d) International trade and creative markets; e) The creative economy and digital transformation; and f) Funding, financing and investing in the creative economy.

The call for abstracts, papers and presentations is open to all local and international industry stakeholders to submit potential topics for discussion at the conference.

To find out more about the themes and sub-themes to be tackled at the conference visit: or  alternatively visit the SACO website

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