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South Africa’s Creatives Inspiring Innovation: The ACT|UJ Arts and Culture Conference

ACT|UJ Arts & Culture Conference


Brought to you by the Arts and Culture Trust and the University of Johannesburg in partnership with British Council Connect ZA, the ACT|UJ Arts & Culture Conference is a convergence of creatives, aimed at facilitating an exchange of knowledge, experience and opportunities.


The conference will provide information and research aimed at educating and inspiring the creative industry in South Africa. It will act as a tool for networking and collaborations, providing potential to increase co-ordination of industry events and the pooling of resources. Not only will this provide individual opportunities for creatives but it also hopes to facilitate the growth of arts and culture in our country and in turn benefit the economy.


The featured presenters include trend analysts, creative entrepreneurs, artists, writers and leaders in the industry. The conference is simply arranged into five different gatherings:


Cluster 1: Imagine It


Setting the scene for the rest of the conference, this is an opening evening geared towards introductions of a creative, intellectual and social nature.


Cluster 2: Hear It


This will give an overview of where we’re at locally and internationally in terms of the creative industries. Topics will include #trending and understanding a world characterized by constant change.
Cluster 3: Own It


This will look at specific examples of different creatives who are pursuing new ways of doing things. It will feature talks by these curators of change about their creative social solutions.


Cluster 4: Learn It

Powered by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), this cluster will look at the intersections of brand, business and the arts, and examine shared value and opportunities, from each perspective.


Cluster 5: See It


Participants will be taken on tours into Braamfontein, Melville and surrounds to engage practically with new spaces, with the intention of stimulating innovation and inspiration. It focuses on possibilities for collaboration and development in different environments and media forms.
Finally, ‘Live It’ is a social gathering geared towards consolidating the philosophies and plans inspired by the conference. It also promises to be a pretty cool party, with refreshments and fresh beats from local DJs.


Date: 08-10 March 2015
Venue: UJ Arts Centre, University of Johannesburg, Kingsway Campus
Cost: Full Conference – R 1 000, Student Conference R350, Single Tickets to various clusters range from R200 – R300


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