CAV platform for the cultural and creative industries launching 18 September

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The Cav' Platform aims to contribute to existing efforts by government and civil
society organisations. (Photo: Goethe-Institut/Supplied)
The Cav' Platform aims to contribute to existing efforts by government and civil society organisations. (Photo: Goethe-Institut/Supplied)

Creative entrepreneurship can be a great income source, especially in South Africa, where vast creative talent is coupled with staggering unemployment numbers.

The Goethe-Institut’s CAV’ Platform aims to be a catalyst for furthering, enabling and improving income-generating opportunities for creative entrepreneurs through networking, skills-training and resource-sharing. The platform will launch digitally on Friday, 18 September. “Cav’” is a South African vernacular expression used to say “check it out” or “understand” – and therefore aligns perfectly with the goal of raising awareness of how creative entrepreneurship can be a viable career option.

The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in South Africa are fragmented and visibility as an industry is weak. There seems to be a lack of understanding and knowledge of how the creative industry could be strengthened. Part of the problem is that no functioning cross-sectoral associations or networks exist that could represent the interests of the creative industries towards state authorities and decision-makers. Therefore, there is great potential in strengthening the exchange and dialogue between civil society organisations.

The Cav' Platform aims to contribute to existing efforts by government and civil society organisations to coordinate the CCI through networking and creating possibilities for the visibility of the Industry, as well as for the CCI ecosystem to recognise each other and the work the various parts are doing to further develop the industry.

The objectives of the Cav' Platform will be to provide a space for dialogue, networking and resources sharing through a conference, virtual platform and business development support - in the hope that where discord and gaps are recognized, the industry will be able to strategise in efforts to better address the needs on the CCI. With a focus on skills-training, mentorship, relevant information and networking and showcasing opportunities, CAV' provides creatives with the tools to support their own entrepreneurial journey. The website will be officially launched with on 18 September.

Access it here.

The Cav’ Platform is part of the project Cav’ Creative Economies, which aims to strengthen the Cultural and Creative Industries in South Africa.