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Creative career expo to highlight opportunities


MIDM By Xavier

Johannesburg – The Creative Industries Career Expo for learners and youth will be held at Museum Africa in Newtown this month.

  The expo provides a platform for learners to access information and gain insight into the careers in the creative, cultural and heritage sectors. 

  Taking place from 11 to 13 March at Museum Africa in Newtown, the expo is hosted by Creative Knowledge, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Joburg, Museum Africa, the SAMRO Foundation, the Market Theatre Foundation and Creative Feel.

  Rosie Katz of Creative Knowledge says the creative industry is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the global economy, and has a positive influence on income generation and job creation. “Government has also recognised this sector as a key contributor to job creation, as well as contributing to social development and nation building,” Katz says.

  The expo is the culmination of years of work by Rosie Katz and Themba Maseko of Creative Knowledge, and aims to equip young people, parents and educators, with knowledge of post-school education options and understanding of diverse career paths in the creative industries. 

  Over the past few years, focus has been placed on careers in the creative, cultural and heritage industries, with numerous institutions now offering education and training in these fields. Universities, technikons, colleges and NPOs across the country provide an extensive range of courses, diplomas, degrees and post-graduate degrees in the sector. 

  Katz adds that the expo is being implemented as a non-commercial event to ensure accessibility to a diverse audience made up of learners and educators from high schools, out-of-school youth, as well as other interested persons.

  “Schools that wish to attend can contact us on bookings@creativeknowledge.co.za or www.cicareerexpo.co.za, the Expo is open to all,” she says.