The “Towards the Creative, Smart City” dialogue will be held at Atlantis Lifestyle Lounge on the Esplanade in East London on Saturday, as part of the Umtiza Arts Festival which kicks off on on Friday.
The dialogue aims to bring together creativity, ICT, media, business and academia to discuss the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Dialogue curator Papama Mnqandi said it is necessary to spark conversation from the creative class and other societal sectors in the city.
“This will also enable the province to make a meaningful contribution to the presidential commission for the 4IR. This will unleash the creative class, especially in light of the youth bulge, as a key ingredient for sustainable economic development,” Mnqandi said.
He added that the intention is seeing the province as a capable hub for the creative economy and be able to pioneer future trends in the 4IR.
The panel includes German producer and DJ Ralf Gum, Prof Chris Adendorff from the 4IR Commission and Unathi Lutshaba of the South African Cultural Observatory (Saco), amongt others.
“The dialogue will be the start of an ongoing, synergistic dialogue among stakeholders. If the incoming premier is looking for strategies to counter the exodus that is diminishing the provincial equitable share, one place to note is the creative class that is mushrooming throughout the city and province,” Mnqandi said.
The dialogue also aims to explore the Unesco United Nations Creative Cities Network (UCCN) which fosters international cooperation within and across cities of the world that have invested in culture and creativity as an accelerator of sustainable development.
Tickets from are available on Computicket at R50. The event starts at 12pm.