Arts and Culture

One-fifth of companies (20%) supported activities in arts and culture, which received an average of 1% of CSI expenditure in 2021.

  • One-quarter of the CSI spend on arts and culture was allocated towards performing arts, down from 38% in 2020.
  • This was accompanied by a shift towards culture and heritage, where the average spend more than doubled, from 9% in 2020 to 21% in 2021.

Read more about the national context of arts and culture


Recommended Reading

  • A Renewed Appreciation for the Arts

    The arts sector was in a precarious state prior to Covid-19 and the lockdown has devastated an already unequal sector. Boitumelo Motsoatsoe, Head of Programmes at Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), describes how creatives have had to adapt to a new way of working, and what companies can do to support artists and the cultural and creative industry (CCI) in the future. Read more.

  • Arts and Culture – An Underappreciated Sector Requiring Support

    The size and nature of the arts sector is often underappreciated – according to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC), there are more than 92 000 people directly employed in the sector and many more indirectly supported. The South African Cultural Observatory says the creative economy contributed R74 billion to the economy in 2018 (1.7% of national GDP). Huge parts of the sector are unlikely to survive, which is ironic, given that the arts have assumed huge significance during the pandemic, bringing people together virtually. Read more.