The Cav‘ Platform Dialogue Forum returns bringing more in-depth discussion to the Animation industry

Author: JT Comms
Date: 14 Apr 2022

The Goethe-Institut in partnership with Animation South Africa (ASA) launch the 2022 Cav‘ Platform Dialogue Forums. The Cav‘ Platform is a collaborative project between the Goethe-Institut and Animation South Africa (ASA) that develop dialogue forums focused on topics relevant to the Animation Industry. These dialogue forums form part of the programming of various South African festivals with an interest in animation and take place in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Goethe-Institut and Animation SA have been collaborating over the past 3 years on the Cav‘ Platform particularly focusing on the transformation of the South African animation industry. Each dialogue forum is based on the theme and research findings of transformation requirements within the animation industry.

“This partnership with Animation South African is one the ways that the Cav’ Platform a project of the Goethe-Institut is contributing to conversations that we hope will yield better income prospects for those involved in the animation industry” said Goethe-Institut Cav’ Platform Project Manager Bandile Gumbi.

The first Dialogue Forum takes place in Johannesburg on 29 April, at a Hybrid Event at the Radisson Red and kicks off the series with a focus on incubators as a model for transformation. Titled Innovating in the incubator space through hybrid models, this dialogue considers the current ASA incubator Road to Commercialisation - Broadcast Readiness Incubator, headed up by ASA’s Isabelle Rorke. This dialogue will explore how the ASA incubator has impacted the candidates and how this model can be expanded for greater transformation through entrepreneurial and general skills development with the goal of sustainable job creation.

The event will be live streamed through the Goethe-Institut face book group and to RSVP for the live event RSVP to Michelle - events@animationsa.org

The second Dialogue Forum is set to take place the Durban Film Mart and will continue to focus on incubators as a model for industry transformation, but will expand to include the creative clusters which are yielding impressive results in Gauteng.

The final Dialogue Forum will take place at the Cape Town international Animation Festival and will introduce licensing and merchandising to the animation community. This is an important piece of the value chain however very few industry players know much about it. It is a complex industry that has its own challenges and opportunities. By hosting a dialogue on this subject the Cav‘ Platform will be able to discuss two critical areas including, Africanisation of merchandise and addressing the critical shortage of African themed toys and apparel for the youth market.

All three Dialogue Forums form part of the greater conversation ASA continues to have within the animation and gaming industry, seeking greater transformation and more opportunities for South African animation and gaming professionals on home soil.

Event details for the first Cav‘ Platform Dialogue Forum in Johannesburg:

Date: 29 April 2022

Venue: Hybrid Event, Radisson Red (Rosebank)

Time: 4 - 7pm

Ticketing info: RSVP to Michelle - events@animationsa.org 

For media enquiries and interview requests please contact media@jtcomms.co.za or call 011 788 7632

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of Animation SA (ASA) - www.animationsa.org and Goethe-Institut

About the Partners

Cav’ Platform

Cav’ Platform contributes to existing efforts in the creative and cultural industry (CCI). Through  research-based forums and a virtual platform, Cav’ Platform provides a space for dialogue,  networking, information and resources sharing. The project is part of the Goethe-Institut’s Cav’ Creative Economies that comprises the two projects Cav’ Platform and Cav’ Townships. The programme aims to contribute to the creative and cultural industries in South Africa, by supporting creative organisations and small businesses towards income generation.


AnimationSA aims to grow and transform the animation industry to enable access to animation education for all South Africans. The organisation aims to provide access to international markets and represent businesses within the sector in terms of policy and support structures. In an era of digital disruption and the year of global disruption, it seems more necessary than ever to not only transform the demographics of the local workforce but also to decolonise the very content that is collectively produced. The aim is to bring home the entire ecosystem that creates, distributes and consumes content across all technologies and platforms.

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