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Focus On Festivals

This book presents a contemporary overview of our most ubiquitous cultural phenomena - festivals. It is able to do so by taking a powerful and unique case-study focused, theoretically rigorous and pan-European approach. It comes from a hugely expert and experienced team of editors and authors drawn from across Europe and is based on the groundbreaking work of the European Festival Research Project (EFRP). The EFRP and the book are focused on understanding the causes and implications of the current growth in festivals internationally, and the implications this has across major sectors ranging from tourism to culture. The key themes the books brings out are: *The politics, programming, impacts, governance and management of festivals; *The social, cultural, political, economic and physical contexts in which festivals operate; *The potential of festivals to explore and stimulate a more risk-oriented approach to the arts; *Key conclusions, trends, forecasts and recommendations for the sector in the future. The exciting range of real world examples and the mix of practical and academic contributions provides readers with a broad perspective across agendas from economic regeneration and tourism, to education and social inclusion. An indispensable text for students in arts and festival management, events, tourism, hospitality and cultural policy and management courses. It is also essential reading for festival and events managers, public authorities and existing and potential sponsors.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Focusing on Festivals (Newbold, Jordan, Bianchini & Maughan); Section 1. Perspectives and Debates: Introduction (Maughan & Jordan); Festivals - Why - What - When? A case study of Berlin (Hertling); Festivalisation: patterns and limits (Negrier); Festivals, Urbanity and the Public Sphere: reflections on European festivals (Sassatelli); Festivals, Conformity and Socialisation (Szabo); Festivals as Communities of Practice: learning by doing and knowledge networks amongst artist (Comunian); Festivals of Transition: Greenlight Festival, Leicester (Fletcher); Section 2. Leadership and Management: Introduction (Jordan); How to Flow: a case study on an urban music festival in Helsinki (Silvanto); Romaeuropa Festival: a case study (Argano); Festival Leadership in Turbulent Times (Jordan); The Mladi levi Festival, Ljubljana: a case study (Koprivsek); The Diggers' Festival: key issues in organising a community festival that has `political' connotations (Norton); Volunteering for Festivals: why and how? ( Autissier); Festival City - Rotterdam (Dooghe); Section 3. Impacts, Communities and Places: Introduction (Newbold); The Enchanted City, The Festive Week in Holstebro: an experiential and social cultural space (Winkelhorn); Operaestate Festival Veneto: a socio-cultural and economic analysis (Carnelli); Street Performances: the perverse effects of festivals (Gaber); Diaspora Community Festivals and Tourism: a UK perspective (Fu, Long & Thomas); Mela in the UK: a `travelled' and `habituated' festival (Kaushal & Newbold); A View from Australia (Archer); Section 4. The Future of Festivals: Introduction (Bianchini & Maughan); Festivals in the Network Society (Richards); The Public Festival: inspiration and interconnectivity at the heart of festivals (Deventer); `Belonging and Unbelonging': the cultural purpose of festivals (Gordziejko); Transnational Festivals, a European Alternative: Les Boreales and Reims Scenes d'Europe (Autissier); Some Thoughts on the Future of European Festivals (Faivre d'Arcier); Some Reflections on the Future of Festival Practice in Europe (Austen); Index

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