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Focus on World Festivals

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-55-5-2822

ISBN: 978-1-910158-55-5

Published: February 2016

Component type: book



A contemporary overview of festival activity from around the world based on over 30 case studies drawn from every continent. Through its case-study focus it examines different types and genres of festival across the world; considers in detail specific festivals in specific contexts; looks at management and organisational issues in festival provision, and illustrates debates and theories pertaining to festivals throughout the world.

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  • Chris Newbold, De Montfort University (Editor)
  • Jennie Jordan, De Montfort University (Editor)

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Newbold & Jordan, 2016

Newbold, C. & Jordan, J. (2016) Focus on World Festivals. Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-910158-55-5-2822


Chapter 1 The Festivalisation of Contemporary Life (Jordan)

Chapter 2 The Place to be... global, The glocal configuration of world festivals, The case of Les Eurockéennes de Belfort, France (Djakouane & Négrier)

Chapter 3 Norwegian Festivals and a Music Economy in Transition, The art of balancing ambitions, expectations and limitations (Nordgård)

Chapter 4 Visual Arts Festivals and Globalisation, The rise of biennials (Sassatelli)

Chapter 5 Animating Places, A new festival phenomenon (Maguire)

Chapter 6 Republic of the Imagination, Burning Man and the culture of radical self expression (Bowditch)

Chapter 7 Leicester, Festival City, or a City with Festivals (Brown)

Chapter 8 Perspective of Taiwan Lantern Festival (Huang)

Chapter 9 Galway International Arts Festival, What’s behind the internationalisation of a name (Guglielmini)

Chapter 10 Rock in Rio, The Festival (Martin)

Chapter 11 Building the Festival Team, A case study of Saint Petersburg art festivals (Puchkova & Elkanova)

Chapter 12 Large Festivals – Great Struggles (Szabó)

Chapter 13 Community Perceptions on the Impacts of Art Festivals on Overall Quality of Life, A case study of the Innibos National Arts Festival, South Africa (Niekerk)

Chapter 14 Valuing Arts Festivals, A case study of the South African National Arts Festival (Snowball)

Chapter 15 Festivals on the High Street, Revitalising business and communities in the UK (Comunian, Fraser-Ward & Jacobi)

Chapter 16 Are You Having a Laugh, Comedy and Festivals in the 21st Century (Maughan & Radošević)

Chapter 17 ‘Appealing for Grace’, The Guinea Corn Festival of the Nawuris of Northern Ghana (Ntewusu)

Chapter 18 Visualising National Life, The Hornbill Festival as Culture and Politics (Longkumer)

Chapter 19 The World’s Largest Water Fight, or the Battle for the Soul of a Festival,Songkran in Thailand and South East Asia (Newbold)

Chapter 20 China, Rehabilitating Festivals (Newbold & Xiang)

Chapter 21 Festivals that Change Lives (Gaber)

Chapter 22 A Holy Week Carnival, The Iberoamerican Theater Festival of Bogotá (Vignolo)

Chapter 23 Dia de los Muertos and its Representation of Calaveras (Bradfield)

Chapter 24 Commemorating the Ancestors, Performances of Death at the Tucson All Souls Procession (Bowditch)

Chapter 25 Off the Beaten Track (Archer)

Chapter 26 The Parkes Elvis Festival, Attendee and Host Community Perspectives (Schlenker, Foley & Carroll-Dwyer)

Chapter 27 The Festive Culture of Trinidad and Tobago (Riggio)


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