Final panel member profile

Our fifth panel member is Ellie Turner from Salford based, Walk The Plank. Walk the Plank create some of the best outdoor events in the country, including my favourite event of the year...Manchester Day Parade (maybe being a Mancunian makes me biased!)... Ellie is producer and project director of Walk the Plank and has a background... Continue Reading →


Your hosts for the #CritEvents symposium!

So I realised that I had not properly introduced the team behind this event....the planning and development of ideas has been a group effort and I would like to mention Allan Jepson, David Jarman, Caroline Jackson, David McGillivray, Ian Lamond and Rebecca Finkel in particular, for chipping in with ideas and suggestion along the way.... Continue Reading →

Delegate Profiles

I will be posting the delegate profiles over the next few days leading up to the symposium so you can get acquainted with each other before arrival and maybe start making some connections before the symposium itself! There is still time to register if you haven't done so already! Vanessa Schofield I am a second... Continue Reading →

Panelist Profile

Dr Beatriz Garcia is Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital and Senior Research Fellow in Communication at the University of Liverpool. We are excited to welcome her to the symposium panel and looking forward to hearing about her recent experiences at Rio 2016.   She has been at the forefront of debates... Continue Reading →

Potential for change?

Dr. Ian Lamond, my co-editor on the new book 'Critical Event Studies: Approaches to Research' offers a succinct reflection: Events and Festivals are...? Points where the social world can change at an individual and collective level. Just to plug the book too - do let your librarian know it is now available! Many of the... Continue Reading →

Relationship with the everyday…

A topic that I will certainly want to explore further at the symposium  is how festivals and events shape our everyday lives (and vice versa). Events are often analysed as set apart from the routine and mundane but, as Dr. Andrew Smith, University of Westminster reflects, Events/Festivals are....? Spatial and temporal concentrations of people united by... Continue Reading →


We would like to welcome you to engage with the work of Michael Duignan and David McGillivray... The project #RioZones focuses on the impact of the Olympic Games on urban public space in the city of Rio and builds on previous work that David and colleagues at University of the West of Scotland have conducted... Continue Reading →

Appropriation of events and festivals…

Newly registered for the symposium is Prof. Gayle McPherson from University of West of Scotland. Her musing on the question of 'Events/Festivals are...?" is something that I think we will be debating during the panel session at the symposium.... A great means for social and cultural exchange, have the ability to foster international relations, harmony and... Continue Reading →

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