Place-making and grassroots festivals

  The reason for proposing this theme is that we (Louise & Jane) are preparing a proposal for a special edition on this very topic! Watch this space... There was an initial discussion on what we understood by place-making and the following ideas came through: Communities and neighbourhoods and relationship to physical places Relational spaces... Continue Reading →


Are a festival’s origins a guide for future meaning and value?

There is often a tendency to feel concerned if a 'traditional' festival moves away from its origin but the reality is usually more complex than this. This discussion group examined some of the issues of the how the history of festivals can constrain change or, whether the original purpose is retained in its purest form. Do we... Continue Reading →

The thorny issue of volunteers?

Linda Wilks from Open University submitted the following provocation before the symposium: "Events/Festivals are.....often heavily reliant on volunteers to organise and steward them. But how much ‘fun’ is festival volunteering, is it really worth the effort for organisers, and how sustainable is a reliance on volunteers in the long run?" This was picked up in... Continue Reading →

The role of experts

The next summary is on the theme of experts. During the panel discussion, Beatriz Garcia, explained that a 'caravan of experts' has been created around mega-events such as the Olympics but questioned whether this was a good thing. This topic was then picked up in the open space as summarised by David Jarman below... What... Continue Reading →

A question of methods…

James Musgrave from Manchester Metropolitan University has written up the notes from the discussion about methods.... Is it a question of different methods, or are our methods related to specific events? There was a discussion of methods in different journals and what they expect to see and will publish - this needs further consideration and maybe... Continue Reading →

Events are interruptions…

As part of the 'open space' activity at the symposium various topics (designed by delegates) were explored. Each discussion was minuted and I will be posting the summaries of the discussions here. The first is from Andrew Smith from University of Westminster on the theme of interruptions...   Several people responded to the invitation to... Continue Reading →

Summary of the panel discussions

David Jarman from Edinburgh Napier University has been quick off the draw with his summary of the panel debate and subsequent Q&A. David has blogged the notes on his own site as well which can be found here. I will be posting the summaries of the open space discussions over the next few days so... Continue Reading →

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