This book on events-related research marks a watershed in the development of a "Nordic School" of festival and event research. Each of the chapters presents a new and interesting approach to the study of events, in terms of methods, perspectives or content. It is mostly rooted in management theory but also incorporating other perspectives that enhance our understanding of the phenomena. Implications for real-world applications in tourism, hospitality, and community development are also at the fore.
The scholarship is comprehensive, not focused on only tourism or economic aspects. Management theory, including stakeholder management, social networks, and institutionalization processes is being applied. Attention is being given to the multiple roles festivals and events play in society, and to evaluation of their worth and impacts. Innovative methods are being developed to examine event experiences, innovation processes, and success factors.
There is now a critical mass of scholars in the Nordic countries that share a strong interest in event studies, and they are engaged in collaborative research, making it an appealing and innovative region for other event students and researchers to visit. It can be expected that the Nordic school will take an increasingly important place in the development of event studies, which is now truly global in terms of scholarship and university degree programs.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism.
1. Introduction, Donald Getz & Tommy D. Andersson. 2. Impacts of Cultural Events in Eastern Finland – Development of a Finnish Event Evaluation Tool, Katja Pasanen, Heidi Taskinen & Jenni Mikkonen. 3. Casual Observers, Connoisseurs and Experimentalists: A Conceptual Exploration of Niche Festival Visitors, Szilvia Gyimóthy. 4. Festivals in the Barents Region: Exploring Festival-stakeholder Cooperation, Sidsel Karlsen & Caroline Stenbacka Nordström. 5. Festival Innovation: Complex and Dynamic Network Interaction, Mia Larson. 6. Festival Ownership. Differences between Public, Nonprofit and Private Festivals in Sweden, Tommy D. Andersson & Donald Getz. 7. Cultural Tourism Innovation Systems – The Roskilde Festival, Anne-Mette Hjalager. 8. Celebration of Extreme Playfulness: Ekstremsportveko at Voss Reidar, J. Mykletun. 9. The Festivalscape of Finnmark, Kari Jaeger & Reidar J. Mykletun. 10. The Event-Tourist Career Trajectory: A Study of High-Involvement Amateur Distance Runners, D. Getz & T.D. Andersson. 11. Exploring the Success of the Gladmatfestival (The Stavanger Food Festival), Kari Einarsen & Reidar J. Mykletun. 12. Stakeholder Influences on the Ownership and Management of Festival Brands, L. Mossberg & D. Getz. 13. Sámi Heritage at the Winter Festival in Jokkmokk, Sweden, D.K. Müller& R. Petersson. 14. Event Experiences in Time and Space: A Study of Visitors to the 2007 World Alpine Ski Championships in Åre, Sweden, Robert Pettersson & Donald Getz.