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Heritage and Festivals in Europe

Performing Identities, 1st Edition

Edited by Ullrich Kockel, Cristina Clopot, Baiba Tjarve, Máiréad Nic Craith


214 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Heritage and Festivals in Europe critically investigates the purpose, reach and effects of heritage festivals. Providing a comprehensive and detailed analysis of comparatively selected aspects of intangible cultural heritage, the volume demonstrates how such heritage is mobilised within events that have specific agency, particularly in the production and consumption of intrinsic and instrumental benefits for tourists, local communities and performers.

Bringing together experts from a wide range of disciplines, the volume presents case studies from across Europe that consider many different varieties of heritage festivals. Focusing primarily on the popular and institutional practices of heritage making, the book addresses the gap between discourses of heritage at an official level and cultural practice at the local and regional level. Contributors to the volume also study the different factors influencing the sustainable development of tradition as part of intangible cultural heritage at the micro- and meso-levels, and examine underlying structures that are common across different countries.

Heritage and Festivals in Europe takes a multidisciplinary approach and as such, should be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of heritage studies, tourism, performing arts, cultural studies and identity studies. Policymakers and practitioners throughout Europe should also find much to interest them within the pages of this volume.

Table of Contents


Regina F. Bendix

1. Heritages, identities and Europe: exploring cultural forms and expressions

Ullrich Kockel, Máiréad Nic Craith, Cristina Clopot and Baiba Tjarve

2. On the relationship between performance and intangible cultural heritage

Simon McKerrell and Kerstin Pfeiffer

3. Comparative aspects of the Song and Dance Celebration of the Baltic countries in the context of nation branding processes

Rūta Muktupāvela and Anda Laķe

4. The construction of belonging and Otherness in heritage events

Cristina Clopot and Catherine McCullagh

5. Nostalgic festivals: the case of Cappadox

Babak Taheri, Martin Joseph Gannon and Hossein Olya

6. Events that want to become heritage: vernacularisation of ICH and the politics of culture and identity in European public rituals

Alessandro Testa

7. Performing identities and communicating ICH: from local to international strategies

Laurent Sébastien Fournier

8. Memory, pride and politics on parade: the Durham Miners’ Gala

Andreas Pantazatos and Helaine Silverman

9. Sound Structure as political structure in the European folk festival orchestra La Banda Europa

Simon McKerrell

10. Performing Scots-European heritage, ‘For A’ That!

Mairi McFadyen and Máiréad Nic Craith

11. European Capitals of Culture: Discourses of Europeanness in Valletta, Plovdiv and Galway

Cristina Clopot and Katerina Strani

12. Negotiating contested heritages through theatre and storytelling

Kerstin Pfeiffer and Magdalena Weiglhofer

13. Commemorating vanished ‘homelands’: displaced Germans and their Heimat Europa

Ullrich Kockel

Afterword: festival as heritage / heritage as festival

Valdimar Tr. Hafstein

About the Editors

Ullrich Kockel is Professor of Cultural Ecology at the Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot- Watt University, UK.

Cristina Clopot is Postdoctoral Researcher in Heritage Diplomacy at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, UK.

Baiba Tjarve is Senior Researcher and Project Manager in the Research Centre at the Latvian Academy of Culture.

M á ir é ad Nic Craith is Professor of Cultural Heritage and Anthropology at the Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot- Watt University, UK.

About the Series

Critical Heritages of Europe

The Critical Heritages of Europe series seeks to explore the cultural and social politics of the European past in the present. Bridging theoretical and empirical research, the series accommodates broad understandings of Europe – a shifting and historically mutable entity, made both of internal tensions and exogenous encounters, re-imaginings and influences. ‘Heritage’ too is taken as an expansive paradigm, made in myriad practices where the past is valorised for the present, from folk traditions to museums and memorials, the management of historic sites and traditions, and everyday matters such as education, political discourse, home life, food consumption and people’s relations with place.

Books in the series engage with European heritages in critical times – in all senses – when Europe and mobilizations of its heritages and memories are called upon to solve problems, and when contests over the meanings of the past are part of wider social and political relations and tensions. Heritage practices are variously informed by civil and uncivil visions, the politics of difference and co-presence, difficult pasts, relations with the ‘outside’, borders, margins, and migrations. Critical questions include:

  • What is the European past made to do in the present and for the future?
  • What counts as European heritage? To whom, and why?
  • How and why do relationships with, and attitudes to, the past inform identity positions, social orders and moral values in, or in relation to, Europe?
  • When and where in the (wider) world do European heritages configure identities?
  • What are the contemporary meanings and effects of global encounters, mobilities and trajectories in which Europe has played roles?
  • What theoretical and critical perspectives can be articulated to contribute new understandings of European heritages? How might these be made relevant for current and future heritage practice?
  • What are the relations between theory, criticality, ethics and heritage practice in the European dimension?

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Social History
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Customs & Traditions
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture