1st Edition

Heritage and Festivals in Europe Performing Identities

    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Foreword  1. Heritages, identities and Europe: exploring cultural forms and expressions  2. On the relationship between performance and intangible cultural heritage  3. Comparative aspects of the Song and Dance Celebration of the Baltic countries in the context of nation branding processes  4. The construction of belonging and Otherness in heritage events  5. Nostalgic festivals: the case of Cappadox  6. Events that want to become heritage: vernacularisation of ICH and the politics of culture and identity in European public rituals  7. Performing identities and communicating ICH: from local to international strategies  8. Memory, pride and politics on Parade: the Durham Miners’ Gala  9. Sound Structure as political structure in the European folk festival orchestra La Banda Europa  10. Performing Scots-European heritage, ‘For A’ That!’  11. European Capitals of Culture: discourses of Europeanness in Valletta, Plovdiv and Galway  12. Negotiating contested heritages through theatre and storytelling  13. Commemorating vanished ‘homelands’: displaced Germans and their Heimat Europa  Afterword: festival as heritage / heritage as festival


    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.