1st Edition

Managing Cultural Festivals Tradition and Innovation in Europe

Edited By Elisa Salvador, Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen Copyright 2022
    318 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    318 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims at renewing the attention on a niche field, Cultural Festivals, so important for valorizing cultural traditions and local heritage visibility as well as social well-being. Following the disruptive consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, this fragile sector deserves more attention from public authorities and stakeholders at national and European levels with a suitable and dedicated plan of recovery and valorization.

    This book provides a comparative analysis of Cultural Festivals in Europe, taking insights from an international range of high-level scholarly contributors. Individual chapters highlight and analyse challenges around the organisation, management and economics of Cultural Festivals. As a whole, the book provides a comprehensive overview of scholarly research in this area, setting the scene for the future research agenda. Matters related to educational programs and new audience development, as well as challenges related to digitalization, are also included.

    The book employs a tradition versus innovation lens to help readers account for the consequences of the digital revolution, new audience development and an educational agenda. The result is a book which will be valuable reading for researchers, academics and students in the fields of event and cultural management and beyond.

    Chapters 4 and 9 of this book are available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. They have been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    Foreword: Cultural festivals - Quos Vadis in research and practice

    Marianna Sigala

    Introduction: Managing Cultural Festivals: context, challenges and new avenues of research

    Elisa Salvador and Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen

    Section 1: Cultural Festivals Organization and Management: between Tradition and Innovation 

    1. The tradition of being innovative: the case of the Venice Biennale and its Venice International Film Festival

    Viktoriya Pisotska, Kerem Gurses and Luca Giustiniano 

    2. Food Events and the Temporality of Innovation

    Iben Sandal Stjerne and Silviya Svejenova 

    3. From Festa to Festival: UNESCO Heritage and the (Invented) Tradition of a Cultural Festival

    Carmelo Mazza and Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen 

    4. Innovation in early music festivals: domains, strategies and outcomes

    Elena Castro-Martínez Elena, Albert Recasens and Ignacio Fernández-de-Lucio

    Section 2: Challenges of Cultural Festivals in the Digital Age 

    5. A classical music Festival and its audience: The Case of MITO Settembre Musica

    Giovanna Segre, Andrea Morelli and Caterina Valenti

    6. Ferrara Buskers Festival (1998-2001): Design, Emerging Meanings and Sense Making

    Luca Zan and Giovanni Masino 

    7. Becoming a symbol and losing control: The Gothenburg Book Fair and the alt-right debate

    Josef Pallas and Elena Raviola 

    8. Music Festivals and Educational Concerts in Spain: A Landscape between Tradition and Innovation

    Ana Maria Botella-Nicolas, Rosa Isusi-Fagoaga and Elena Castro-Martinez

    Section 3: Value and Impacts of Cultural Festivals at local and regional level 

    9. (The Economics of) Cultural Festivals in the Digital Age: An analysis of the comics publishing industry

    Elisa Salvador, Elena Castro-Martinez and Pierre-Jean Benghozi 

    10. Beyond economic impact: the cultural and social effects of arts festivals

    María Devesa and Ana Roitvan 

    11. Cultural value of a Festival: quality evaluator for assessing impact

    Arjo Klamer, Ludmilla Petrova, and Dorottya Eva Kiss 

    12. Cultural Events and Japanese Pop Culture in Europe: The case of the Japan Expo in France

    Norio Tajima, Keiko Kawamata, Shoetsuro Nakagawa and Toshihiko Miura 

    13. Facts about music festivals: what we know and what we would like to know

    Jean-Paul Simon


    Elisa Salvador is Professor (PhD, HDR) of Innovation and Creativity at ESSCA School of Management, France.

    Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen is Professor of Organization Studies at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

    "Cultural festivals are a very important sector and contributes strongly to the vitality of cities. This book offers an interesting overview of European festivals and its richness, but also the challenges facing the sector. In addition, it develops a detailed tool to measure their cultural impact, a tool that can be used in other cultural sectors. I recommend this reading to anyone with an interest in festivals or readers who would like to know more about how to measure the cultural impact." François Colbert, Holder of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management, HEC Montréal, Canada

    "This book provides an excellent resource for those interested in delving into research on cultural festivals. As the editors point out, cultural festivals are vital showcases of local culture and tradition that link to community and societal wellbeing, and as such, they merit deeper investigation. However, changes in technology and the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic have both hit traditional cultural festivals hard, resulting in a need to innovate and change to keep up with the times. This book also addresses challenges faced by cultural festivals regarding their socio-economic impacts and the future relevance of such festivals. The strength of this book is that it provides a great collection of chapters drawn from across Europe focusing on a wide range of cultural festival types (from film festivals to pop culture festivals and from book fairs to music festivals). Highly recommended reading for all festival scholars." Judith Mair, Associate Professor and Discipline Leader of the Tourism Discipline Group at the UQ Business School, University of Queensland, Australia