Whether through education, sport or festivity, events form the basis on which we attribute cultural meaning, significance and value to our lives. In this light, community events have the potential to create positive and negative social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts within the community across a wide variety of genres and platforms.
This book offers a deeper and more critical insight into the relationships, dynamics and planning processes of festivals and events and the impact this has upon authenticity, cultural consumption and the local communities they serve. It does so by looking at a range of key debates in power theory, event planning and design, event construction, experience and meaning, authenticity, sustainability, social inclusion, accessibility and sponsorship engagement. International case studies are embedded within the chapters, examining the role of stakeholders, local communities, organisers, local governments and infrastructure.
This critical event studies text is interdisciplinary and will make valuable reading for students and researchers who are interested in the relationships and dynamics involved in the construction and planning of festivals and events, their immediate impact and their significance for the future.
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1. Introducing Power, Meaning and Authenticity
Allan Jepson, and Alan Clarke
2. A Q-study of Organisers’ Perspectives on Factors of Festival Success in Crete
Dimitrios P. Stergiou, Eirini Pehlivanidou, and David Airey
3. "I don’t think they give a monkey’s about me"; Exploring stakeholder power and community alienation at Glastonbury Festival
Zoe White, and Raphaela Stadler
4. Event evolution and the planning process; the case of the Finnish Housing Fair
5. The sporting and heritage festival of Landsmót in Iceland: Identity expressions and performances of nation, gender and rurality
Susanna Heldt Cassel
6.Personal networks in festival, event and creative communities: perceptions, connections and collaborations
7. Innovation in rural festivals. Are festival managers disempowered?
Grzegorz Kwiatkowski and Anne-Mette Hjalager
8. The effects of Supply Chain Management (SCM) activities and their impact upon festival management and the customer experience
W. Gerard Ryan and Stephen Kelly
9. The Importance of the Stakeholder Relationship for the Success of an Event; The Case of Montreal
Mohamed Reda Khomsi
10.‘Power wrestling’: the life and [untimely] death of the Real Food Festival
11. Religion and Politics – Event, Authenticity and Meaning: A dialogical approach
Ruth Dowson & Ian Lamond,
12. Commemoration, Celebration, And Commercialisation; Akaroa’s French Festival
Joanna Fountain and Michael Mackay
13. Managing community stakeholders in rural areas: Assessing the organisation of local sports events in Gorski kotar, Croatia
Jelena Ðurkin and Nicholas Wise
14. Concluding Remarks on Power Authenticity and Meaning
Alan Clarke and Allan Jepson