Conversations: Festivals and Civic Pride

Anne’s research centres around festivals and what makes them special for audiences, for musicians and for the spaces they inhabit.

In the context of a discussion around the connection between festivals and places (specifically, places in Europe), we got into a conversation about what festivals mean for people – but also what people (and particularly political people) use them to mean.

What do you think about the connection between festivals and places. Are they reducible to tourism and local identity, is there some greater meaning – or even transcendence to be found within, or is the fact that it’s more complicated than that the thing that is interesting here?

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