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Festivals, Public Space & Inclusion in the post (?) pandemic city, Festspace final conference 10th, March 2022

The Festspace project is ongoing, having been granted an extension because of the extenuating circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it had its final conference on March 10th 2022. Links to recordings of the conference on the Festspace Youtube channel are listed throughout this blog. Since this project began in 2019, the Festspace team […]

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FestSpace Film

Written by Xavier Villanueva, Barcelona FestSpace team researcher. Barcelona’s FestSpace team has produced a short video to bring together the objectives of the research and to summarise its key outcomes. It includes the perspective of the five cities participating via the contributions of the principal investigators of the project, members of their teams and some […]

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CALL FOR PAPERS: The multifaceted relationship between festivals, events and public space

FestSpace Barcelona team headed by Julie Wilson and coordinated as chairs by Alba Colombo and Bernadette Quinn,  coordinates the session The Multifaceted Relationship between Festivals Events & Public Space at the  IGU Paris 2022 Centennial Congress (https://www.ugiparis2022.org/).  The call for abstracts is now open! Research has highlighted the critical and multifaceted role of festivals held […]

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Silent Choirs: space, body and identity.

A Cors Muts focused research has been presented at the City, Public Space & Body Conference Goldsmiths University. On December 15, The FestSpace Barcelona team presented the paper “Silent Choirs: space, body and identity“ at the City, Public Space & Body Conference hosted by the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths University.  The festival […]

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Digitally enhanced events in Dublin: Lighting up a future post-pandemic?

Background Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, Ireland has had a very strict regime of national public health guidelines around social distancing and the prohibition / curtailment of gatherings of all kinds in private and public spaces. In consequence, festivals and events were absent from the physical public sphere for most […]

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Mercè myth and its democratic ressignification

Barcelona Festspace team presents a content analysis of the Mercè opening speeches Written by Xavier Villanueva, Barcelona FestSpace team researcher. Last September 22nd Festspace team was invited by the Institute of Culture of Barcelona (ICUB) to present a content analysis of the opening speeches from the Mercé (1975-2020) in the Casa dels Entremesos, a public […]

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Music festivals are back in London’s parks. But has anything changed?

Following the removal of coronavirus restrictions, music festivals have returned to London’s parks. Several events were strategically shifted to late August or September to increase the chances they could go ahead and now Londoners are basking in late summer sunshine whilst enjoying a belated festival season. Some of London’s biggest festivals including All Points East, […]

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FanZones in the park: politics, economics & public health

After more than a year of cancelled or postponed events across the UK (and further afield), there are finally some positive signs for the sector as the pandemic restrictions slowly ease. The event sector is seeing green shots of recovery with new guidance governing the return of festivity in a manner that protects public health […]

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