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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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Research during COVID-19

Creative Methodological Readaptations from Barcelona FestSpace team A webinar, organised by HERA (May 25th, 2021), was designed to discuss field research challenges in pandemic time and to explore new digital worlds in research activities. Representatives of 5 different projects (Healthcare as Public Space, Food2Gather, Public Space in European Social Housing, Intoxicating Spaces and FestSpace)  from […]

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New Festspace paper on staging events in urban public spaces

The Festspace research team have published a new paper in the International Journal of Events and Festival Management which helps to provide a conceptual basis for their work on festivals, events and public spaces. Andrew Smith and Goran Vodicka from the London based team took the lead on this paper, which was inspired by their […]

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Events are back – but so are the vehicles that accompany them

After a long winter with no organised events, the easing of England’s lockdown restrictions on April 12th meant the return of some events to public spaces. It was perhaps telling that, as soon as it was allowed, fun fairs were installed in both of the London #festspace case study spaces: Finsbury Park and Blackheath. A […]

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Tourists and locals sharing public space: how festival practice can inform better policy

In a globally competitive world, branding destinations using culture, diversity and creativity is an important policy strategy for city governments everywhere. Dublin is an example of a capital city that has been using festivals & events to boost its global reputation, trying to turn itself an ‘eventful city’ (Richards, 2010). Branding often highlights cultural festivals […]

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Festspace International Symposium in Barcelona goes online

The social reaction of an empty city in full swing Last February 10th, the Festspace International Symposium in Barcelona was held online under the title “Spaces and crowds without festivals”. As well as other events and festivals during the pandemic, academic events have also to adapt to the restrictions imposed by governmental health and safety […]

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Barcelona adapts its cultural celebrations

Nit de Reis and la Mercè as examples of avoiding cancellation through adaptation to pandemic times Barcelona has large and diverse annual culture events, which are complex to classify as are events constantly changing in order to adapt to needs and environment. This text will look at some similarities shown by a specific type of […]

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