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Dublin City: Supporting social and cultural inclusion through festivals and events

In recent decades Dublin has become increasingly culturally diverse and is now home to more people of non-Irish origin than anywhere else in the state. The city has undergone significant transformations, driven largely by ‘technological advance, demographic shifts, and by new forms of social participation and expression’ (Dublin City Council, 2016: 5). Through a series […]

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Glasgow: an eventful city?

Since the 1990s, events and festivals in Glasgow have strategically been used to renew the image of the city, in the context of a post-industrial strategy focused on urban revitalisation. However, the role granted to festivals in the city has varied according to the date, type of acts and organizers, from one-off major sporting and […]

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Updates from Göteborg (Gothenburg)

In the Gothenburg project, PI Kristina Lindström has her primary focus on public space governance and how events are used as a strategic tool to fulfill societal goals of a more inclusive city. Gothenburg has a long history as a “city of events” and, as a consequence, extensive areas in the city centre are designed […]

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Updates from London

The FESTSPACE’s London team consists of Dr Andrew Smith, Professor Guy Osborn and Dr Goran Vodicka from University of Westminster. The main focus of their work is a year long in depth study of Finsbury Park, which is situated in one of the most ethnically and socio-economically diverse areas in the UK. After gaining ethics […]

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FESTSPACE researcher comments on using festivals to restore life to public spaces

FESTSPACE’s Dr Bernadette Quinn comments on the importance of festivals and events in creating lively, engaging and accessible public spaces. cross-posted from RTE How to make public space engaging? Think festivals! With cycling campaigns and ‘#streets are for people’ hastags becoming more prevalent, public awareness and interest in the nature of public space, in who […]

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FESTSPACE team attend HERA conference

The FESTSPACE research team descended en-masse to the beautiful city of Gdańsk, Poland, this week to participate in the Humanities in the Europan Area (HERA) conference titled “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe”, held at the iconic European Solidarity Centre. Led by Project Lead, Professor David McGillivray, the team took up the opportunity to […]

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Press Release: UWS researchers win funding to explore the cultural impact of festivals and events

Researchers from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have been awarded £543,717 (€627,954) funding from Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) to study the cultural impact of festivals and events held in public spaces.   The University of the West of Scotland will lead the project, which will also involve leading academics from University of […]

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