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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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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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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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GlasGLOW: Parks, commercial events and the pandemic

For the third year in a row, the Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens was the site for a commercial event, GlasGLOW, organised by the Scottish PR and event management company Itison. GlasGLOW is a sound and light extravaganza which aims, through a walk in a well-known public park in the city’s West End, to immerse attendees in […]

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The absence of events and a winter of disconnect

June, July and August 2020 will be long remembered as the summer that was starved of festivals. However, the winter months are perhaps those when the absence of organised gatherings is being felt most acutely. This season usually features a range of festivals which help people through the darkness and low temperatures of the northern […]

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Festspace at ATLAS 2020: Events and Cultural Tourism

Social responses to the global pandemic The closing session of ATLAS 2020, with a focus on Events and Cultural Tourism, was organized by the FESTSPACE project to discuss the reactions and/or social response to the pandemic in the framework of festivals and festivities. The session took place on the 22nd of October, 2020.  At this […]

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A glimpse of normality. Notes from the Covid-19 circus

Given the UK Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis you might expect an article about the COVID-19 circus to be another piece hammering the test and trace system or the confusing messaging. But this is a piece about an actual circus installed on Blackheath to coincide with the October half term holiday. It is the […]

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