Festivalisation of Cultural Production
The growth in arts festivals that has taken place since the 1990 has changed the structure of the cultural market place. Based on interviews and discussions with festival directors and arts producers, participant observation as a producer and audience member, primarily in the UK, together with examples from the literature, this paper explores the question of whether festival aesthetics and the particularities of festival production and exhibition are changing the nature of the work that is being produced in response to festivalisation. It identifies a number of dimensions of the festival experience, commissioning, spectacularisation, thematic programming, immersion and participation, that are increasingly prevalent in the performing and visual arts being produced for non-festival settings. This festivalisation of culture poses new challenges and offers different opportunities to artists, producers and audiences to make innovative kinds of work that wouldn’t have been possible within the hitherto standard production models.
Citation : Jordan, J. (2015) Festivalisation of Cultural Production. ENCACT, ed. In: The Ecology of Culture: Community Engagement, Co-creation, Cross Fertilization, Conference Proceedings of the 6th Annual ENCACT Research Session, 21-23 October 2015, ENCACT, pp. 244-255
ISBN : 978-92-990036-2-6
Research Group : Media Discourse Group
Research Institute : Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)
- Leicester Media School