Festival cities - culture planning and urban life

Gold, John Robert and Gold, Margaret (2020) Festival cities - culture planning and urban life. Planning History and environemnt . Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415486552 (hbk); 9780415486569 (pbk); 9781003130802 (ebk)

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Festivals have always been part of city life, but their relationship with their host cities has continually changed. With the rise of industrialization, they were largely considered peripheral to the course of urban affairs. Now they have become central to new ways of thinking about the challenges of economic and social change, as well as repositioning cities within competitive global networks. In this timely and thought-provoking book, John and Margaret Gold provide a reflective and evidence-based historical survey of the processes and actors involved, charting the ways that regular festivals have now become embedded in urban life and city planning.

Beginning with David Garrick’s rain-drenched Shakespearean Jubilee and ending with Sydney’s flamboyant Mardi Gras celebrations, it encompasses the emergence and consolidation of city festivals. After a contextual historical survey that stretches from Antiquity to the late nineteenth century, there are detailed case studies of pioneering European arts festivals in their urban context: Venice’s Biennale, the Salzburg Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and Edinburgh’s International Festival. Ensuing chapters deal with the worldwide proliferation of arts festivals after 1950 and with the ever-increasing diversifycation of carnival celebrations, particularly through the actions of groups seeking to assert their identity. The conclusion draws together the book’s key themes and sketches the future prospects for festival cities.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: ancient and modern cities; festivals; biennales; Salzburg; Cannes; Edinburgh; urban studies; city planning
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 710 Civic & landscape art
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Margaret Gold
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 13:55
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2021 01:58
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/6066


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