Festival and tradition in contemporary Florence

Frost, Christian W. (2016) Festival and tradition in contemporary Florence. Journal of Urban Culture Studies, 3 (2). pp. 239-254. ISSN 2050-9790

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Abstract / Description

Certain sectors of the heritage and tourist industry argue that cities with art historical significance should be re-categorized as ‘museum cities’ because visitors intent on acquiring particular limited ‘consumer’ experiences outnumber the local population. Using the Feast Day of San Giovanni in Florence, Italy, as a focus this article questions this assumption. By evaluating the form of the fest day events and their relationship to the urban landscape, some of the historical conditions that have shaped the city are revealed. These conditions, understood as civic praxis, are accessible to everyone (to different degrees) and suggest Florence is anything but a museum.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Florence; architecture; festival; hermeneutics; civic praxis; tradition
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 190 Modern western philosophy
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
900 History & geography > 940 History of Europe
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Professor Christian Frost
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 14:37
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 14:40
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/6072

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