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FESTudy - En undersøkelse av europeiske festivaler

Norske festivaler har deltatt i det internasjonale forskningsprosjektet og den komparative studien Festudy sammen med våre europeiske søsterorganisasjoner - som resulterte i publisering av boken "Music Festivals a Changing World. An International Comparison". 

Forskningsprosjektet ble utført under ledelse av Lluís Bonet, professor ved Universitat de Barcelona, Emmanuel Négrier, direktør for Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique i Frankrike, og Michel Guérin, direktør for Observatory of Cultural Policies of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. Jorid Vaagland ved Høgskolen i Lillehammer har vært den norske representanten i forskerteamet. Du kan lese mer om Festudy her og her.

About the publication "Music Festivals a Changing World. An International Comparison":

Despite a few long-standing pioneers, the festival is still a new idea in Europe. Its diversity (in terms of style, scope, public funding or cultural reach) has long been an obstacle to comparative analysis.

This work presents the first study undertaken using a single, unique method on a sample of nine national festivals (eight European countries and Quebec), which was subsequently extended to events from six other countries.

The comparison focuses on a total of 390 music festivals, representing a wide variety of genres, musical styles, scope and seasonal programmes. All major aspects are explored, from the purpose of the festivals to human resources and business models adopted.

The first part reviews this analytical journey through the world of festivals. The second part contains several chapters on different countries, enabling the impact of the cultural, economic and political setting in which these events are created and developed to be measured. Whereas artists themselves have long since gone beyond national borders, this twofold international comparison allows the differences between country-specific models to be transcended.

This book, which is also published in English, follows on from Michel de Maule’s two earlier publications: Les nouveaux territoires des festivals (2007) and Les Publics des festivals (2010).

Date of publication: November 2013

Language: French and English translation

Number of pages: approximately 300