Festival Places

Festival Places : Revitalising Rural Australia

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Festivals have burgeoned in rural areas, revitalising old traditions and inventing new reasons to celebrate. How do festivals contribute to tourism, community and a rural sense of belonging? What are their cultural, environmental and economic dimensions? This book answers such questions - featuring contributions from leading geographers, historians, anthropologists, tourism scholars and cultural researchers. It draws on a range of case studies: from the rustic charm of agricultural shows and family circuses to the effervescent festival of Elvis Presley impersonators in Parkes; from wildflower collecting to the cosmopolitan beats of ChillOut, Australia's largest non-metropolitan gay and lesbian festival. Festivals as diverse as youth surfing carnivals, country music musters, Aboriginal gatherings in the remote Australian outback, Scottish highland gatherings and German Christmas celebrations are united in their emphasis on community, conviviality and fun.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 148 x 208 x 20mm | 421.84g
  • Channel View Publications Ltd
  • Channel View Publications
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white halftones
  • 1845411668
  • 9781845411664
  • 633,818

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Festival Places is a rich and diverse collection of studies of the function of the cultural festival in constructing place and community in rural Australia. While deeply grounded in its individual case studies, the mix of disciplines and methodologies demonstrate the value of continually seeking new ways to perform cultural research. This is both a fascinating and an extremely useful book. Graeme Turner, University of Queensland, Australia

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About Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson is Professor in Human Geography at the University of Wollongong. John Connell is Professor of Geography at the University of Sydney. For well over a decade they have been researching and writing about music, tourism and festivals in Australia and beyond. More recently they were part of a team undertaking Australia's largest ever study of rural festivals, with 480 festivals participating in the research. Insights from that research project feature throughout this book.;

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Table of contents

Contributors Preface Section 1: Exploring rural festivals Chapter 1: The extent and significance of rural festivals - Chris Gibson, John Connell, Gordon Waitt and Jim Walmsley Chapter 2: Histories of agricultural shows and rural festivals in Australia - Kate Darian-Smith Chapter 3: Rural festivals and processes of belonging - Michelle Duffy and Gordon Waitt Section 2: Nuts and bolts: Making festivals happen Chapter 4: Local leadership and rural renewal through festival fun: the case of SnowFest - Amanda Davies Chapter 5: Economic benefits of rural festivals and questions of geographical scale: the Rusty Gromfest surf carnival - Patricia Tindall Chapter 6: Greening rural festivals: ecology, sustainability, and human-nature relations - Chris Gibson and Colleen WongSection 3: Politics and place: Culture, nature and colonialism Chapter 7: Performing culture as political strategy: the Garma Festival, Northeast Arnhem Land - Peter Phipps Chapter 8: 'Our Spirit Rises from the Ashes': Mapoon festival and History's shadow - Lisa Slater Chapter 9: Birthday parties and flower shows, musters and multiculturalism: festivals in post-war Gympie - Robert Edwards Chapter 10: On display: Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and the assembly of place - Robyn MayesSection 4: Reinventing rurality Chapter 11: Elvis in the country: transforming place in rural Australia - John Connell and Chris Gibson Chapter 12: Marketing a sustainable rural utopia: the evolution of a community festival - Matthew W. Rofe and Hilary P.M. Winchester Chapter 13: ChillOut: a festival 'out' in the country - Gordon Waitt and Andrew Gorman-MurraySection 5: Festival people Chapter 14: Bring in your washing: family circuses, festivity and rural Australia - Andrea Lemon Chapter 15: Culturing commitment: serious leisure and the folk festival experience - Robbie Begg Chapter 16: Tartans, kilts and bagpipes: cultural identity and community creation at the Bundanoon is Brigadoon Scottish festival - Brad Ruting and Jen Li Chapter 17: What is Wangaratta to jazz? The (re)creation of place, music and community at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival - Rebecca Anne Curtis

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