Music Festivals and Regional Development in Australia

Music Festivals and Regional Development in Australia

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Throughout the world, the number of festivals has grown exponentially in the last two decades, as people celebrate local and regional cultures, but perhaps more importantly as local councils and other groups seek to use festivals both to promote tourism and to stimulate rural development. However, most studies of festivals have tended to focus almost exclusively on the cultural and symbolic aspects, or on narrow modelling of economic multiplier impacts, rather than examining their long-term implications for rural change. This book therefore has an original focus. It is structured in two parts: the first discusses broad issues affecting music festivals globally, especially in the context of rural revitalisation. The second part looks in more detail at a range of types of festivals commonly found throughout North America, Europe and Australasia, such as country music, jazz, opera and alternative music festivals. The authors draw on in-depth research undertaken over the past five years in a range of Australian places, which traces the overall growth of festivals of various kinds, examines four of the more important and distinctive music festivals, and makes clear conclusions on their significance for rural and regional change.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 22mm | 598.74g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Includes 22 b&w illustrations
  • 0754675262
  • 9780754675266
  • 770,293

Table of contents

Contents: Preface; Part I Music Festivals: Promises and Predicaments: Introduction; The rise of music festivals: a means to regeneration?; Who goes? Audiences, fans and fanatics; What's it worth? Economic dimensions of music festivals; Whose community? Conflict and identity. Part II Music Festivals: Reinventing Regional Places: Parkes: Australia's 'Elvis town'; Creating classical country; Tamworth: Australia's country music capital: Byron Bay: from alternative origins to festival overkill?; Conclusion: music festivals and pathways to regional development; Bibliography; Index.
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Review quote

'This volume is an exemplar of what a research monograph should be, an academic masterpiece providing a turning point in an intellectual current that speaks far beyond its immediate audience. The authors should be commended for making their landmark contribution in an open, accessible, and ultimately intellectually satisfying way.' LSE Review of Books
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About Professor John Connell

Professor Chris Gibson is at the GeoQuest Research Centre, University of Wollongong, Australia and Professor John Connell is at the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Australia
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