Publications & Reviews

Festivals and the City The Contested Geographies of Urban Events

Festivals and the CityFestivals and the CitySmith, A., Osborn, G. and Quinn, B., 2022. Festivals and the City: The Contested Geographies of Urban Events. London: University of Westminster Press.

This book by Andrew Smith, Guy Osborn and Bernadette Quinn (eds.) explores how festivals and events affect urban places and public spaces, with a particular focus on their role in fostering inclusion. It includes case studies from key Western European festival cities, such as Venice, Edinburgh, London and Barcelona, and examines related social and cultural pressures and concerns over the commercialisation and privatisation of public spaces. The book's key themes are the quest for more inclusive urban spaces and the contested geographies of festival spaces and places. The authors also address more general themes including the role of festivals in culture-led regeneration, economic development and place marketing. The book is published by University of Westminster Press, a not-for-profit, diamond open access publisher.

Read more