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EURO-FESTIVAL - Art festivals and the European public culture


EURO-FESTIVAL contributes to the comparative cultural sociology of contemporary European society. The aim of the research is to examine the role of festivals as sites of transnational identifications and democratic debate.

Analytically, the project objectives are to:

  • explore how festivals use aesthetic forms to symbolize, represent and communicate social and political life (European, national, sub-national) from the perspective of different actors, including programme directors, funding promoters, performing artists and the audience;

  • study the way in which festivals frame the discourse of identity in relation to arts with particular attention to the local/European and local/global interfaces as well as the conundrum of difference (diversity) and similarity;

  • analyze how festivals represent sites of competition for access to resources, status and power and how this competition impacts on debates about representation, openness and the public sphere.
Proposal: 215747
Funding scheme: Collaborative project (small and medium scale focused research project)
Activity Activity 5 - The citizen in the European Union
Research area: Diversities and commonalities in Europe
Topic: Creativity, culture and democracy
Estimated EC contribution: 993 990
Starting date: 01.01.2008
Duration: 36 months
Title: Art festivals and the European public culture
Keywords: -
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Coordinator: The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR)
AT - Vienna
Partners' List:
  • University of Sussex
    Department of Sociology
    Gerard DELANTY
    UK Brighton
  • Fondazione di Ricerca
    Istituto Carlo Cattaneo
    Giancarlo GASPERONI
    IT Bologna
EC Scientific Officer: DG RTD.B
Contact: Monica MENAPACE
Report: European Arts Festivals: Strengthening cultural diversity ( 1.57MB)
2011, EUR 24749, ISBN 978-92-79-19569-3, doi 10.2777/48715, 72 pages