There has been a massive growth of research relating to festivals and events over recent years. Much of this has been precipitated by, or has at least resonated with, a policy discourse that presents festivals and events as ‘good’ socio-culturally and economically.  There has also been an explosion of university courses. Events management programmes (including specialist provision concerned with the arts, culture or sport, for example) now proliferate internationally. Moreover, modules on festivals and events have become a common feature of tourism and related courses. The assortment of recent research has drawn on a variety of disciplines and fields of study, such as sociology, economics, management, education, public policy, tourism, sport and leisure studies, planning, and environmental studies.

This conference will take stock and to add insight by enabling connections to be made between different aspects of the currently rather fragmented festivals and events research landscape. By bringing together the researchers from across the world, the event will encourage the creation of new research partnerships. 

Conference features:
  • Encompasses theory, policy and practice
  • Opportunity for London 2012 site visit
  • High quality keynote speakers
  • Access to publication in conference book
  • Prizes for outstanding policy and practice papers
  • PhD track with prize
  • Comprehensive social and networking programme
Papers are now invited for this international conference. The conference will consider, but not be limited to, the following indicative themes:
  • Responsible and/or or sustainable events
  • Events in the context of social, cultural and economic policy
  • Tourism and events
  • Festivals growth
  • Events and festivals education
  • Festivals and cultural exchange
  • Skills and knowledge transfer
  • The cultural industries
  • Events management and planning
  • Marketing
  • Business Events (MICE) and economic development
  • Legacies
Dates for your diary
Deadline for abstracts: 8th January 2010

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Deadline for papers to be included in the proceedings: 28th May 2010
  Academic Keynote Speakers
Already confirmed
Beyond economics: Managing the wider impacts of events and festivals
Dr Calvin Jones
Cardiff University, UK
How sponsorship works to benefit events, venues, and sponsors
Professor Kirk Wakefield
Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Texas, USA
Arts festivals and European public culture
Dr Monica Sassatelli
University of Sussex, UK
Policy and Practice Keynote Speakers
Already confirmed
Major events and tourism
Alain Dupeyras
Head of Tourism, OECD, Paris

BS8901 and sustainable events

Anne Hayes

Head of Market Development - Sustainability and Risk

BSI – British standards

Managing festival growth
Professor Paul Gudgin
Former Director of Festival Fringe Edinburgh and Visiting Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University
Speakers from London 2012 and South African World Cup
Track chairs
Already confirmed
Dr Charles Arcodia, University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Franco Bianchini, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Guy Masterman, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Dr Eleni Theodoraki, Napier University, UK
Dr Emma Wood, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Professor Honggang Xu, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Chairs of Organising Committee                    Chair of Academic Programme
Leila Jancovich and Bernadette Saltibus               Professor Rhodri Thomas
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