Whose Festival is it Anyway?

Whose Festival is it Anyway?

I was invited to contribute to a conference organised by The Cockburn Association titled ‘Whose Festival is it Anyway’ on Saturday 31st January. The conference featured panels exploring Edinburgh’s Festivals – past, present and future. I participated in a panel chaired by well-known broadcaster, Stephen Jardine, focused on Cultural Tourism and the Festivals: What will be the ‘new normal’? The panel discussion can be accessed on the Cockburn Association’s YouTube channel. This conference built on a large public meeting held in January 2020, City for Sale? The Commodification of Edinburgh’s Public Spaces which I also spoke at. The theme of festivals, public space and the city is the focus of a large research project, Festspace, that I lead, which is funded by the Humanities in the European Area (HERA). (more…)

GlasGLOW: Parks, Commercial Events and the Pandemic

GlasGLOW: Parks, Commercial Events and the Pandemic

This week’s reblog revisits Séverin Guillard’s reflections on the 2020 edition of GlasGLOW

For the third year in a row, the Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens was the site for a commercial event, GlasGLOW, organised by the Scottish PR and event management company Itison. GlasGLOW is a sound and light extravaganza which aims, through a walk in a well-known public park in the city’s West End, to immerse attendees in a fantasy universe. While the 2019 edition displayed successively different thematic “worlds” focused on diverse topics such as Halloween, aliens, or a Stanger Things-inspired labyrinth, the 2020 edition was focused on the singular theme of superheroes, illustrated by the event’s motto: “the power within”. (more…)