sport, cultural events and festivals

Sport, cultural events and festivals

This theme includes:

  • studies of leverage and legacy;
  • mega sport events and human rights;
  • event bidding;
  • events and urban development 

Centre staff have extensive expertise in sporting and cultural events and festivals. Our work ranges from policy and practice to the impact and evaluation of mega, major and local events on societyWe are interested in the social, cultural and economic impact and evaluation of events and festivals. We have conducted research evaluation and impact on London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Glasgow 2014 Cultural Festival Programme, Glasgow 2014 Commonweatlh Games, Toronto, Parapan Games, 2015, Rio Olympics 2016 and many other national and local sporting and cultural events. The centre will continue to bid for tendered commissions and research grants in these areas, working with a range of international partners. Presently, we are working with colleagues in Canada, USA, Australia, Germany and Poland. One of our staff is acting as an expert advisor to the OECD draft recommendation on Global Events and Local Development and is a member of the European Cultural Parliament. 

Our most recent projects in this thematic area include: major UK-Canada research on Leveraging Parasport Events for Sustainable Community Participation (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for Canada); EventsRights, exploring the impact of major sporting events on human rights (European Commission); and FESTSPACE, exploring the role of festivals and events in the production of inclusive public space in Europe (Humanities in the European Area).

Blogs on this theme:

Festivals, Events & the COVID-19 Pandemic

CCSE Deputy Director Professor David McGillivray has recently published the following blog post as part of the FESTSPACE project he leads discussing the impact and implications of COVID-19 on the festivals, events and public spaces that project is investigating. This...

Soundings, One Month in: Leading and Learning during Lock Down at Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL)

March 16th 2020 was my own Covid-19 watershed. I started the day at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. I was speaking about GWL and our work with legendary feminist artist Linder; the audience had seemed marginally depleted, there was nervous laughter as the mic was passed...

RSSE Graduation 19/20 & Community Sports Hubs (CSH) VS COVID19

This week, Active Schools Coordinators Tammy Johnston and David Rose reflect on the ways in which the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted on their work and, on the experiences of the young people they work with. Active Schools is a government initative funded by...

Invisible Threads

German philosopher and cultural critic Fredrich Nietzsche once said “invisible threads are the strongest ties”. As well as being reminiscent of Paisley’s very own Sma Shot, there is the undeniable truth that the invisible threads Nietzsche refers to are what binds our...

FESTSPACE on Dublin City FM

Professor David McGillivray spoke on Dublin City FM about the HERA funded FESTSPACE project launch. FESTSPACE is a HERA-funded project which focuses on how festivals and events enable or restrict access to, and use of, public spaces, including the extent to which they...

Commemorative Events and the COVID-19 Pandemic

FESTSPACE Co-Investigator, Dr Bernadette Quinn, recently published this article on the FESTSPACE webpage; it reappears here by kind permission. Being able to use public space is something we routinely take for granted. However, in recent months governments have...

FESTSPACE symposium: showcase film

This week's blog focuses on a showcase of a symposium we held in June, the film of the HERA-funded FESTSPACE project launch at University of the West of Scotland in June 2019. You can read more about FESTSPACE on the project website http://festspace.net/.

Edinburgh, A View from the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe not taking place for the first time in its 73 year history was a huge professional and personal blow to the thousands of individuals and organisations who make up the festival.  The Fringe Society, the charity that underpins the...

CCSI 2020: 7th biennial International Symposium on Cross-Sector Social Interactions

After our own recent experience of hosting a virtual conference, CCSE Director - Prof Gayle McPherson - spoke this week at the 7th biennial International Symposium on Cross -Sector Social Interactions. As the restrictions on co-presence and travel remain in place for...