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Title: Tensions and disputes over public space in festival cities: insights from Barcelona and Edinburgh
Author: McGillivray, David
Colombo, Alba  
Villanueva Capella, Xavier
Others: University of the West of Scotland
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Estudis d'Arts i Humanitats
Citation: McGillivray, D., Colombo Vilarrasa, A. & Villanueva, X. (2022). Tensions and disputes over public space in festival cities: insights from Barcelona and Edinburgh. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, null(null), 1-13. doi: 10.1080/19407963.2022.2032109
Abstract: Festivals and events are important to cities, residents, cultural workers, and visitors, growing over time to have an inseparable relationship with the places that host them. In this article, we are concerned with the way outdoor urban public spaces in two self-identified Festival Cities are used to host festivals and events, including the tensions and disputes generated. Methodologically, we draw on in-depth case studies of the use of public space for festivals and events in Edinburgh (Scotland) and Barcelona (Spain). We found that both cities have experienced similar problems, with evidence of tensions and disputes over who can make use of public space to celebrate their festivities and with implications for access to those spaces for others. Open public space traditionally used for popular festivities is increasingly brought under the gaze of planning and management to maximise external reputational benefits over local citizen interests.
Keywords: public space
festivals and events
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Issue Date: 5-Feb-2022
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