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Cultural festivals, carnivals and special events are a prominent feature of arts and cultural activities at the local, national and international level. Through a series of international and local case studies this subject examines the cultural, economic and artistic origins of and rationales for these events in the context of a range of theoretical framings. These include the presence of invented traditions, the carnivalesque and ritual in contemporary festival practices. The role of programming, artistic direction and audiences will be explored in order to appreciate the diverse range of interests that served by such events and the social and political contexts within which they take place.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- examine the historical and cultural aspects of festivals;
- convey an appreciation of a range of local and international arts and cultural festivals;
- foster an understanding of the nature of festival artistic programming; and
- explore the economic, political and social contexts of festivals and special events.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to demonstrate research and analytical skills;
- be able to demonstrate clear spoken and written communication;
- be able to demonstrate attention to detail; and
- be able to demonstrate understanding of ethical and cultural contexts.
Last updated: 18 December 2020