The role of festivals and events in creating community cohesion

A/Prof. Michelle Duffy, Dr Judith Mair (Uni. of Queensland), Prof. Gordon Waitt (Uni. of Wollongong)

In this body of work on festivals we have explored the role of festivals and events may have in creating stronger communities in rural and per-urban regions in Australia. This has included examination of how change and transition impacts upon notions of community and belonging. Our current work seeks to devise a standardised tool for assessing and measuring the contribution of festivals and events to community wellbeing in rural and regional Australia.


Indicative publications/ presentations:

Duffy, M, Mair, J (2018) Festival Encounters: Theoretical perspectives on festival events and social cohesion Routledge Advances in Events Research Book Series

Mair, J, Duffy, M (2015) LGAQ Workshop: Understanding and measuring the positive community outcomes of events and festivals, prepared for the Local Government Association of Queensland, University of Queensland

Duffy, M (2014) The emotional ecologies of festivals, in A Bennett, I Woodward, J Taylor (eds) Festivalisation of Culture: Identity, Culture and Politics Farnham: Ashgate; pp. 229-250

Mair, J, Duffy, M (2014) Social cohesion and local festivals Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events special issue, Social Justice & Events-related Policy 7(3): 282-298

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.