Grassroots Festivals, IPM Research Seminar, 29th October 3-5pm

You are invited to the launch of the special issue and to help contribute to ongoing discussions around the role of festivals in our cities, towns and villages.

We define grassroots festivals as those that originate from within a community and are place-based. They are embedded in place and delivered by and for the communities in which they take place. Grassroot festivals do not have to be based in traditions long since forgotten, or be, what is often termed a “fringe-festival” set up in resistance to a mainstream festival event – they might be these, but they are not limited to these typologies. 

During this seminar, you will hear from place-based festivals, academics and place managers. We hope that the afternoon will be of interest to a wide audience of IPM members who share our enthusiasm for the value of arts and culture in communities.

Special issue editors Louise Platt and Jane Ali-Knight, will kick off proceedings by giving an overview of the grassroots festivals special issue. Following their introduction you will hear from a number of practitioners and academics in the field of grassroots festivals including:

Dr. Anna De Jong - University of Surrey - “Food Tourism and Events as Tools for Social Sustainability”

Mandy Martinez – Artistic Director of Barnaby Arts, Macclesfield

Tea, coffee and cake will be served throughout the seminar in celebration of this special issue launch. As usual, we will continue the networking and debate at the Salutation pub.

You can read the full special issue now, all JPMD articles are free to access for IPM members

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