This book celebrates and builds on Alan Clarke (1956–2021) and Allan Jepson’s 2015 book Exploring Community Festivals and Events. It showcases how far the study of community festivals and events has come in the intervening years, and in so doing it is a response to recent calls for researchers to take a more critical approach to event studies.

This is an interdisciplinary book that draws together empirical research across a wide range of community event types, sizes and within diverse communities. Chapters in this book are grouped into four themes that highlight the breadth and depth of work being done: reviving and maintaining tradition(s); a focus on belonging; challenges and tensions; and innovations in teaching and research. Another of its core strengths is its international perspective – the book encompasses research from around the world including Turkey, Portugal, Greece, India, the UK, the US, Austria and New Zealand. There is also a diverse range of theoretical lenses applied to the study of community events, and some innovative methodologies used to achieve research aims and objectives.

This volume will appeal to students and researchers in the fields of critical event studies, cultural studies, place-making, tourism, music, sociology and geography. Several chapters also provide insights and key learnings for those lecturing and working in event management and industry professionals.

part I|63 pages

Reviving and maintaining tradition(s)

chapter 2|24 pages

Small-scale community-led carnival festivals on a mission

Reviving local heritage and community benefits

chapter 3|18 pages

Beyond the Band and Game

The sociocultural impact of a Historically Black College and University homecoming experience

part II|47 pages

A focus for belonging

chapter 5|24 pages

Formation and sustaining of neo-tribes

Anchoring place and event

chapter 6|21 pages

Let's put up a stage

Experiencing Speyfest, a Celtic music festival in Scotland

part III|37 pages

Challenges and tensions

chapter 7|16 pages

Putting the “multi” in multicultural

Challenges in representing diversity through community festivals and events

chapter 8|19 pages

“Sounds a bit poncy for me”

Understanding elitism within a community arts festival

part IV|65 pages

Innovation in teaching and research

chapter 10|21 pages

Becoming, being… belonging?

Using collaborative autoethnography to explore community events and festivals

chapter 11|18 pages

Teaching community events, power and empowerment to final year Event Management students

Pedagogical considerations and reflections