Most early social research into planned events had the effect of broadcasting narratives of dominant cultures and privileged groups. More recently, however, convergences of gender, sexualities, ethnicities, age, class, religion, and intersectional analyses and events studies have started to drive new critical understanding of the impacts of events on non-mainstream, non-majority communities around the globe. This timely book addresses current gaps in the literature surrounding issues of accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in various event landscapes.

Structured into four parts covering the main types of events, the chapters present original topics using innovative methodological approaches. Each chapter employs a case study to illustrate the key intertwining issues in these various experiential realms. Further, the chapters are all cross- or interdisciplinary, drawing on gender, sexualities, cultural, race/ethnicity studies as well as multiple literatures that feed into critical events studies and exploring a variety of global examples.

This significant book opens the path to further research on the role and importance of accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in events environments worldwide. It will be of interest to academics and researchers of critical event studies as well as a number of related social science disciplines.

chapter |6 pages


part I|2 pages

Festivals and fairs

chapter 1|12 pages

Addressing community diversity

9The role of the festival encounter

chapter 2|12 pages

Inclusion of people with reduced mobility in festivals

Perceptions and challenges at the Guelaguetza Festival, Mexico

chapter 3|15 pages

Do-it-yourself or going professionally?

On the different potentials of community inclusion through gendered festivals in the post-Yugoslav space

chapter 4|17 pages

Appleby Fair for all

chapter 5|14 pages

Agricultural shows

The challenge of accessibility

part II|2 pages

Cultural and political events

chapter 6|12 pages

“House and techno broke them barriers down”

81Exploring exclusion through diversity in Berlin’s electronic dance music nightclubs

chapter 7|14 pages

Occupying unapologetically

Friday Late: gal-dem – radical trust and co-production at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

chapter 8|15 pages

In our own words

Organising and experiencing exhibitions as Black women and women of colour in Scotland

chapter 9|12 pages

Outside the comfort zone

Intercultural events in suspicious times

chapter 10|16 pages

Performing advocacy

chapter 11|15 pages

Conceptualising events of dissent

Understanding the Lava Jato rally in São Paulo, 5 December 2016

part III|2 pages

Sporting events

chapter 13|16 pages

Volunteering and wellbeing

Case study of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games volunteer programmes

part IV|2 pages


chapter 15|9 pages

Measuring accessibility in MICE venues

209The case of the Euskalduna Conference Centre (Bilbao, Spain)

chapter 16|12 pages

Academics in two places at once

(Not) managing caring responsibilities at conferences