ABSTRACT

This chapter highlights that there are ways to prevent or reconfigure events that are staged in public spaces. The potential exists for regulation and resistance to address, or at least soften, the problematic effects of some events. To stage events in public spaces, organisers usually require a license and this procedure provides an obvious opportunity to regulate events. Kensington Gardens is a Royal Park located next to Hyde Park in central London. Perhaps unsurprisingly, alongside legacy considerations, economic and promotional justifications featured prominently in the event organiser's planning application. The organisers felt their event was one that would result in the 'fulfilment of an integral part of the Olympic/Paralympic Games legacy'. The chapter also highlights the challenges faced by movements seeking to oppose event projects: these include the way event opponents are dismissed as 'kill joys' or 'party poopers'. It emphasises that opportunities to resist events exist during events as well as in the pre-event period.