Festivals in Focus

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Published by the Budapest Cultural Observatory, distributed by CEU Press
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144 pages

The proliferation of festivals across the world has given birth to a new academic field: festival studies. Before his premature death Dragan Klaic was the greatest early authority of this discipline. Festivals in Focus contains the last essays which Klaic composed as introductory chapters for a collected volume on festivals. The four essays display the author’s sharp critical ability and raise stimulating questions about cultural festivals not just in Europe but worldwide. Klaic succinctly addresses the historical evolution of festivals, as well as their types, contents and settings.

The volume includes an introduction by Christopher Maughan and Franco Bianchini, an essay on the future of festivals by Bernard Faivre d’Acier, the long-time director of the trend-setting Festival d’Avignon, and appreciations of Klaic by Krzysztof Czyżewski, Anne-Marie Autissier, Lucy Neal and Rose Fenton.

Introduction Christopher Maughan and Franco Bianchini

Festivals in Focus Dragan Klaic
1) Historical perspective
2) Facets of festivals
3) Programming Strategies
4) The Space of Festivals

Memories to Dragan Klaic
Kulturtrager Dragan Klaic Krzysztof Czyżewski
Dragan Klaic’s legacy: Europe as a never ending conversation Anne-Marie Autissier
Dragan Klaic 1950-2011: A reflection Lucy Neal and Rose Fenton
The Future of European Festivals Bernard Faivre d’Arcier

List of European Festival Research Programme Workshops
Index of names
Notes on Contributors