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Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities

CoHERE bookOur new book on Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities is available. 

Chapters arising directly from the H2020 CoHERE project (2016-19) are Open Access.

Heritage and Festivals in Europe critically investigates the purpose, reach and effects of heritage festivals. Providing a comprehensive and detailed analysis of comparatively selected aspects of intangible cultural heritage, the volume demonstrates how such heritage is mobilised within events that have specific agency, particularly in the production and consumption of intrinsic and instrumental benefits for tourists, local communities and performers.

Bringing together experts from a wide range of disciplines, the volume presents case studies from across Europe that consider many different varieties of heritage festivals. Focusing primarily on the popular and institutional practices of heritage making, the book addresses the gap between discourses of heritage at an official level and cultural practice at the local and regional level. Contributors to the volume also study the different factors influencing the sustainable development of tradition as part of intangible cultural heritage at the micro- and meso-levels, and examine underlying structures that are common across different countries.

Heritage and Festivals in Europe takes a multidisciplinary approach and as such, should be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of heritage studies, tourism, performing arts, cultural studies and identity studies. Policymakers and practitioners throughout Europe should also find much to interest them within the pages of this volume.


Table of Contents

Regina F. Bendix

  1. Heritages, identities and Europe: exploring cultural forms and expressions
    Ullrich Kockel, Máiréad Nic Craith, Cristina Clopot and Baiba Tjarve
  2. On the relationship between performance and intangible cultural heritage
    Simon McKerrell and Kerstin Pfeiffer
  3. Comparative aspects of the Song and Dance Celebration of the Baltic countries in the context of nation branding processes
    Rūta Muktupāvela and Anda Laķe
  4. The construction of belonging and Otherness in heritage events
    Cristina Clopot and Catherine McCullagh
  5. Nostalgic festivals: the case of Cappadox
    Babak Taheri, Martin Joseph Gannon and Hossein Olya
  6. Events that want to become heritage: vernacularisation of ICH and the politics of culture and identity in European public rituals
    Alessandro Testa
  7. Performing identities and communicating ICH: from local to international strategies
    Laurent Sébastien Fournier
  8. Memory, pride and politics on parade: the Durham Miners’ Gala
    Andreas Pantazatos and Helaine Silverman
  9. Sound Structure as political structure in the European folk festival orchestra La Banda Europa
    Simon McKerrell
  10. Performing Scots-European heritage, ‘For A’ That!’
    Mairi McFadyen and Máiréad Nic Craith
  11. European Capitals of Culture: Discourses of Europeanness in Valletta, Plovdiv and Galway
    Cristina Clopot and Katerina Strani
  12. Negotiating contested heritages through theatre and storytelling
    Kerstin Pfeiffer and Magdalena Weiglhofer
  13. Commemorating vanished ‘homelands’: displaced Germans and their Heimat Europa
    Ullrich Kockel

Afterword: festival as heritage / heritage as festival
Valdimar Tr. Hafstein