Catherine M Matheson
The carnivalesque and event evolution: a study of the Beltane Fire Festival
Matheson, Catherine M; Tinsley, Ross
This paper centres on the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. The objectives are to: first, identify the stages of the festival’s evolution and their respective characteristics; second, distinguish features corresponding to the carnivalesque; and, finally, examine the changes in event evolution, particularly regulatory interventions, and their effect. A qualitative approach comprising interviews with internal and external festival stakeholders was utilised. It is argued that there are three stages in the festival’s evolution: revival and early development; development and regulation; and, maturation. The characteristics of these evolutionary stages are identified. As the festival has developed and been subject to increasing regulation, features of the carnivalesque have been reduced.
Matheson, C. M., & Tinsley, R. (2016). The carnivalesque and event evolution: a study of the Beltane Fire Festival. Leisure Studies, 35(1), 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2014.962591
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Aug 21, 2014|
|Online Publication Date||Oct 20, 2014|
|Deposit Date||Feb 4, 2016|
|Publicly Available Date||Jun 29, 2017|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Carnivalesque; festival; regulation; evolution;|
The carnivalesque and event evolution: a study of the Beltane Fire Festival.
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