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Edinburgh: the festival gaze and its boundaries

Jamieson, Kirstie



This article examines the temporal and spatial boundaries of Edinburgh’s festival identity. It unravels Edinburgh’s festivals in terms of the spaces and identities they produce and their functions. Although there is no one definitive standpoint from which a festival city such as Edinburgh can be objectively mapped, the bounded appeal of live performance, outdoor reveling, and alternative ways of using the city during festival time reveal how the festival gaze manipulates urban identity, public space, and play. By engaging with the spatiality of Edinburgh’s festival culture, the festival identity upon which the city self-consciously relies is explored through the concepts of carnivalesque, play, and the transformation of identity.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2004
Deposit Date Mar 10, 2008
Journal Space and Culture
Print ISSN 1206-3312
Electronic ISSN 1552-8308
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Pages 64-75
Keywords temporal boundaries; spatial boundaries; urban identity; public space; play; Edinburgh; festival;
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