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Festivals in Focus

Dragan Klaic Introduction by Christopher Maugham and Franco Bianchini, an essay on the future of festivals by Bernard Faivre d’Acier

Publication Year: 2014

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.

Published by: Central European University Press


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pp. C-ii

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. iii-vi


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pp. vii-viii


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pp. ix-x

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Christopher Maughan and Franco Bianchini

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pp. xi-xx

Whilst Dragan Klaic was principally known as a theatre and cultural policy scholar his interest in festivals was long standing. The Belgrade International Theatre Festival (Bitef), which had been founded in 1967, clearly had a big influence upon him. As Michael Coveney writes in his obituary of Dragan: “Bitef became a crucible for...

Festivals is Focus

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A Historical Perspective

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pp. 3-34

The origins of today´s festivals can be traced back to ancient feasts and celebrations of a ritual character, as societies and social groups sought to punctuate the flow of ordinary time with special occasions and endow them with meaning as...

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Facets of Festivals

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pp. 35-50

Every large European city seems to be sliding from one festival to another all year round. Without any fear of saturation, moreover, and with a belief that for every festival type, sort, concept and theme there is an audience to be found...

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Programming Strategies

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pp. 51-66

Most festivals seek to offer one coherent and condensed programme, but in the world of feature film festivals, where commercial interests tend to prevail and the availability of new productions is large, it is common to introduce several...

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The Space of Festivals

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pp. 67-78

This essay considers the spatial dimension of festival activities, both in the city and in the countryside, the variants of the site used and the importance of the spatial context and a festival´s...

Memories to Dragan Klaic

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Dragan Klaic

Krzysztof Czyżewski

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pp. 81-96

The Polish edition of Mobility of Imagination was the first book by Dragan Klaic published in Poland13, although some of his articles and columns appeared in Polish periodicals and edited books. The modest amount of publications...

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Dragan Klaic’s legacy: Europe as a Never Ending Conversation

Anne-Marie Autissier

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pp. 97-100

Before I met Dragan, I edited some of his articles for Culture Europe International. At that time, we were a small team devoted to a quarterly magazine (in French and English) Culture Europe International that was trying to offer readers a...

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Dragan Klaic 1950-2011 A Reflection

Rose Fenton and Lucy Neal

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pp. 101-108

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Dragan Klaic, a passionate European, a great intellectual force, an inspiring teacher, and a delightful, if at times maddening friend, who...

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The Future of European Festivals

Bernard Faivre d’Arcier

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pp. 109-120

Even if we sometimes trace the word ‘festival’ back to its ancient root (calling to mind the traditional events of Bayreuth, Orange and Verona), the idea of the arts festival as we know...

List of European Festival Research Programme Workshops

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pp. 121-124

Index of Names

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pp. 125-128

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 129-131

Back Cover

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p. BC-BC

E-ISBN-13: 9789630879415
Print-ISBN-13: 9789630879408

Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2014

Edition: 1