FESTSPACE: Festivals, event and inclusive public space in Europe
In early June, along with my co-investigators Dr Andrew Smith, Dr Bernadette Quinn, Dr Alba Colombo and Dr Kristina Lindstrom, I helped launch our HERA-funded FESTSPACE project the University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus. This project focuses on the role of festivals and events in producing inclusive public space and involves a much wider team of academic and non-academic partners. I presented a project overview in the morning and then we had a wonderful keynote presentation from Fran Hegyi of the Edinburgh International Festival, reflecting on her time working as part of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. We’ve put together a wavelet that provides an interactive, visual representation of the days activities.