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Edinburgh: the festival gaze and its boundaries.

  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.

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    01 February 2004

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Jamieson, K. (2004). Edinburgh: the festival gaze and its boundaries. Space and Culture. 7, 64-75. doi:10.1177/1206331203256853. ISSN 1206-3312



temporal boundaries; spatial boundaries; urban identity; public space; play; Edinburgh; festival;

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