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The carnivalesque and event evolution: a study of the Beltane Fire Festival.

  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.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    20 October 2014

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Taylor and Francis

  • DOI:

    10.1080/02614367.2014.962591

  • ISSN:

    0261-4367

  • Library of Congress:

    GV Recreation Leisure

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    338.479 Travel related services

Citation

Matheson, C. M. & Tinsley, R. (2015). The carnivalesque and event evolution: a study of the Beltane Fire Festival. Leisure Studies. 35(1), 1-27. doi:10.1080/02614367.2014.962591. ISSN 0261-4367

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Keywords

Carnivalesque; festival; regulation; evolution;

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