Wellies at the ready, these researchers have been digging up the truth about the festival business.
Within a little more than a decade following the 1978 riot, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and Parade nourished the emergence of a budding gay and lesbian tourism industry.
If intelligently managed, festivals attract substantial numbers of LGBT tourists to regional and rural destinations, injecting additional income into the local economies.
Including community members as participants and co-creators of the Dragon of Shandon is central to the festival’s success.
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Urban festivals built on community involvement can reinvigorate places and create a shared sense of place and purpose that lasts long after the event is over.
The art installation Snoösphere is designed to awaken the senses and ease anxiety.
Artworks in The Big Anxiety festival in Sydney shine a light on life from an autistic point of view, emphasising sensory experience.
The four rooms of a Japanese ryokan revealed in The Dark Inn.
Kuro Tanino's Dark Inn is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese theatre, contemplating the darkness of desire.
A reveller performs in the Grand Parade at the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto on Aug. 5, 2017.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)
Fifty years of the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto has had a significant impact on Canada's cultural institutions. It's also helped educate Canadians about Black history.
Bicycles are the main form of transport around the Burning Man Festival and are recycled or gifted afterwards.
The annual Burning Man Festival creates a temporary city in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. In many ways, it's an innovation lab for rethinking cities.
The chronarium sleep lab.
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Science festivals are booming and with their mixture of music and art they are opening the field to a whole new audience who are keen to be amazed.
Drinking alcohol, not taking illicit drugs like ecstasy or LSD, is more closely linked with violence. Yet, media reports tend to say the opposite.
Media reports tend to link violence to illicit drugs when alcohol is far more likely to be to blame.
‘Maus’ and ‘Watchmen’ are two of the most well-known graphic novels.
The graphic novel has become a literary phenomenon, but the name doesn't adequately describe the medium's flexibility, diversity and potential.
The Elvis Express travels from Sydney to Parkes for a festival, now in its 25th year, that has transformed the town.
Outside the capital cities and the coastal fringes, the towns and people of rural and regional Australia have had to be inventive to get through the tough times.
Whitby Goth Weekend / http://www.paulmbaxter.com/
Subculture is on the decline, according to many pundits. But a trip to Whitby on certain weekends would demonstrate otherwise.
One of the best offerings from this year’s OzAsia festival was Vertigo 20.
Vertigo Dance Troupe/Gadi Dagon
In creativity, skill and daring, the productions on offer embodied an energy and imagination comparable to, and at times exceeding, anything prestigious European-focused international festivals might present.
The OzAsia Festival will showcase innovative and youthful performance art from across Asia.
Hiroaki Umeda's split flow and Holistic Strata. Credit Ryuichi Marui Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media
From a dancer moving against a wash of static, to a show that takes the audience hostage, Adelaide's OzAsia Festival celebrates both high art and high energy performances.
From music festivals to motor racing –commercial events are taking over public parks. Here's what can be done.
Glastonbury: home away from spiritual home.
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Jump on the Glastonbury bus, bring your tent back home afterwards, and promote long term behaviour change.
When did revellers stop rebelling?
A chance to shine: festivals bring fringe benefits.
Forget the main stage headliners, the real festival heroes might be selling you crocodile burgers and mango smoothies.
Actress Charlize Theron strikes a pose on the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Does it matter that money plays such a big role in festivals like Cannes?
Indigo, pink, saffron: colour for India isn't just for throwing. It's political, too.