In ancient Athens, the richest people paid taxes to support what the residents considered the salvation of the city. These taxes earned them social and political clout more valuable than money.
The decision to cancel a festival is never easy and can have difficult financial and community costs. Both planners and would-be attendees can play a role in mitigating the impact.
A person's drug experience can be influenced by many different things, such as heat, access to water and dosage.
From Cape Town to Kisumu and Greater Manchester, cities around the world are seeing the benefits of festivals that celebrate traditions and people.
The habit of using our phones while at a summer music festival can negatively impact our experiences.
Despite the diversity of art and performance on display at the tenth Ten Days on the Island festival, key themes emerge: life, death, and Tasmania's colonial history.
Live performances account for more than 40 percent of their income, while profits from streaming and record sales amount to only 5 percent of their earnings.
Halloween walks a thin line between entertainment and offence - so how can we engage with it ethically?
Recent developments mean that touting on an industrial scale could become more difficult.
Wellies at the ready, these researchers have been digging up the truth about the festival business.
If intelligently managed, festivals attract substantial numbers of LGBT tourists to regional and rural destinations, injecting additional income into the local economies.
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.
Artworks in The Big Anxiety festival in Sydney shine a light on life from an autistic point of view, emphasising sensory experience.
Kuro Tanino's Dark Inn is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese theatre, contemplating the darkness of desire.
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.
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.
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.
Media reports tend to link violence to illicit drugs when alcohol is far more likely to be to blame.
The graphic novel has become a literary phenomenon, but the name doesn't adequately describe the medium's flexibility, diversity and potential.
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.