Valuing participation : artists and the Adelaide fringe festival

Glow, Hilary and Caust, Jo 2010, Valuing participation : artists and the Adelaide fringe festival, International journal of the humanities, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 413-424.

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Title Valuing participation : artists and the Adelaide fringe festival
Author(s) Glow, HilaryORCID iD for Glow, Hilary
Caust, Jo
Journal name International journal of the humanities
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 413
End page 424
Total pages 12
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Altona, Vic.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1447-9508
Keyword(s) Arts Festivals
Cultural Impact of Festivals
Fringe Festival Participation
Summary Based on interviews and focus group discussions with participating artists in the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival, this paper is an interrogation of one aspect of the cultural value of the festival in terms of the benefits it delivers to one of its key constituent communities. The evaluation of special events has tended to focus on measuring the economic benefits that festivals can deliver to local economies. However, scant attention has been paid to the indirect impacts of arts events on communities and in particular to the impacts felt by the artists who participate. The Fringe festival plays a critical role as a facilitator of new work dedicated to creating opportunities for artists to practice their craft. Our research findings suggest that the stated goals of the Fringe – to provide a multi-artform and inclusive platform for the presentation of art works through the provision of resources and other services to artists – are largely being met, and that participating artists report a high degree of satisfaction with the work of the organisation. In terms of impact, the research finds that artists see themselves as the beneficiaries of a number of positive short-term outcomes resulting from their participation in the festival. We call for further longitudinal study to address the potential long-term career development impacts of festival participation for artists.
Language eng
Field of Research 160502 Arts and Cultural Policy
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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