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Events, Festivals, and Sustainability: The Woodford Folk Festival, Australia

  • Kirsten Holmes
  • Judith Mair
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Abstract

This chapter considers the issues pertaining to sustainability in relation to festivals and events. It introduces the context of festivals and events, highlighting the growth in the size and scale of the events sector. The chapter then moves on to discuss some of the key sustainability issues and challenges facing events and festivals by examining a case study of a particular event—the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia—which has addressed these challenges in innovative ways. Woodford Folk Festival can be considered as a leading example of best practice in terms of sustainable festivals. Finally, the chapter considers the lessons learned by Woodford Folk Festival in the course of meeting the sustainability challenges and also identifies important lessons for other festival and event organisers.

Keywords

Events Festivals Community Legacy Woodford Folk Festival Australia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirsten Holmes
    • 1
  • Judith Mair
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MarketingCurtin UniversityBentleyAustralia
  2. 2.Business SchoolUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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