DOES MUSIC SOOTHE THE SOUL?

By Jonathan Daniel Gómez‐Zapata, Luis César Herrero‐Prieto, and Beatriz Rodríguez‐Prado

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Music is linked to human senses and emotions and is one of the most important manifestations of mankind’s creativity as well as being a factor that forges individual identity and realisation. Music also has implications in an area’s social, cultural and economic configuration, such that it helps to define collective and geographical cultural idiosyncrasy, and may also help to shape long-term economic development. Music can act as a powerful tool for progress and social change since it is particularly suited to dealing with risk factors amongst the young, such as helping to reduce crime levels, fostering peace amongst communities and improving individuals’ socioemotional health and quality of life. Continue reading “DOES MUSIC SOOTHE THE SOUL?”

THE USE OF IRONIC HUMOR IN FESTIVAL BRANDING

By Kati Suomi and Mervi Luonila

Ironic humor can be a powerful technique for attracting attention in the field of arts. It can be influential as well, but using it is a tricky business. The risk of misunderstanding is real and may carry serious implications. However, the artful use of ironic humor can steer stakeholders to share and co-create the brand identity of arts productions, such as festivals. In our article Suomi, Luonila & Tähtinen (2020) “Ironic festival brand co-creation” we attempted to find out: “how can ironic humor be used with and by stakeholders to co-create brand identity?” Continue reading “THE USE OF IRONIC HUMOR IN FESTIVAL BRANDING”

UNDERSTANDING INSTITUTIONAL LOGICS AND INSTITUTIONAL WORK PRACTICES IN FESTIVALS: LUCCA COMICS AND GAMES

By Yesim Tonga Uriarte, Robert DeFillippi, Massimo Riccaboni, Maria Luisa Catoni

How are festivals managed within their wide net of temporal, social and institutional relations? In search of answers, we provide the summary of a case study that features one of the biggest comic-cons in the world and we argue that understanding how festivals maintain themselves must focus on understanding how these temporary organizations are able to effect processes of persistence, stability and change in the context of upheaval, continuity and transformation. Continue reading “UNDERSTANDING INSTITUTIONAL LOGICS AND INSTITUTIONAL WORK PRACTICES IN FESTIVALS: LUCCA COMICS AND GAMES”

RELIGION AND CULTURAL PARTICIPATION: WHAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWS

By Juan D. Montoro-Pons and Manuel Cuadrado-García

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Is there any link between religiousness and participation in the arts? This work identifies two dimensions of religiousness and estimates the impact these have on highbrow and lowbrow cultural participation. Evidence supports religiosity both as a means of building social relations (increasing participation in the arts) and of self-expression and attachment to a set of norms (decreasing arts consumption). Continue reading “RELIGION AND CULTURAL PARTICIPATION: WHAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWS”

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