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”
By Naomi Oosterman
In the cold winter’s night of 9 to 10 January 2005, criminals left a devastating scene at the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, the Netherlands. Glass doors were shattered, wooden panels were destroyed, and valuable porcelain was smashed into hundreds of pieces. Possibly more devastating was the additional theft of 70 pieces of silver and 24 paintings of important 17th century artists like Jan van Goyen, Jacob Waben, and Matthias Withoos with an estimated value between €250.000 and €1.3 million. A few years later, without violence but with similar devastating consequences, seven paintings belonging to the Triton Family Foundation were stolen from the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Amongst these were works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Lucian Freud. Estimated value: €18.1 million. The 2002 thefts of two unique Van Gogh paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, finalizes the list. ‘Childishly easy’ is how the theft was described in the media. With a rope, ladder, and a broken window, the criminals could steal one of only two seascapes made by Van Gogh from his Dutch years. The described cases are considered to be the most notable art crimes that took place in the Netherlands in the past 20 years. Continue reading “POLICING ART CRIME”
By Marie Ballarini
In France, museums are mainly public and almost all depend on state subsidies (private museums included). Faced with the stagnation of the latter, or even their substantial decline, many museums are turning to new sources of income in an effort to self-finance. At the request of their guardianship, it is becoming more and more common for museums to have to include in their funding projects a more or less significant share of self-funding, whatever the tool or tools chosen. Continue reading “FRENCH MUSEUMS AND CROWDFUNDING : EVOLUTIONS AND OUTCOMES”
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”
By Elisa Salvador
Cultural Festivals are one of the most diffused examples of living production in all the fields of cultural and creative industries, attracting increasing attention in recent years. ESSCA School of Management, INGENIO-CSIC UPV, and the University of Valencia organised a two-day international Workshop on the 26-27 of November 2019 at Centre Cultural La Nau, Valencia (Spain). Researchers joined from all over the world to discuss the current context of cultural Festivals and the new avenues of research, including the digital challenge. Continue reading “CULTURAL FESTIVALS: STATE OF THE ART AND NEW AVENUES OF RESEARCH”
By Pascal Courty
The event industry has been plagued by an epidemic of ticket bots that take advantage of online ticketing to grab the best tickets for high demand events and to earn large profits on resale markets. I define the fair price ticketing curse and propose a simple mechanism to get rid of bots.
By Lucia Biondi
Cultural heritage is one of the main features making Italy known worldwide. This contribution redresses the neglect of accounting in the important debate over new public governance. Prominence of accounting practices in the world of business and in the public sector remains. However, there remain pernicious problems within conventional accounting practice, which in themselves can confound the desire for good public governance and which cannot be ignored.
By Jeffrey Pompe, Lawrence Tamburri and Johnathan Munn
Symphony orchestras have increasingly relied on flexible ticket subscriptions and higher ticket prices for revenue generation. We found that relying on flexible ticket subscriptions may decrease total ticket sales. We discuss how more flexible subscription sales combined with higher ticket prices can have deleterious effects on symphony orchestra finances.
By Anna Kukla-Gryz, Katarzyna Zagórska and Peter Szewczyk
Managers of cultural institutions, looking for a way to make your institution more accessible, while still remaining profitable? Consider a “pay what you want” admission policy! Our research on PWYW for cultural goods has shown us clear ways the payment scheme could be best implemented. Continue reading “PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT IN CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS: TOP MANAGERIAL TIPS”