Finding Common Ground: The Conception of Community Arts Festivals as Spaces for Placemaking

Tristi Brownett, OWEN EVANS

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    The present research posits the significant role that arts and cultural festivals play in contributing to placemaking and generating well-being within communities. Placemaking is recognized to be important when considering how to improve population health and well-being, and festivals can be seen to amplify those benefits. Drawing on qualitative data gathered from interviews with festival organizers in SouthEast England and deploying theories of space from Foucault and Massey, the present article argues that community arts and cultural festivals support the positive creation or transformation of pro-social spaces that could support community acceptance and well-being, the ability to live together and cohesively and accepting difference.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number102254
    JournalHealth and Place
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


    • Arts festivals
    • placemaking
    • community well-being
    • heterotopia
    • community assets
    • Community well-being
    • Placemaking
    • Heterotopia
    • Community assets


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