Festspace reflections on festivals, events, and public space during COVID-19

This 'one-stop shop' of resources from the Festspace team of academics, including films, blogs, and conference presentations, focuses on the impacts of Covid-19 on events, festivals, and public space. Collectively, they cover topics such as the economic, social, and cultural impacts of Covid-19 on festivals, creative responses and innovation, and what the future of these places and activities might look like.

Date added 2 September 2020
Last updated 2 September 2020

This ‘one-stop shop’ of resources has been pulled together by Festspace - a team of academics from universities across Europe (England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, and Sweden) conducting in-depth research into how festivals and events can affect the inclusivity of Europe’s public spaces. This resource includes a series of blog posts, short films, and conference presentation clips, which all revolve around the impacts of Covid-19 on events, festivals, and public spaces such as parks. Collectively, the resources cover issues such as:  

  • the economic, social, and cultural impacts of Covid-19 on festivals
  • creative responses and innovation seen in events and festivals (e.g. use of online spaces and balconies)
  • What the future of events, festivals, and public spaces might look like.

It also includes the proposal of a four ‘i’ typology, created by Dr. Andrew Smith, for thinking about the creative responses seen across the UK in events and festivals - by both consumers and organisers - during the pandemic, as well as future impacts, as summarised below:

The four ‘i’ typology of events and Covid-19:

  1. Informal improvised events (e.g. pub quizzes, dance parties at home etc.)
  2. Illegal events (e.g. street parties and raves)
  3. Ingenious events (e.g. ‘drive-in’ cinemas, music concerts and comedy festivals)
  4. Internet events (e.g. online events in spaces such as Zoom).