The book Festivals & Societies in Europe, 19th–21st Centuries presents the proceedings from the colloquium held in Dijon from February 3 to 4, 2011. The colloquium was organized by Maison de Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) de Dijon, Centre Georges Chevrier, and CIMEOS (information sciences and communication laboratory at Université de Bourgogne) and was aimed at analyzing the issues of performing arts archives and the ability to build a history of festivals since the 19th century.
By way of introduction Philippe Poirrier, director of this collective publication, stated that “the festival is to be seen at the same time as a place of cultural mediation, a space of cultural practice and socialization, and a central element of the economy of art and culture. This specific form deserves […] to be put into historical perspective.”
Three themes were chosen to grasp the history of festivals: festivals and their place in cultural policies, festivals and artistic creation, and the public.
This publication is available on the Centre Georges Chevrier website.