116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Festival Culture of the New Millennium

Presiding Officer: 
Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley College

In the nearly five decades since Woodstock, the world has seen as explosion of similar multi-day events, like these larger known festivals and gatherings—Burning Man, Coachella, Tomorrowland, Glastonbury, EDC—as well as thousands of smaller and newer festivals. What are the new trends of large, organized art and music gatherings as formed by changing cultural interests, talents, technologies, and markets? Many contemporary festivals claim to provide a new vision for the production and consumption of goods, food, music, art, and ideology; and such spaces are carefully crafted to awaken “empowered action through hands-on projects and thought-provoking talks that teach [us] tools to become healthier and create a more sustainable world, while connecting deeply with nature and the community around us” (DoLab). What other greater community-building efforts do such events enact? This panel seeks presentations on contemporary art and music festival culture, with specific consideration of the special sub-cultures of recurring mainstream, underground, transformational, and eco-based festival events, gatherings, exhibits, and collaborations.

Closed (not accepting submissions)

Associated Sessions

Topic Type: 
Special Session