Festivals in the COVID Age of Crisis

Roaa Ali, Christopher Balme

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    This article examines the impact of COVID on festivals and the future of the industry. Analysing more than 50 items of online news, scholarly reviews and reports, and governmental guidance, this article examines the immediate effects of COVID in the industry as a whole, and particularly on its precarious artists and workforce. It also explores the changing behavioural attitudes towards festivals. Importantly, the article looks at the long-term institutional changes that might emerge in the festival industry including the future of collaborative working, artistic support, precarious working, and diversity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)336-341
    Number of pages6
    JournalContemporary Theatre Review
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 6 Jan 2023


    • COVID
    • crisis
    • institutional change
    • diversity
    • festivals


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