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Festival Studies

Niveau der Lehrveranstaltung/des Moduls laut Lehrplan

second cycle, Master

Lernergebnisse der Lehrveranstaltung/des Moduls

Students get to know the development of festivals from revolutionary art forms up to the recent global expansion of Biennials. They understand and reflect the global structure of the festival world and meet the central challenges for management, budgeting and program selection. They can explain the impact on global networking through festival circuits, the cultural transfer and reflect on business and artistic environments. Moreover, they are able to draft the meaning and impacts of festivals for destination management, cultural tourism and cultural production and they are able to create conceptions in these courses.

Voraussetzungen laut Lehrplan

not applicable


Festivals as a format emerged in the late 19th century as an expression of the aesthetic modern spirit and have passed through a powerful development in the second half of the 20th century. Today, festivals are not only established as a central format of aesthetic presentation and cultural production, but also as a crucial platform for cultural transfer, global networking and international exchange. As of the 1950’s, film- and music festivals have spread all over the world, in 1966 the Premiere Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (Dakar) was one of the first festivals to prove the political and cultural empowerment force of the format. Since the 1990’s, Biennials diffuse worldwide and the whole festival world, including all artistic fields, is subject to a dynamic process of professionalization and interconnectedness. Today, festival studies provide theoretic approaches to festivals for film, theater, music, literature and fine arts as well as handicraft and rural tradition. They consider dimensions of management – organization and funding – as well as sociocultural interpretations; aspects of selection, representation and reception; the effects on destination management; the involvement of local, global, diasporic and business audiences and, finally, the impact on global cultural transfer and international exchange. The lecture focuses on the most important aspects of festivals such as organizational challenges, sociocultural impacts and their influence on cultural production and transfer:
- Formats and development of festivals
- Funding and organizational aspects of festivals
- Selection policy, hierarchies and basic artistic tasks
- Global networks and international exchange: Festival Circuits
- Identity, politics and cultural production: the significance of cultural studies for festival studies

empfohlene Fachliteratur

D’Astous, A., Colbert, F., & dAstous, E. (2006). The personality of cultural festivals: Scale development and applications. International Journal of Arts Management, 8 (2), 14-23.
Enwezor, Okwui (2002): Mega Exhibitions and The Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form, Wilhelm Fink Verlag
Evans, O. (2007). Border exchanges: The role of the European Film Festival. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 15 (1), 23-33.
Getz, D. (2001). Festival places: A comparison of Europe and North America. Tourism, 49 (1), 3-18.
Getz, Donald (2010): The nature and scope of festival Studies, International Journal of Event Management Research.
Hal, Marieke van et al (ed.) (2010): The biennial reader.
Iordanova, Dina (ed.) (2009): The Festival Circuit, St. Andrew Film Studies
Moscardo, G. (2007). Analyzing the role of festivals and events in regional development. Event Management, 11 (1/2), 23-32.
Quinn, B. (2005a). Arts festivals and the city. Urban Studies, 42 (5/6)
Teissl, Verena (2013): How and Why Film Festivals Contributed and Contribute to the Reception of the Latin American Film, in: Maurer Queipo, Isabel (Hg.): Directory of World Cinema: Latin America. Bristol/Chicago: Intellect publishing, P. 20-27
Valck, Marijke de (2007): Filmfestivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia: University Press of Amsterdam

Bewertungsmethoden und -kriterien

written examination (seminar paper)



Anzahl der zugewiesenen ECTS-Credits


Semesterwochenstunden (SWS)


geplante Lehr- und Lernmethoden

integrated course, case studies, discussion, group work

Semester/Trimester, in dem die Lehrveranstaltung/das Modul angeboten wird


Name des/der Vortragenden

Mag. Elisabeth Mayerhofer, MBA; Prof. (FH) Dr. Verena Teissl


1st year of study

empfohlene optionale Programmeinheiten

not applicable

Kennzahl der Lehrveranstaltungen/des Moduls


Art der Lehrveranstaltung/des Moduls

compulsory (integrated lecture)

Art der Lehrveranstaltung

in-class course


not applicable


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