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The Adelaide festival and the development of arts in Adelaide

Franklin, A ORCID: 0000-0002-3207-0498, Lee, B and Rentschler, R 2021 , 'The Adelaide festival and the development of arts in Adelaide' , Journal of Urban Affairs , pp. 1-26 , doi: 10.1080/07352166.2021.1909422.

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Abstract

This paper asks: why, given the Australian city of Adelaide’s early interventionto embed a flagship arts festival, has it failed to develop as an arts city witha more democratized cultural terroir, with greater diversity and inclusion? Weargue that part of the answer lies in the continuing influence of its flagshipAdelaide Festival, which, from the beginning, was not of, and for, the entirecity, nor “art for all,” but very much the opposite. It was explicitly orientated tothe virtues of high art, packaged for a social elite, and linked to tourism–ledurban regeneration. Rather than a celebration of Adelaide’s cultural terroir, itestablished a marketized form of arts festival built around a core of importedart. Informed by multiple data sources, this case study offers a positive critiqueat a pivot point in Adelaide’s festival history, suggesting that a consideration ofother types of art city offers alternatives for the future.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Franklin, A and Lee, B and Rentschler, R
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Urban Affairs
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
ISSN: 0735-2166
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/07352166.2021.1909422
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