Chapter 14: Cultural heritage and improvised music in European festivals
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Festivals have an important - if undervalued - position in Europe's cultural ecology, with their dynamic and synergetic relationship to spaces and cultural sites. Drawing on the findings of the JPI project ‘Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals’ (CHIME), this chapter identifies how cultural heritage themes play out in different European festivals today. We identify how the three themes of ‘improvising’, ‘marketizing’ and ‘sounding’ resonate through national contexts and case studies, and offer prospects for future research and practice. Finally, we develop a framework for locating jazz festivals, and festivals more broadly, in relation to wider debates about cultural heritage and sustainable development, and set out key proposals around festivals as integrated sites for understanding tangible-intangible entanglements.

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