Festivals in rural and regional communities

One of my research threads has been on the significance of festivals for rural communities. I hope to see this thread continue to blossom under the CAMRA banner as our project progresses.

A report for public consumption, based on a previous ARC grant I held from 2005-2008 (with fellow CAMRA-man, Jim Walmsley), has been released and is available both online and in hard copy.

The report has information about our database of over 2,800 rural and regional festivals, as well as stats on employment and total economic contribution of festivals, based on a survey we conducted with 480 festival directors.

Did you know that rural and regional festivals generate $500 million in direct revenue through ticket and merchandise sales, and that they employ something like 175,000 people? Our report has the full story.

To download the e-version, click on the following link (it will be available through CAMRA soon when a tech glitch is solved):


If you want a hard copy, email me on cgibson@uow.edu.au with your postal details.

Hard copies are free, but the print run is limited (and they will disappear soon after a public launch in Wollongong next month and a national conference in September)...


The rural festivals report

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The rural festivals report is now available through Australian Policy Online


Festivals report launched in

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Festivals report launched in Wollongong August 26

The rural festivals report mentioned above was launched in Wollongong at a public lecture known as the Uni in the Brewery. Two Elvis impersonators were 'in the building' and delighted the audience; and after the scholarly business of discussing the report's key findings, the festival bingo quiz was won by the organiser of the Albion Park Show!

A report and pictures are available here: