The Urbanist

Festivals and cities

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30 June 2022

Episode 559

30 minutes


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Not only do festivals bring culture and fun to urban areas but they can also be the driving force behind regeneration – or even grow to define a city.

30 June 2022

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Chapter 1

7 minutes


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Chapter 1

Barcelona’s Primavera Sound

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This rather unique festival flows beyond its main premises, giving festival-goers a chance to support independent music venues too. We meet its chief innovation officer, Daniel Fletcher, to hear more about its continued expansion.

7 minutes

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Chapter 2

10 minutes


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Chapter 2

The history of festivals and cities

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How has the relationship between festivals and cities changed over time? We hear from Margaret Gold, co-author of ‘Festival Cities: Culture, Planning and Urban Life’.

10 minutes

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Chapter 3

6 minutes


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Chapter 3

Hong Kong Sevens

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Monocle’s Asia editor, James Chambers, explains how not all festivals have to be cultural. In Hong Kong a sporting event takes over the city: the Hong Kong Sevens.

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Chapter 4

4 minutes


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Chapter 4

Paris Plages

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If there’s one event that signals that summer is under way in the French capital, it’s the Paris Plages festival. It takes over the riverbanks of the Seine and transforms it into a beach resort: think parasols, sunloungers and even access to the water.

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