Michael LUCHTAN, Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Xavier VILLANUEVA, Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Joan PUJOLAR, Open University of Catalonia, Spain
The FESTSPACE project, among others, is actively researching how festivals use public space by viewing this space as a shared public resource. These investigations have given us a better understanding of how public space is used in the urban environment by uncovering who gets to use public space and if there is significant participation from all members of the citizenry. But many of these same studies have left unexamined the use of the public resource of time. Since space and time are so closely connected, we are able to make use of the same data gathered by the FESTSPACE Barcelona team, headed by Dr. Colombo, to also answer whether the citizens of Barcelona share a common festive calendar or not, and which are the implications of the understanding of the time aspect of festivities for its citizenry.
First, this paper conceptualises Barcelona’s festive landscape using the typology presented by Colombo, Luchtan and Oliver-Grasiot (forthcoming, 2022), which classifies the cultural events held in the city as (i) cultural industry events, (ii) Catalan traditional and cultural events and (iii) culture diversity events. Second, it makes use of the data gathered through the study cases of Barcelona’s FESTSPACE project (four cases for each typology) to shed light on some of the time-related aspects of festivities for a city as plural as Barcelona.
We expect to use the data gathered to see how the time aspects of these twelve different festivities are lived by its audience, participants and organisers, and to clarify how they are linked to annual or longer calendar settings. Through the study of how these calendars intersect, diverge, and run parallel to each other we hope to answer the question: Do the people of Barcelona share a festive calendar?
Mots clés : calendar|community|events|festspace|time