Heritages, identities and Europe: Exploring cultural forms and expressions

Ullrich Kockel, Máiréad Nic Craith, Cristina Clopot, Baiba Tjarve

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Traditional arts practices and festivals have attracted increasing and diverse attention in the European context since policymakers discovered ‘culture’ as a resource in the 1980s. The promotion of local and regional ‘heritage’ as a resource especially for tourism has been linked to the rise of neo-liberalism, which sees local culture and identity as assets if they can be harnessed to provide foundations for social and economic growth in the face of a decline in manufacturing. The link between heritage and identity has become a commonplace topic. Cultural traditions, being part of cultural heritages, are significant factors that shape local, regional, national and European identities. Music has long been seen as a key element of European heritage and identity, although that tends to be in the context of ‘high culture’. The economic potential of cultural heritage at a transnational level has been recognised by the European Commission.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeritage and Festivals in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationPerforming Identities
EditorsUllrich Kockel, Cristina Clopot, Baiba Tjarve, Máiréad Nic Craith
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429511554
ISBN (Print)9780367186760
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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