UOW researcher to investigate the experiences of parents/care-givers who take their children to Viva La Gong

Held annually each November, Wollongong’s Viva La Gong is promoted as a ‘family-friendly’ cultural festival with children’s entertainment and involvement being a main focus of the event.

In 2014 Viva La Gong will be held on Saturday 8th November at MacCabe Park and PhD Candidate Susannah Clement from the University of Wollongong’s Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research is looking to talk to parents/care-givers who plan to attend with their children. Continue reading

How do rural communities cope with drought? Exploring the role of festivals and events

Festivals and events are frequently staged to reinvigorate community and stimulate economic development – especially in rural and remote places suffering from general decline. In such circumstances festivals and events contribute far more beyond their singular purpose as an agricultural show or a music concert, promoting regional development and community cohesion. Over the past few years researchers here at AUSCCER have been documenting these sorts of contributions, on a large project funded by the Australian Research Council. A free, downloadable summary report of our project’s findings is available here.


A selfie taken in June this year, at the Gulgong Races, NSW

As we continue to sift through our findings, we have also realised how important festivals and events are to rural communities suffering from conditions of extreme environmental stress. Continue reading

Encountering events

Post written by Anna De Jong

Waiting in the deathly long line for the bathroom at the 2012 Sydney Big Day Out I reach for my phone as a form of distraction. My finger intuitively hits the Twitter app, strategically positioned on page one of five on the phone’s desktop. Directly next to Google Maps, Instagram and Facebook. Scrolling through the tweets my excitement and anxiety levels simultaneously increase as it hits me; Foster the People are trending on Twitter – being dubbed ‘best of the #2012BDO’, ‘unexpected’, ‘amazing’. I hadn’t really thought to check them out, this was my designated time to prepare for the headlining acts, entailing a toilet break, and stocking up on much needed food and drink. I leave my strong hold in the bathroom line, making a beeline through the crowds towards my waiting friends – no longer focused on my desperate need for the bathroom, food and drink. They can wait. Continue reading