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Divergent Paths in Regional Economic Development: A Tale of Two Festival Towns
Thompson Rivers University. (geomatik / geomatics)
University of Gothenburg.
Linnaeus University.
2011 (English)In: Small Cities Imprint, ISSN 1918-4492, Vol. 3, no 1, 86-104 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study compares how two small communities in rural settings tried to promote sustained economic development by capitalizing on local music festivals. Merritt, British Columbia, Canada, home to a large country music event, focused on place branding, marketing, and related entertainment initiatives. Hultsfred, Sweden, in contrast, used its iconic rock festival to create a year-round music industry cluster called RockCity. Our study argues that the alternative strategies reflect fundamental differences in economic development policies and governance structures. We subsequently question whether RockCity-like cluster initiatives are possible in the Canada without coordinated tools and programs for supporting cultural industries in small communities. 

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Kamloops, BC: Thompson Rivers University , 2011. Vol. 3, no 1, 86-104 p.
Keyword [en]
festivals, towns, Canada
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Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-12997OAI: diva2:555835
Small Cities Community-University Research Alliance
Available from: 2012-09-24 Created: 2012-09-21 Last updated: 2012-09-24Bibliographically approved

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