Festival Fever

Festival Fever

Author: Anne Holland

Publisher: The O'Brien Press Ltd

ISBN: 9781847179845

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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It is said the land level of Ireland rises a few feet every March because so many people have left for the National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham. English-Irish rivalry at this pinnacle of jump racing has always been keen but it has risen to new levels in the 21st Century, with many Irish winners across all the races, including the Gold Cup, Queen Mother Chase, Champion Hurdle and Stayers Hurdle. But Festival Fever, The Irish At Cheltenham is about more than the winners, it is the whole atmosphere, the mix of ex-pat and visiting Irish among the thronging crowds, the craic; what goes on behind the scenes; many surprising stories are told. It is also about the fascinating history – racing was banned at Cheltenham for a period during the 19th century; and the 1980s saw a dearth of Irish runners which led to enterprising attempts by the racecourse to woo them back.

The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City

The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City

Author: Brooks Vanderbush

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781625849618

Category: History

Page: 128

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The National Cherry Festival is northern Michigan's most popular event. It turns Traverse City, a beach town of thirty thousand, into a thriving city of nearly one million. Begun almost a century ago, the festival started out as a small, neighborhood affair and grew into an international phenomenon that draws in visitors from all over the globe. Twist and pop a pit of Cherry Festival history with author and Traverse City native Brooks Vanderbush as he recounts the festival's growth and its queens and courts, governing bodies, past personalities and other memorable stories that have made it such an essential part of this vacation paradise.

The Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh Festival

Author: David Pollock

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

ISBN: 9781804250471

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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True, the city’s many summer festivals each maintain their own identities. And yet ‘The Festival’ has stuck as a shorthand which captures the truly eclectic experience of ‘doing Edinburgh’ which has made the city’s very name synonymous with world-leading culture and performance. This book is the first to tell the complete history of the Edinburgh Festival. Arts writer David Pollock paints an extraordinary portrait of the growth, glory years and struggles of this global cultural phenomenon. He introduces a wide cast of key individuals and shows, including Fleabag, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Joseph Beuys, The Fall and Six The Musical. The Edinburgh Festival: A Biography provides a unique perspective on the social and cultural history of Scotland and its capital in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It will delight and intrigue all who have experience of the greatest festival in the world.

The Tiara on the Terrace

The Tiara on the Terrace

Author: Kristen Kittscher

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062228000

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 400

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In this funny, clever novel, perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and Gordon Korman and a companion to The Wig in the Window, tween sleuths Sophie Young and Grace Yang go undercover at Luna Vista's Winter Sun Festival to catch a murderer before he—or she—strikes again. Sophie Young and Grace Yang have been taking it easy ever since they solved the biggest crime Luna Vista had ever seen. But things might get interesting again now that everyone is gearing up for the 125th annual Winter Sun Festival—a town tradition that involves floats, a parade, and a Royal Court made up of local high school girls. When Festival president Jim Steptoe turns up dead on the first day of parade preparations, the police blame a malfunctioning giant s'more feature on the campfire-themed float. But the two sleuths are convinced the mysterious death wasn't an accident. Young and Yang must trade their high tops for high heels and infiltrate the Royal Court to solve the case. But if they fail, they might just be the next victims.

The Report: Nigeria 2013

The Report: Nigeria 2013

Author: Oxford Business Group

Publisher: Oxford Business Group

ISBN: 9781907065927


Page: 356

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As the single most populous nation in Africa, Nigeria recently overtook South Africa as the largest economy on the continent. Natural resources, oil and gas in particular, comprise the country’s single largest revenue-earner but the 170m person economy also has seen significant activity in recent years into the industrial, financial, telecoms and – as of 2013 – power sectors. Hydrocarbons reserves have traditionally attracted the vast majority of domestic and foreign investment in Nigeria. Oil production capacity has remained at roughly 2.5m barrels per day (bpd) since the start of 2000, although output fell to 2.2m bpd on average in 2012. Still, the country has long operated below its true potential and government efforts in recent years have sought to increase local value addition, by boosting refining capacity and minimising theft and bunkering. The country’s banking sector has been through a significant shake-up as well, resulting in a far healthier and more robust financial industry, while reforms in the telecoms and agricultural sectors have strengthened medium-term prospects.

Theatre and Festivals

Theatre and Festivals

Author: Keren Zaiontz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350315990

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 125

View: 807

This succinct and engaging text rethinks the common wisdom that festivals, sites of collective celebration and play, provide a temporary reprieve from the grind of everyday, 'real' life. Keren Zaiontz explores the ways in which cultural performances of resistance that have their basis in festivals can migrate to other contexts, making festivals as much the domain of free markets and state power as that of vanguard artists and progressive social movements. Accessible and affordable, this is an ideal resource for theatre students and lovers everywhere.

Exploring Community Festivals and Events

Exploring Community Festivals and Events

Author: Allan Jepson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317690849

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 268

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The development of the festival and event industry has seen large scale growth and extensive government support as a result of objectives to enhance and project the image of place and leverage positive sponsorship and regeneration opportunities. As we move deeper into austerity measures prompted by economic recession, community festivals and events as a sacred or profane time of celebration can be considered even more important than ever before. This book for the first time explores the role and importance of ‘community’, ‘culture’ and its impact through festivals and events. Split into two distinct sections, the first introduces key themes and concepts, contextualises local traditions and culture, and investigates how festivals and events can act as a catalyst for tourism and create a sense of community. It then questions the social and political nature of festivals and community events through examining their ownership. The second section focuses on communities themselves, seeking to examine and discuss key emerging themes in community event studies such as; the role of diaspora, imagined communities, pride and identity, history, producing and consuming space and place, authenticity, and multi-ethnic communities. Examples are drawn from Portugal, the Dominican Republic, the USA, Malaysia, Malta, Finland and Australia making this book truly international. This significant volume will be valuable reading for students and academics across the fields of Event, Tourism and Hospitality studies as well as other social science disciplines.

A Compendium of the Teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba

A Compendium of the Teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Publisher: Sai Towers Publishing

ISBN: 9788178990422

Category: Spiritual life

Page: 792

View: 329

This Book Is A Compilation Of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's Significant Statements On Individual Subjects. More Than 1100 Such Subjects Have Been Identified And The Definitive Statements Of Sri Sathya Sai Baba Are Quoted With Relevant Documentation Of Their Sources. The Special Merit Of The Compilation Is That Recently Published Statements Are Preferred. The Subjects Are Presented In Alphabetical Order To Facilitate Easy Reference. A Sanskrittoenglish Glossary Is Also Appended. This Is An Invaluable Resource Book Of Baba'S Teachings Placed At The Service Of The Students, Teachers, Research Scholars, Study Groups And Casual Readers.

Live Music in America

Live Music in America

Author: Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor of Music Steve Waksman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197570531

Category: Music

Page: 705

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When the Swedish concert singer Jenny Lind toured the U.S. in 1850, she became the prototype for the modern pop star. Meanwhile, her manager, P.T. Barnum, became the prototype for another figure of enduring significance: the pop culture impresario. Starting with Lind's fabled U.S. tour and winding all the way into the twenty-first century, Live Music in America surveys the ongoing impact and changing conditions of live music performance in the U.S. It covers a range of historic performances, from the Fisk Jubilee Singers expanding the sphere of African American music in the 1870s, to Benny Goodman bringing swing to Carnegie Hall in 1938, to 1952's Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland - arguably the first rock and roll concert - to Beyoncé's boundary-shattering performance at the 2018 Coachella festival. More than that, the book details the roles played by performers, audiences, media commentators, and a variety of live music producers (promoters, agents, sound and stage technicians) in shaping what live music means and how it has evolved. Live Music in America connects what occurs behind the scenes to what takes place on stage to highlight the ways in which live music is very deliberately produced and does not just spontaneously materialize. Along the way, author Steve Waksman uses previously unstudied archival materials to shed new light on the origins of jazz, the emergence of rock 'n' roll, and the rise of the modern music festival.

Red and Hot

Red and Hot

Author: S. Frederick Starr

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780879101800

Category: Music

Page: 439

View: 600

"...that rare thing, a piece of careful scholarship that is also superby entertaining...Starr, who is president of Oberlin College and has been associated with the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, is also a professional jazz musician, and his knowledgeable affection for the music shines through the text." - Andrea Lee, New York Times Book Review