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Leveraging physical and digital liminoidal spaces: the case of the #EATCambridge festival

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Michael Duignan, Sally Everett, Lewis Walsh, Nicola Cade

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalTourism Geographies
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2017

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doi: 10.1080/14616688.2017.1417472

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Abstract

This paper conceptualises the way physical and digital spaces associated with festivals are being harnessed to create new spaces of consumption. It focuses on the ways local food businesses leverage opportunities in the tourist-historic city of Cambridge. Data from a survey of 28 food producers (in 2014) followed by 35 in-depth interviews at the EAT Cambridge food festival (in 2015) are used to explain how local producers overcome the challenges of physical peripherality and why they use social media to help support them challenges restrictive political and economic structures. We present a new conceptual framework which suggests the development of place through food festivals in heritage cities can be understood by pulling together the concepts of ‘event leveraging’, ‘liminoid spaces’ (physical and digital) and modes of ‘creative resistance’ which helps the survival of small producers against inner city gentrification and economically enforced peripherality.

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