Clarke, A. and Jepson, A. (2010) Power, hegemony and relationships within the festival planning and construction process. Paper presented to: Global Events Congress IV: Events and Festivals Research: State of the Art, The Rose Bowl, Leeds, 14-16 July 2010.
Researching cultural festivals reveals the existence of a multitude of stakeholder relationships, connected and enforced through different cultures. The one commonality is that they are all influenced by power, which in turn impacts on how a festival is constructed, delivered and consumed. Clegg (1989) and Prus (1999) believe power and its relationships to be one of the major concepts in the stocial sciences. Church and Coles (2007) are amongst the first writers to point to the influnce of power within tourism; production, governance, and consumption. They conclude that tourism and power cannot be separated, and as a result tourism studies should be explicitly engaged with power discourses. This paper will explore power firstly as a result of the political nature of the stakeholders involved in the creation of a local community festival and secondly through the representations of local community culture from various ethnic groups within the City of Derby. Drawing on observational analysis of the events planning processes, this paper will deconstruct the discourses utilised, deployed and reinvented in the Derby Jubilee Festival. Power is revealed as a pervasive and constructive set of forces that are both enabling and disenfranchising