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Pageants, parades, festivals

See below for a selection of the latest books from Pageants, parades, festivals category. Presented with a red border are the Pageants, parades, festivals books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Pageants, parades, festivals books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Snake Oil, Hustlers and Hambones

Snake Oil, Hustlers and Hambones

Author: Ann Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2020

Long before television and radio commercials beckoned to potential buyers, the medicine show provided free entertainment and promised cures for everything from corns to cancer. Combining elements of the circus, theater, vaudeville, and good old-fashioned entrepreneurship, the showmen of the American medicine show sold tonics, ointments, pills, extracts and a host of other wonder-cures, guaranteed to cure what ails you. While the cures were seldom miraculous, the medicine show was an important part of American culture and of performance history. Harry Houdini, Buster Keaton, and P.T. Barnum all took a turn upon the medicine show stage. This study of the medicine show phenomenon surveys nineteenth century popular entertainment and provides insight into the ways in which show business, advertising, and medicine manufacture developed in concert. The colorful world of the medicine show, with its Wild West shows, pie-eating contests, clowns, and menageries, is fully explored. Photographs of performers and of the fascinating handbills and posters used to promote the medicine show are included.

The Year of the Fox

The Year of the Fox

Author: Steve Arntson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2019

Carnival and Power

Carnival and Power

Author: Vicki Ann Cremona Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

This book shows how Carnival under British colonial rule became a locus of resistance as well as an exercise and affirmation of power. Carnival is both a space of theatricality and a site of politics, where the playful, participatory aspects are appropriated by countervailing forces seeking to influence, control, channel or redirect power. Focusing specifically on the Maltese islands, a tiny European archipelago situated at the heart of the Mediterranean, this work links the contrast between play and power to other Carnival realities across the world. It examines the question of power and identity in relation to different social classes and environments of Carnival play, from streets to ballrooms. It looks at satire and censorship, unbridled gaiety and controlled celebration. It describes the ways Carnival was appropriated as a power channel both by the British and their Maltese subjects, and ultimately how it was manipulated in the struggle for Malta's independence.

Roemer + Roemer

Roemer + Roemer

Author: Torsten Romer, Nina Romer Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2019

What began as a small bonfire on a beach in San Francisco in 1986 has evolved into a cultural phenomenon of epic dimensions - the Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. At the end of August every year, around 70,000 people come together at Black Rock City, a temporary city in the desert that exists only for eight days. The event, which features hundreds of interactive art installations, art cars, and performances, culminates in the burning of the Man , a 40-feet tall effigy that is the centrepiece of the celebration. In 2017, the Berlin artist couple Roemer + Roemer travelled to Nevada to take part in the event. Using a complex technique, they subsequently converted their photos of the festival into a series of striking large-format panel paintings that capture the utopian spirit and carnivalesque essence of Burning Man. Text in English and German.

The Event Manager's Bible 3rd Edition

The Event Manager's Bible 3rd Edition

Author: D. G. Conway Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2019

The authoritative guide to planning, organising, managing and delivery events of all size Anyone responsible for organising a voluntary or public event will want to do it safely and well, complying with the legislation relating to different aspects of their event. This book will help you to research, plan, organise, manage and deliver any event, match, show, tournament or function that will be attended by more than a handful of people. You may be running a gymkhana, fete, fun run, steam fayre, half marathon, carnival, school sports day, jumble sale, tennis tournament, car boot sale, model aircraft show or even a huge pop festival or Formula 1 car race. Whatever it is, the principles are the same. As event manager you will need to research, plan, liaise with authorities, obtain permissions and licences, comply with legal requirements and then deliver the event to the public. Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. The event manager; 3. The event objective; 4. Planning the event; 5. Health & safety; 6. Type of event; 7. When to run the event; 8. Defining your target audience; 9. Audience size; 10. Advertising; 11. Event attractions; 12. Event requirements; 13. Accommodation and services; 14. Event site; 15. Traffic management; 16. Sign posting; 17. Permissions; 18. Car parking; 19. Radio communications; 20. Staffing; 21. First aid; 22. Security; 23. Insurance; 24. Emergency and normal procedures; 25. Formal presentation; 26. Event manager's manual; 27. Money; 28. Accounts; 29. Video diary/evidence; 30. Setting up; 31. Site maintenance; 32. Strip down/clear up; 33. Final debrief &; 34. Final report; 35. Conclusion; Annex A; Annex B; Index.

The Routledge Handbook of Festivals

The Routledge Handbook of Festivals

Author: Judith (University of Queensland, Australia) Mair Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2018

In recent times, festivals around the world have grown in number due to the increased recognition of their importance for tourism, branding and economic development. Festivals hold multifaceted roles in society and can be staged to bring positive economic impact, for the competitive advantage they lend a destination or to address social objectives. Studies on festivals have appeared in a wide range of disciplines, and consequently, much of the research available is highly fragmented. This handbook brings this knowledge together in one volume, offering a comprehensive evaluation of the most current research, debates and controversies surrounding festivals. It is divided into nine sections that cover a wide range of theories, concepts and contexts, such as sustainability, festival marketing and management, the strategic use of festivals and their future. Featuring a variety of disciplinary, cultural and national perspectives from an international team of authors, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers of event management and will be of interest to scholars in the fields of anthropology, sociology, geography, marketing, management, psychology and economics.

Woodstock Unlined Journal Flower Power

Woodstock Unlined Journal Flower Power

Author: Epic Records Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Woodstock stunned the world with just three days of peace and music. Let the spirit of Woodstock Nation inspire you every day with this mind-blowing journal! Made of the highest quality materials, this finely crafted book offers a creative launchpad to inspire your hopes and dreams. Woodstock Unlined Journal Flower Power features unlined pages with plenty of space to write, draw and doodle. It's packed with memorable photographs and iconic illustrations from the coolest music festival ever. Inspiring quotations will connect you with the Woodstock experience and ensure that the legendary ideals of the Age of Aquarius stay alive in your heart.

All Dressed Up

All Dressed Up

Author: Joan Fitzpatrick Dean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2017

In the early twentieth century, publicly staged productions of significant historical, political, and religious events became increasingly popular-and increasingly grand-in Ireland. These public pageants, a sort of precursor to today's opening ceremonies at the Olympic games, mobilized huge numbers of citizens to present elaborately staged versions of Irish identity based on both history and myth. Complete with marching bands, costumes, fireworks, and mock battles, these spectacles were suffused with political and national significance. Dean explores the historical significance of these pageants, explaining how their popularity correlated to political or religious imperatives in twentieth-century Ireland. She uncovers unpublished archival findings to present scripts, programs, and articles covering these events. The book also includes over thirty photographs of pageants, program covers, and detailed designs for costumes to convey the grandeur of the historical pageants at the beginning of the century and their decline in production standards in the 1970s and 1980s. Tracing the Irish historical pageant phenomenon through the twentieth century, Dean presents a nation contending with the violence and political upheaval of the present by reimagining the past.

Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan

Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan

Author: Shakeel Hossain, TCA Raghavan Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/09/2017

Cornyation

Cornyation

Author: Amy L. Stone Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2017

Fiesta San Antonio began in 1891 began as a parade in honor of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto and has evolved into an annual Mardi Gras-like festival attended by four million with more than 100 cultural events raising money for nonprofit organizations in San Antonio, Texas. At Fiesta's start, the events were socially exclusive, one of the most prominent being the Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo, a lavish, debutante pageant crowning a queen of the festival. Cornyation was created in 1951 by members of San Antonio's theater community as a satire, mocking the elite with their own flamboyant duchesses, empresses, and queens, accompanied by men in drag and local political figures in outrageous costume. The stage show quickly transformed into a controversial parody of local and national politics and culture. Told through more than one hundred photographs and dozens of interviews, Cornyation is the first history of this major Fiesta San Antonio event, tracing how it has become one of Texas's iconic and longest-running LGBT celebrations, and one of the Southwest's first large-scale fundraisers for HIV-AIDS research, raising more than two million dollars since 1990.