As you may know, we like to post and encourage readers to attend the unique Pacific Islands festivals that take place throughout the year mainly in the Pacific, but in parts of the United States as well. In fact, March 2015 is a very busy month for you merrymaking fans who are fascinated with cultures from the Pacific Islands. There is a Honolulu Festival taking place very soon on March 6-8. The Arizona Aloha Festival in Tempe is also taking place this weekend. In the middle of this month New Zealand plays host to a couple of popular festivals, as the Pasifika Festival and the ASB Polyfest will occur in Auckland. (For more information on these as well as other festivals, please visit our “Holidays and Cultural Events” tab on the main page of our Website)
Recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a new publication titled, Festival Statistics: Key Concepts and Current Practices. This publication is the third in a series of cultural statistics handbooks for policy-makers and practitioners.
In any community, festivals are an important showcase of culture and creativity, and the cornerstone of economic development strategies to attract tourists. According to UNESCO,
Festival statistics can be cross-functional. They can be used to develop a macro-understanding of the role and impact of festivals on society, which can in turn inform policy on culture, development and diversity, as well as project management, tourism development and cultural industries commercially-driven or not-for-profit.
The Festival of Pacific Arts, Solomon Islands, 2012, Photo courtesy of Catherine Green
This handbook also provides guidance on how to measure the environmental, social and cultural impacts.
The publication can be found online on the UNESCO Website. Allow me to make it easy for you to find by simply clicking here.