Community events: Committees, challenges and co–operation
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Brewster, M. (2020) Community events: Committees, challenges and co–operation. Event Management, 24(5), pp. 611-627.
Despite the growing interest in community–led organisations there remains some events operated by not–for–profit organisations that have not been fully explored. Even when there is a significant socio–cultural contribution to the host communities. Although this study is set within Highland Games there are many similarities to many not–for–profit event organisations managing traditional community events or cultural celebrations such as Hogmanay or Common Ridings. The challenges facing volunteer organisations are considerable when attempting to maintain cultural traditions and committee stabilisation, for many not–for–profit event organisations. Furthermore, the organisers of community events may not be traditionally perceived as the protectors of a country’s culture, there is no doubt that many events play a significant role in promoting unique elements of tradition and culture. Adopting a qualitative methodology, the article highlights some of the challenges encountered to maintain a stable support system for dedicated groups of individuals. Findings highlight the community focus and need for synergetic support systems in communities to ensure longevity of significantly important events.