Festivals in Focus
Dragan Klaic, theatre and festival
The proliferation of festivals across
the world has given birth to a new academic field: festival
studies. Before his premature death Dragan Klaic was
the greatest early authority of this discipline.
Festivals in Focus contains the last essays which
Klaic composed as introductory chapters for a collected
volume on festivals. The four essays display the author’s
sharp critical ability and raise stimulating questions
about cultural festivals not just in Europe but worldwide.
Klaic succinctly addresses the historical evolution
of festivals, as well as their types, contents and settings.
The volume includes an introduction by Christopher
Maughan and Franco Bianchini, an essay on the future
of festivals by Bernard Faivre d’Acier, the long-time
director of the trend-setting Festival d’Avignon,
and appreciations of Klaic by Krzysztof Czyżewski,
Anne-Marie Autissier, Lucy Neal and Rose Fenton.
Published by the Budapest
Cultural Observatory, distributed by CEU Press
144 pages, paperback, 2014
$22.95 / €15.95 / £13.50