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Governments at all levels are increasingly becoming involved in festivals and events
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Governments at all levels are increasingly becoming involved in festivals and events By: Student Name Professor Name Class Institution Name City/State Date Festivals and events have been an integral part of every region’s culture since ancient times. Jeniskee clarified that “festivals and events are formal periods or programs of pleasurable activities, or events having a festive character” (Cited by Jamal & Robinson, 2009, p.485).
This paper analyses the reasoning and salient pros and cons associated with the involvement of governments in encouraging events. Government is a set of institutions which Edward Sildow and Beth Henschen (2008, p.4) defined as “the individuals and institutions that make society’s rules and that also possess the power and authority to enforce those rules." Thus, it can be established that government possesses the ultimate power to influence public, and to impose such rules that are in the best interest of society. Today, governments are increasingly becoming interested in promoting events because these act as a catalyst that has an enormous “social, economic and cultural impact” (Smith, 2003). This explains that governments are now trying to garner international attraction through hosting local and mega events and basically eyeing on the aspect of economic and monetary profits. For instance, the UK government realised the impact of facilitating events on the country’s economy and has supported the private sector on the reconstruction of new and bigger venues since 70s. The outcome has been in the form of some international standard sites such as the National Exhibition Centre (Birmingham) and Wembley Centre (Bowdin et al, 2012). ...
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