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Information and Communication Technologies at Festivals

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Event and Festival Management

Guest editors

Dr. Christine M. Van Winkle, University of Manitoba, Canada
[email protected]

Dr. Kelly J. MacKay, Ryerson University, Canada

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have transformed communication in all life domains (Poushter 2016). Technology mediated experiences are changing the festivalscape as festivals integrate hardware, software, netware and humanware into the attendee experience (Neuhofer, Buhalis & Ladkin 2014; Robertson, Yeoman, Smith & McMahon-Beattie 2015; Van Winkle, MacKay, & Halpenny 2018). ICT has been used at festivals for utilitarian and hedonic purposes yet little is known about the implications for the events, attendees, volunteers, and other stakeholders. ICT integration into festival administration, design, marketing, operations and risk management has received limited attention in festival studies; therefore, this special issue will examine the current state and future implications of ICT in the festival context in all phases of the festival from planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating (Silvers, Bowdin, O’Toole, & Nelson 2005). A broad overview of research and theory in this emerging area will provide a needed foundation to guide future research. This special issue will cover a range of topics from both demand and supply perspectives and will bring ideas from diverse disciplines. Qualitative and quantitative approaches to research are welcomed. Through discussion, debate, exploration and evaluation insight into the broad implications of ICT for festivals will be gained. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

Theme: This special issue seeks to include research papers exploring all forms of ICT in festival settings.

Papers on the following topics are of particular interest:

  • ICT use for safety and security
  • Rejection of ICT at festivals
  • Internet of things within the festivalscape
  • Social media for engaging festival attendees and volunteers
  • ICT and inclusive accessible festivals 
  • Co-creation of festival experiences and ICT
  • Enhanced and virtual reality experiences at festivals

Key Dates
Full Paper Submissions: January 18, 2019
Revisions/Final Decisions:  May 31, 2019
Publication:   October 2019
Submission Process
Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the guest editors regarding potential topics of interest or any questions relating to the special issue.  Full papers must be submitted by January 18th, 2019 through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system at Please select the correct issue to submit to: “Information and Communication Technologies at Festivals”.  Author guidelines for IJEFM can be found at:
Neuhofer, B., Buhalis, D., & Ladkin, A. (2014). A typology of technology‐enhanced tourism experiences. International Journal of Tourism Research, 16(4), 340-350.

Poushter, J. (2016). Smartphone ownership and internet usage continues to climb in emerging economies. Pew Research Center, vol. 22.

Robertson, M., Yeoman, I., Smith, K. A., & McMahon-Beattie, U. (2015). Technology, society, and visioning the future of music festivals. Event Management, 19(4), 567-587.

Silvers, J. R., Bowdin, G. A., O'Toole, W. J., & Nelson, K. B. (2005). Towards an international event management body of knowledge (EMBOK). Event Management, 9(4), 185-198.

Van Winkle, C.M., Halpenny, E., MacKay, K. 2018. Information and communication technology and the festival experience. In J. Mair (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Festivals. New York, NY: Routledge