As a class, faculty and students will make daily site visits to actual festivals, rehearsals, or stagings.
Five festivals will serve as our case studies throughout the week:
- Andersonville Midsommarfest
- Blues Festival
- Grant Park Music Festival
- Old Town Art Fair
- Pride Fest
Portions of each day will have components led by Profs. Brown (Hospitality Management), Frink (History), and Kernan (Musicology), so that students can see the complexity involved in these festivals. We will consider each of our case studies as a vibrant current event as well as a source for historical and cultural exploration.