Festival volunteer management. Welcoming locals and non-locals. An autoethnographic study
The research at hand is a qualitative autoethnographic multi-sited research on festival volunteer management and namely – the way festival volunteer management relies on local and non-local volunteers. Research was conducted on the basis of two festivals in northern Norway – TIFF (Tromsø) and “Barents Spektakel” (Kirkenes). In order to answer research question, “How does the volunteer management of the festivals perform reliance on local and non-local volunteers?”, there were two autoethnographic fieldworks conducted, where the researcher acquired three-roles repertoire as both the data gathering method and the way to narrate this research; aside from that, methods of participant observation, field notes and semi-structured interviews were used. The results of this research represented strong reliance of “Barents Spektakel” volunteer management on the mix of both local and non-local volunteers in terms of border-crossing profile of the festival, while TIFF volunteer management represented lower level of reliance on whether local or non-local volunteers, focusing on other volunteers´ characteristics. The choice of this topic was connected to both personal experience in event volunteering and strong interest in peculiarities of volunteer management as a set of processes, and the role that local and non-local volunteers play in terms of that. Peculiarities of festival volunteer management were not researched often or broadly and in-depth, neither was a reliance on local and non-local volunteers observed through the prism of the festival volunteer management, what makes the topic actual and creates enriched prospective for further research.
ForlagUiT The Arctic University of Norway
UiT Norges arktiske universitet
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