Cultural Events in Economic Reflection
From July 7 – 13, 2014, the Laboratory of Economics of Culture at the HSE in St. Petersburg held an International Summer School "Impacts of Cultural Events on Small and Medium-size Art-oriented Towns" (ICE – SMART). This was the first summer school organized as part of the master’s programme "Experience Economy: Hospitality and Tourism Management".
Dozens of thousands of festivals and holidays take place around the world every day, and every single one of them has many stakeholders – governmental bodies, sponsors, participants, guests etc, and it is very important to be able to correctly evaluate the effects of each cultural event.
‘The Summer School is an opportunity for me to meet and work together with experts in my field of research, to learn something new and investigate current research trends, as well as talking to the School lecturers, guests and participants. The organizers made a huge effort to create a favourable working atmosphere: the professionals enjoyed working in such a beautiful place as St. Petersburg. I left the school with new skills and useful contacts for joint projects, as well as knowledge about cultural events in Russia. I’ll be using all this in my further work on my research project’.
‘I participated in the Summer School as part of my summer internship. My main task was to look for new information and ideas for one of my organization’s projects – I work for Calvert Forum. ICE-SMART turned out to be an excellent platform for interaction. One of its great features was its multidisciplinary character, which really allows you to go beyond the limits of your academic interests. I learned many new things about the factors which are important when considering your projects and whether they are topical and applicable to real life’.