An examination of serious participants at the Australian Wintersun Festival

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Title An examination of serious participants at the Australian Wintersun Festival
Author Mackellar, Joanne
Journal Name Leisure Studies
Editor J. Horne, B. Watson, S. Flemming
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Events, such as festivals, have been identified as places in which activities are provided for participants to develop skills and build their leisure careers. This study aimed to explore the leisure and tourist behaviours of serious, and at times fanatical, participants at the Wintersun Festival in Queensland, Australia. The weeklong nostalgic celebration of music, dancing, cars and lifestyles attracts participants from distant communities to travel and participate in the activities that are integral to achieving their leisure goals. This study utilised participant observation to identify nine domains which describe and explain the behaviours of participants including specialised travel, lifestyle, identity reinforcement, pride, fanaticism, social interaction, fixated consumption, competition and skill development. The results highlight the specialised travel experience undertaken by participants and the important role of events in fulfilling their personal and social goals.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Leisure Studies, Vol.28(1), 2009, pp.85-104. Leisure Studiese is available online at: with the open URL of your article.
Volume 28
Issue Number 1
Page from 85
Page to 104
ISSN 0261-4367
Date Accessioned 2011-12-01
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Sport and Leisure Management; Tourism Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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