Folk Dancing, Tourism and Identity. A Relationship in (de)construction?

Henriques, Claudia and Custódio, Maria João (2008) Folk Dancing, Tourism and Identity. A Relationship in (de)construction? In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper aims to focus on a study that looked at the extent to which folk-dancing is considered by young residents in the Algarve, Portugal to contribute to the transmission of the spirit of the place to tourists visiting the region. The study was based on a questionnaire survey given out to a sample of students at the University of the Algarve. The results showed that little is known about folk-dancing among the students, although at the same time they tend to assign a market value to this type of dancing, which is associated with cultural tourism. It is then suggested that the valuing of folk-dancing as a tourist resource should therefore be re-assessed to allow young people, and even perhaps other age groups, to integrate this form of popular cultural expression as their own rather than being for others (visitors). This in turn leads us to the need to rethink current educational dynamics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Henriques, ClaudiaUNSPECIFIED
Custódio, Maria JoãoUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: spirit of place; intangible heritage; tourism; folk art; dance; cultural identity
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 03. Performing arts
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Algarve, Portugal
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2010 09:07
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:11
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