Banner Tafter Journal2LOOP with the University of Barcelona presents the second edition of LOOP Studies, International Meeting Point for Cultural Managers.

In the 2014 edition LOOP and the University of Barcelona will launch an international debate on trends within the management of cultural festivals, in particular: audience, funding and sustainability. Two days of conferences, round tables and professionals case studies to explore, discuss and imagine common strategies and create a space to think about new methodologies that can be relevant to reach sustainability and engage audience in the current context.

Tafter Journal and LOOP Studies/University of Barcelona invite paper submissions which offer new and challenging research on trends within the management of cultural festivals, in particular: audience, funding and sustainability. Suggested topics may include (but are not limited to) the following aspects:
• innovative ways both to attract new audiences and to enlarge them;
• new approaches to funding cultural festivals;
• original models of social and environmental sustainability for festivals and cultural events.


Papers must be written in English and should be at least of 20.000 characters (spaces included), accompanied by up to five keywords and by a short abstract (550 characters, spaces included) outlining the paper’s aims, main conclusions, and, if applicable, the methodology used.


Submitted papers will be carefully evaluated in terms of originality, significance, methodological soundness and clarity of expression. The criteria for selection are:
• Relevance to the conference
• Originality of the research
• Quality and rigour of research
• Clarity of presentation


Conference Presentation and Publication
Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend and present their paper at the conference. The author(s) will give a 15-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A session. All accepted papers will be published in a special issue of Tafter Journal on “Festivals: audience, funding and sustainability”. These are original works which must not be submitted concurrently to another publication venue in whole or in part.


Important Dates

– Submission opens: January 20, 2014
– Deadline Paper Submission: March 31, 2014
– Notification of 1st Proof Read: May 10, 2014
– Deadline Revision: June 10, 2014
– Notification of 2nd Proof Read: July 10, 2014
– Final Submission: August 10, 2014


Download here the Call for Papers


For further information about the Call for Papers, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to



LOOP Studies aims at contributing to innovation and creativity in the field of culture and at same time at creating a meeting point to develop synergies and collaboration opportunities between different agents in the cultural sector.

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