Special Double Issue

Festivals dot the Canadian theatre and performance landscape, turning small towns into tourist destinations, and urban centres into festival cities. This issue of Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada focuses not on the large-scale, elite festivals that participate in the spectacularized economy of globalized marketability, nor on the neo-liberal and exploitative free-market of the open-access fringe circuit, but on small, focused, and arguably more culturally productive festivals working within specific local communities. Its articles and focused forum section are intended to initiate, spur, and inspire further work on the complex and burgeoning activity known as ‘festivalization’.