Co-performing tourism places: The "Pink Night" festival

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This paper adopts an ecological perspective to analyze the practices and processes inherent in encounters between residents and tourists. The study contributes to the literature on performance and performativity, seen as a novel theoretical approach in tourism studies, by proposing the concept of performative field, which enables a holistic and ecological consideration of the performances and relationships in tourism. This is in contrast with the binary logic emerging from the available studies, where confrontation between “hosts” and “guests” as two well-distinguished performative forces appears to be the norm. The study draws on non-representational theories and illustrates its arguments through an investigation of the “Pink Night” (La Notte Rosa), an annual festival staged along the Romagna coastal region – a most renowned Italian mass-tourism destination.


  • Massimo Giovanardi
  • Andrea Lucarelli
  • Patrick L'Espoir Decosta
External organisations
  • Stockholm University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified


  • performativity, performance, embodiment, inclusive ecology, non-representational, festival
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-115
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes