International Journal of Event and Festival Management

Special Issue
The contribution of festivals and events towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Guest Editors
Ubaldino Couto, Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao SAR, China
Brendon Knott, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
Julie Whitfield, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The SDGs listed below, which are integrated, recognise that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance economic, social and environmental sustainability. The festivals and events industry need to reach these ambitious targets. The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society are necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context. Festivals and events have an opportunity to seize the SDGs as a driver of societal change and business growth.
1. No Poverty
2. Zero Hunger
3. Good Health and Well-Being
4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
6. Clean Water and Sanitation
7. Affordable and Clean Energy
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

10. Reduced Inequalities
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
12. Responsible Production and Consumption
13. Climate Action
14. Life Below Water
15. Life on Land
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
17. Partnerships for the Goals

The aim of the special issue is to showcase how festivals and events are embracing the opportunities that the SDGs present. By using festivals and events to address economic, social and environmental issues, festivals and events are delivering short- and long-term benefits for stakeholders as well as society. This special issue of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management will showcase the latest research on the role of festivals and events in achieving the SDG. In particular, this special issue aims to provide innovative responses to festivals and events which achieve these goals.

We invite conceptual and empirical research articles that show how festivals and events achieve one or more of these goals. This special issue aims to present a collection of latest ideas and research on innovation through sustainable means to transform the world we live in. All submissions must follow IJEFM Author Guidelines. Please submit via the journal’s online submission portal ScholarOne by selecting the appropriate special issue:

Important Dates

Manuscript submission deadline: Rolling submission

Anticipated publication: Summer 2021

Authors are encouraged to send in an abstract for consideration prior to formally submitting a manuscript. Enquiries welcome and should be directed to Corresponding Guest Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..