Community building through events

Project: Research

Project Details


Events play an increasingly big role in our society. Whereas events were mainly considered entertainment in the past, the social function of events is becoming more and more apparent, in particular, in the field of social bonding and in creating a feeling of solidarity.

During an event, visitors identify with a theme or topic, and interact with each other about it. Thanks to social media, they can continue these interactions online, which leads to a hybrid network of individuals sharing the same interests. Eventually, this may lead to forming new communities, who communicate with each other both online and offline. However, it is not clear yet how exactly these new communities are being created.

This PhD research studies the online and offline interaction rituals of various events and online communities. Through interviews and participating observations at events such as Redhead Days and the Elfia fantasy event, processes are mapped out that result in forming communities at and around events.

Partner: Tilburg University
Effective start/end date1/10/1530/09/19


  • NWO Doctoral Grant for Teachers


  • Events
  • online interaction
  • offline interaction
  • online communities
  • community building
  • social cohesion

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  • Research Output

    Events and online interaction: the construction of hybrid event communities

    Simons, IPP., 2018, In : Leisure Studies. 38, 2, p. 145-159 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    The practices of the eventful city : the case of incubate festival

    Simons, IPP., 20 Nov 2017, In : Event Management. 21, 5, p. 593-608 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    200 Downloads (Pure)