Measuring the dimensions of event experiences: applying the Event Experience Scale to cultural events

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This paper applies the Event Experiences Scale (EES) to seven cultural events in different countries with the aim of identifying generic dimensions of event experience. Exploratory factor analysis indicated the presence of four experience dimensions: cognitive engagement, affective engagement, physical engagement and novelty. These broadly reflect the four dimensions found in the original EES study [de Geus, S., Richards, G., & Toepoel, V. (2016). Conceptualisation and operationalisation of event and festival experiences: Creation of an event experience scale. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 16(3), 274–296]. In the cultural events analysed here, the cognitive dimension is strongest, followed by affective engagement, novelty and finally physical engagement. The experience dimensions are shown to vary significantly between visitor groups (particularly in terms of age) and by event location or context. Analysis of social media use shows that experiences also vary significantly through the stages of the ‘event journey’, with affective engagement being particularly prominent during and after the event.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-436
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2019


  • Events
  • event journey
  • event visitors
  • experience engagement
  • experiences
  • social media


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