Topic: Culture, sport and tourism

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A blooming international success for Ennis

While any local authority aims for the highly-coveted Tidy Towns Award, this article looks at how Clare County Council’s capital town of Ennis recently achieved international success in the 2023 Communities in Bloom awards ceremony in Canada.

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Arts Council in Northern Ireland

In this article, the Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Liam Hannaway, emphasises the importance of investment in the arts and the risks posed by a continual under-funding of the arts in Northern Ireland, urging caution against further cuts.

Ireland, Northern Ireland Blog-article
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Global Local: Dark tourism

Our special Halloween edition has lessons for every season. We’re taking a look at dark tourism, the multi-billion dollar industry that requires very careful handling by local government. So what are the lessons for local government, how it can be handled in a sensitive and positive way. Includes a new briefing with key lessons drawn…

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Top 15 dark tourism destination recommendations from the LGIU community

Halloween is here! To celebrate LGIU has cast an eye on all things “dark tourism” and compiled a list of the top 15 recommendations of dark tourism worth visiting.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Blog-article With case study

Advice on dark tourism from Salem’s Mayor

In this Q&A interview, the Mayor of Salem, Dominick Pangallo, shares the insights their local government and community have gained as world-recognised leaders in the dark tourism industry. With long-lasting and successful firsthand experience of working in a (sometimes controversial) space like dark tourism comes highly valuable advice that you won’t want to miss.

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“Dark tourism: It’s not as scary as you think!” Interview with an academic expert 

We chatted with Dr. Beth Heidelberg from Minnesota State University to discuss her niche specialism in exploring local government’s relationship with the dark tourism industry, including analysis of hotspots like Salem, Clear Lake, Holcombe and Amityville. This Q&A is a must-read for all who are curious about the real-life implications of these ‘dark’ attractions.

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Of witchcraft and wanderlust: 10 lessons in dark tourism for local government from Salem, Massachusetts

Expert in the relationship between local government and dark tourism, Dr. Beth Wielde Heidelberg from Minnesota State University outlines the lasting legacy of Salem’s dark history and how the town’s local authority, past and present, has embraced the full history. Here’s what others can learn from their approach.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Briefing With case study

Podcast: The under-explored relationship between local government and dark tourism

In this episode, your host, Freya Millard, chats with Dr. Beth Heidelberg from Minnesota State University, Mankato, to discuss her very niche specialism exploring local government’s relationship with the dark tourism industry. Providing insightful case study analysis from her own field research of US dark tourism hotspots like Salem, Clear Lake, Holcombe and Amityville.

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Poll: Help shape our dark tourism and local government research

We’re seeking to understand better the complex industry of dark tourism and its relationship with local government. We want LGIU members and readers to help us. Your input in our poll below can shape the direction of our research in partnership with academics at Minnesota State University.

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Members & Global Local

Global Local: Play!

In this week’s Global Local, we’re taking a fresh look at playful approaches to place making, showing you Denmark's magical playgrounds, new approaches to urban design, child-friendly cities, and making civic engagement and staff training more fun and engaging.

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