The Eudemonic and Hedonic Impacts of Attending Live and Virtual Music and Art Events
Keywords:Events, Impacts, Music and Art Events, Eudaimonia Hedonia
This paper examines the under-investigated well-being impacts of arts and music events attendance, in both a live and virtual capacity. Using eudaimonia and hedonia as a measure for well-being, three objectives were investigated; 1) Do live arts and music events meet attendees eudemonic and hedonic needs? 2) Do virtual arts and music events meet attendees eudemonic and hedonic needs? 3) How do live and virtual music and art events compare in meeting attendees eudemonic and hedonic needs? The study focused on attendee’s experiences having attended both live and virtual events. Using nine semi-structured interviews this research found that live music and art events offer more eudemonic and hedonic impacts for the attendee than virtual events. Additionally, participants at live events experienced hedonia, although it was unclear whether all participants experienced eudaimonia, achieving overall well-being. Participants of virtual events, on the other hand felt that the social aspects and atmosphere were lacking, while a few of the participants did not achieve any eudemonic or hedonic impacts on their well-being.
Copyright (c) 2022 Philippa Kirwan, Samantha Morris
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Copyright to works published in Events and Tourism Review is retained by the author(s).