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Representation of Reality and Local Visitors’ Sense of Attachment: The Case of the George Town Festival in Malaysia

@ Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism

Online ISSN: 2710-6519

Farhad Fakhrian & Gelareh Abooali 

Abstract:

This study investigated the role of a cultural festival in creating a sense of attachment among local visitors towards the George Town World Heritage site through the artistic representation of neglected outstanding values. This study particularly focused on two issues: the absence of investigations on the success of the George Town Festival (GTF) in creating a sense of attachment toward the George Town World Heritage Site, and the lack of empirical studies on the ability of a representational medium, such as photography, to draw more attention towards a cultural heritage or reality itself. The study employed a qualitative approach whereby a total 43 local visitors were interviewed. Results show that the roles of GTF and photography as a cultural festival and a representational medium, respectively, are vital in creating a sense of attachment toward the George Town World Heritage site. 

Keywords: Representation, sense of attachment, cultural festivals, photography