Its no wonder that in Spain, small populations take advantage of the festival to generate commercial and recreational activities. They turn a public space into a meeting place, and that is exactly what I felt last fall when we were at the Duluth Festival. There were many area businesses, from multinationals to family businesses, that would display their work, handing out leaflets and some even giving samples.
There were also artisan groups who shared their works and used the place to demonstrate in front of the council facilities. The center of Duluth spreads out onto a few streets, but the institutional buildings are easy to spot and people value the parks and surrounding activities.