JOHN MCGRATH KEYNOTE – MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL QUESTION TIME
AIF General Manager Paul Reed, UK Music’s Michael Dugher and Yourope’s Christof Huber discuss what Brexit means for the live music business, YouRope’s ‘Take a Stand’ initiative and political activism at festivals.
SAFER SPACES PANEL
Spotlighting AIF’s 2017 sexual assault awareness campaign, in a discussion involving participating festivals and partners, reflecting on the campaign and exploring impact and next steps. Renae Brown (AIF, Chairing), Kate Lloyd (Journalist), Rebecca Hitchen (Rape Crisis), Tracey Wise (Safe Gigs for Women) and Ami Lord (Standon Calling).
FESTIVAL GROWING PAINS PANEL
Growth is a common objective of almost all festival organisers to increase revenue but what about managing the process? This will be a confessional discussion about why we want to grow our festivals in the first place, how to do it and if in fact we should be striving for it at all. Chaired by Oliver Jones from Deer Shed Festival and including Goc O’Callgahan (ArcTanGent), Andy Smith (Kendal Calling) and Terri Hall (Victorious Festival).