Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Depot, Cardiff


About the event

The two-day conference, evening celebration and awards is The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) flagship event, attracting over 400 delegates from across the festivals and events world each year.



Association of Independent Festivals

WEB: www.aiforg.com

TEL: +44(0)208 994 5599 (ext 2). 

EMAIL: info@aiforg.com


Festival Congress press enquiries- Andy Saunders. andy@velocitypr.co.uk

Tel: +44(0)20 7 060 9111


John Giddings (Isle of Wight Festival / Solo Agency) and Lee Denny (Leefest) in a fireside chat entitled ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience.’ 


Quick fire ‘Talking Heads’ sessions from Simon Parkes (Brixton Academy Founder) and Sammy Andrews (Strategic advisor to music industry and director of entertainment intelligence). 


A discussion led by Zac Fox (Kilimanjaro Live / NOWIE) will exploring gender issues in the industry and possible solutions and there will also be a ‘Festival Frontiers’ panel in which the brightest minds in the industry will reflect on the 2016 season and discuss trends, challenges and the future festival landscape. 


A series of ‘Lucha Libre’ breakout sessions on topics including city festivals and festival finance.

Evening celebration and Congress awards

The legendary Congress party and awards takes place at The Depot, with street food and ‘Purple Rave’ tribute to Prince from Rob da Bank and Tayo 3000. Awards categories include ‘New Festival on the block’, ‘Mind blowing spectacle’, ‘Festival live act of the year’ and ‘Smart marketing’.


Conference address:  Wales Millennium Centre (WMC), Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

Evening celebration address: Depot, Construction House, 22 Dumballs Rd, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 5FE

Hotel Deals

We’ve negotiated a special deal for this year’s Festival Congress with Future Inn Cardiff Bay (9 min walk from the conference venue). They have special rates for delegates but very limited availability. Please call them on 0845 094 5487 and quote 324738. Rooms with bed & breakfast rates are £93.50.

Travelodge Atlantic Wharf is also within walking distance (6 minutes) to the WMC and they have early-bird room only rates starting at £50, which can be booked online here.

Train Deals

Nearest train station is Cardiff Central. We have a deal with Great Western Railway for discount rail travel. Return Standard Class fare from London Paddington is £44, and other stations just around £10 extra. Special fares are also available for First Class travel. These fares are solely for the use of Conference Delegates and when travelling you should present your conference documentation in order to validate the ticket. The tickets can only be purchased using a debit / credit card from the following page on the GWR website

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