AIF Initiatives

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Safer Spaces at Festivals

To raise greater awareness about sexual violence across everyone from audiences to artists to staff and volunteers - and to spread some key messages around "consent", about "not being a bystander" and to take a "zero tolerance" approach to all forms of sexual assault.

Festival Congress

AIF’s flagship event, The Festival Congress is set to take place on the 17th and 18th October in Cardiff, where AIF will host the best independent festival conference around, a festival industry party, and the first AIF AGM. Brace yourself for an awards party with a difference, where we give recognition to those that excelled in the festival world this season. The Festival Congress will undoubtedly be the ultimate festival celebration!

Access Starts Online

Access Starts Online launched at the Festival Congress in 2015 as a partnership with Attitude Is Everything.

Fair Play For Festivals

The 'Fair Play For Festivals' agreement was launched at the Festival Congress 2015 in partnership with The MU (Musicians Union).

Legal Highs

Working with expert drug charities and services, the AIF planned and organised a coordinated blackout of festival websites to raise awareness of legal highs on 05/05. The campaign involved 26 festivals and gained national media from the likes of BBC, Sky News and The Guardian, reaching 9 million people through websites and twitter.

Festival Fuel Tool

Festivals organisers can now use a free online tool to check their energy performance in less than a minute. Supported by AIF and produced by not for profit industry think-do tank Powerful Thinking, this simple tool asks a series of questions and provides the user with an energy rating based on industry benchmarks.

BBC Introducing

The AIF has a continuing partnership with BBC Introducing to place the UK’s top emerging acts with the most successful and creative Independent festivals each year.

Fair Ticketing Charter

We created the fair ticketing charter to unite the industry in taking a stance against secondary ticketing and to collectively adopt best practice in tackling this issue. Alongside all of our member festivals, major Managers, Agents and Artists have signed up including Radiohead, Annie Lennox, Wildlife Entertainment and 13 Artists.