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Festival Vision:2025 Pledge

Festival Vision:2025 Pledge

The Festival Vision: 2025 aims to achieve a 50% reduction in festival-related annual GHG emissions by 2025. So far the AIF festivals who have signed up to the pledge include Bestival, Shambala, Splore, Just So Festival, Starry Skies alongside quite a few festivals outside the AIF membership. Powerful Thinking is aiming to get up to 100 festivals to sign up…

The Great Escape 2016

The Great Escape 2016

Hundreds of artists have been announced for this year’s Great Escape Festival taking place in Brighton from the 19th-21st May. Recently announced artists include The Joy Formidable, Craig David’s TS5, The Hunna, Clean Cut Kid and The Rubens. Topics announced for the convention so far include CMU Insights strand- ‘Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let’s make buzzwords happen!‘, ‘What if YouTube actually…

Attitude Is Everything Release State Of Access Report

Attitude Is Everything Release State Of Access Report

Attitude is Everything published its third State of Access Report last week, which provides an overview of UK live music accessibility and the barriers that disabled music fans are facing at gigs and festivals. The report follows the launch of Access Starts Online which AIF launched as a joint initiative with AIE at the Festival Congress in 2015. The state…

AIF Announces Festival Futures Conferences

AIF Announces Festival Futures Conferences

After a successful two years establishing and selling out the Festival Congress in Cardiff as a leading festival industry event, The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) announces ‘Festival Futures’- two co-ordinated one-day conference events in Brighton and Manchester this April. These will feature festival promoter keynotes, quick fire ‘Talking Heads’ sessions and fireside chats with industry experts alongside opportunities for…

UK Festivals Fundraiser For Refugees

UK Festivals Fundraiser For Refugees

22 of the UK’s leading independent and grass roots festivals have come together with the aim of raising urgent funds and awareness for refugees in Northern France. The festivals, which include Beat-Herder, Bestival, BoomTown Fair, Camp Bestival, Kendal Calling, Love Saves the Day, Larmer Tree, Outlook, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, WOMAD and many more are all offering a pair of…

NOWIE Event Announced

NOWIE Event Announced

The Network of Women in Events (NOWIE) will be holding a networking event on Tuesday 8th March in Leeds city centre. This is will be a very sociable opportunity to meet and connect with other women working in a wide variety of roles throughout the breadth of the events industry. Previous events have seen attendees from conferences and exhibition organisers…

9 AIF members sign up to 'Access Starts Online'

9 AIF members sign up to ‘Access Starts Online’

‘Access Starts Online’ is the accessibility information partnership between AIF and Attitude Is Everything and 9 AIF members have now signed up to the initiative in less than 3 months. ArcTanGent, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Common People, Cornbury, Deershed, Just So, Kendal Calling and Nozstock The Hidden Valley are the AIF members who have signed up so far providing disabled fans with…

Northern Festivals Network Awarded Arts Council Funding

Northern Festivals Network Awarded Arts Council Funding

The Northern Festivals Network has been awarded £179, 500 in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund to deliver spellbinding arts programming for family audiences and build a resilient sector with increased collaboration between artists, venues and festivals until 2018. The Northern Festivals Network is led by Wild Rumpus, award-winning producers of the Just So Festival and…

A Greener Festival Awards 2016

A Greener Festival Awards 2016

The Greener Festival awards are back in 2016 after having a break in 2015 to restructure. The awards have been running for 10 years and were created to raise awareness about the environmental impact of festivals. There are 2 main new elements to the awards: 1. The self assessment takes organisers through the process of creating an environmental impact assessment…

Event Magazine's Festival Sponsorship Trends Report

Event Magazine’s Festival Sponsorship Trends Report

Event Magazine recently published a report on research they conducted regarding sponsorship activations onsite at festivals in 2015. After looking at 15 different UK festivals they found that size and attendance of the event didn’t correlate with how many activations were taking place onsite and ‘experiential’ activities were dominated by alcohol brands. Twenty-six per cent of the 74 brands activating…

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