AIF Announcements

AIF Statement In Response to Brexit

AIF Statement In Response to Brexit

Following the referendum decision to leave the European Union, AIF would like to reassure our members that we will continue to represent the best interests of the UK independent festival sector and will be working hard in the coming months with our members and the wider industry to fully understand the ramifications. The festival market has developed as a truly…

Tickets on sale and first details announced for Festival Congress 2016

Tickets on sale and first details announced for Festival Congress 2016

AIF Confirms Flagship Event Dates & Program  The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), the London based trade association that represents UK festival organisers, has announced the dates of Festival Congress, which will take place in Cardiff for the third year running later this year. Confirmed for 1st and 2nd November 2016 Festival Congress, which will take place at the Wales…

#FestFutures Round Up

#FestFutures Round Up

Last week we launched Festival Futures in Brighton & Manchester and some really interesting and thought provoking content came out of it. We had John Empson (Eden Sessions) and Ben Robinson (Kendal Calling) delivering the keynotes in each city which were equal parts inspiring and full of practical advice (don’t drive Florence Welch into a tree stands out as one hot…

Organising a Festival? How To Write A Health & Safety Plan

Organising a Festival? How To Write A Health & Safety Plan

Festival organisers have a huge amount of responsibility when it comes to event health and safety, particularly with the changes in legislation last year known as CDM 2015. Our resources area contains lots of useful resources including a new guide on How to Write an Event Safety Plan from Event Safety Plan.

Final Speakers and Schedule Announced for Festival Futures

Final Speakers and Schedule Announced for Festival Futures

With less than a month to go before the first Festival Futures Conferences kick off in Brighton and Manchester, AIF have released the final speaker lineup and full conference schedule. The final speakers announced include Katy Mcleod (Chill Welfare), Sean McLoughlin (Metal/Village Green Festival), Adrian Tinsen and Gavin Bull (HM Inspectors of Health & Safety). Tickets for each event include entry to…

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…

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…

Festival Congress Wrap Up and Thank You's

Festival Congress Wrap Up and Thank You’s

The second annual Festival Congress returned to Cardiff again earlier this month and was also sold out again! We had a wonderful two days of conference panels, presentations, workshops and quick-fire talks along with a fun evening at the Festival Congress awards in the middle. We also launched two campaigns with The MU – ‘The Fair Play For Festivals‘ emerging…

Festival Congress Award Winners Announced

Festival Congress Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2015 Festival Congress Awards announced The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the winners of the 2015 Festival Congress Awards at a ceremony in Cardiff. The Festival Congress Awards celebrate the diverse and creative community that makes the festival landscape what it is. Hosted by Ben Challis (General Counsel to Glastonbury Festival)the ceremony took place on…

AIF & The MU launch 'Fair Play For Festivals' emerging artists agreement

AIF & The MU launch ‘Fair Play For Festivals’ emerging artists agreement

The Association of Independent Festivals and The Musicians’ Union announce details of ‘Fair Play for Festivals’ agreement   The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and the Musicians’ Union (MU) today announced details of an agreement that will mutually benefit emerging artists who are represented by the MU and the AIF’s 55member festivals. The ‘Fair Play for Festivals’ agreement will formalise…

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