The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is a national not for profit trade association and the UK’s leading festival representative body. Our mission is to represent, empower and provide a vital support network to our unique network of member festival organisers.

Stay in Touch


Growing membership

We represent over 100 UK festivals


Unique network of promoters

Enabling festival organisers to connect with each other


Government lobbying

Providing a collective voice for independent festivals


Festival Congress

UK’s largest gathering of independent festivals

Members join from just

£535 +vat

  • Exchange insights and develop contacts through online member meetings, a members-only Slack Channel and in-person events with over 100 UK festivals
  • Be part of AIF's collective voice talking to UK Government, Scottish Govt and the Senedd Cymru, advising and lobbying on policy, support and initiatives for independent festivals
  • Make savings and improve efficiency by being part of AIF lead pilot schemes and collective work
  • Free online training and events for you and your team
  • Be part of the new Festival All Party Parliamentary Group (formed by AIF) meeting MPs to discuss festivals
  • Access a free legal helpline when you need legal advice
  • Get media opportunities through AIF lead stories
  • Free & discounted tickets to Festival Congress, AIF’s annual flagship pre-season event for the independent festival sector
  • One-to-One advice on a range of issues from our experienced team and partners
  • Be part of AIF lead audience or industry facing campaigns, such as the First Festival and Safer Spaces Campaigns
  • Access our bespoke PRS disputes resolution service
  • Receive regular updates on festival specific issues and wider industry related news
  • Download specialist resources, including market data, trends, surveys and reports
  • Take up a festival accountancy health check
  • Make savings and discounts by introductions to participants of the Friends of AIF Scheme
  • Save money on industry events such as the International Festival Forum (IFF) and LIVE Awards

Friends join from just

£1200 +vat

  • 2 mailers a year direct to membership
  • Priority recommendation for festivals seeking suppliers
  • Opportunity to attend annual networking dinner with selection of member festivals
  • First refusal on bespoke event sponsorship opportunities
  • One free ticket, and discounted additional tickets, to AIF’s annual Festival Congress
  • 50% off Festival Congress exhibitor spots
  • Opportunity to create webinars or resources for AIF members
  • Spotlight opportunities in the AIF newsletter
  • Opportunity to headline sponsor key AIF reports and publications and be included in media PR
  • Listing on the AIF website directory
  • Inclusion in AIF’s new annual Festival Forecast Report
  • Inclusion in AIF’s new Annual Report

Largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK

Festival Congress is the annual flagship event organised by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF). It is the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, with over 300 industry delegates.

Find out more

Our initiatives

Galop LGBT+ Messaging for Events – Safer Spaces

Added: 26 Jun 2023
View all


Festival Congress 2024 Schedule
Download [ pdf ]
Added: 15 Jan 2024
View all

Partners of AIF

FRIENDS OF AIF / Event Buyers Live

Event Buyers Live (EBL) is an annual event designed for event professionals. EBL offers multiple opportunities to exchange best practices, network, and procure suppliers. Branded as “The Place…

More details