AIF Announces Festival Futures Conferences

05 Feb 2016

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 networking with the leading lights of the festival world.

All day conference events, presented in association with leading music education provider BIMM and ticketing agency Skiddle, these all day events will take place at BIMM Brighton (Tuesday 5th April) and BIMM Manchester (Thursday 7th April), with a mix of BIMM students, industry and those interested in industry expected to attend.

The importance of multi-arts and family content

The food revolution at festivals

Connections between streaming platforms and ticketing

The impact of virtual reality and other new tech

Event safety

Festival finances

Drugs awareness

The importance of grassroots venues and connections with festivals

The politics of participation


Festival promoter keynotes from Ben Robinson (Kendal Calling, Forgotten Fields / Blue Dot) and John Empson (The Eden Sessions / Wilderness/ Citadel)- organisers will tell the story of their events and how the festival landscape has changed, alongside looking to what the future holds for the industry.

Other confirmed speakers include Sammy Andrews (Founder- Sabotage Media), Sarah Bird (Director- Wild Rumpus, Just So Festival), Mark Laurie (Director- NCASS) and Andy Lenthall (General Manager – Production Services Association).

For conference timings, speaker information and tickets head over here-