AIF announces new speakers for The Festival Congress and partnership with BBC Wales Horizons

04 Sep 2014

AIF has announced further details of its brand new annual flagship event, The Festival Congress, which it is bringing to Cardiff on the 17th and 18th of October 2014.

Day one of the congress will involve a series of speeches, presentations and panels with the most experienced professionals in the business, as well as the first official AGM of the AIF. Speakers confirmed include Alison Wenham (AIM); Rob da Bank (Bestival/6 Music);Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport Edwina Hart and Jude Kelly (Artistic Director, Southbank Centre).

Day two includes a panel on curating a festival, hosted by Bethan Elfyn (BBC Radio Wales), plus a number of sessions on topics ranging from festival management to immersive non-musical elements of festivals. In addition, an audience focused panel will hear from festival-goers, asking what they love and hate about the festival experience. Speakers that day include Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury), Ivan Millivojev (Exit Festival) and Pip Rush and Bertie Cole from Arcadia Spectacular.

In addition to the UK’s most exciting festivals, there will also be an international festival spotlight session, supported by the British Council, with the organisers of Hong Kong’s Clockenflap, Breakfest in Colombia and Bushfire Festival in Swaziland confirmed to speak.

The AIF Festival Congress is also partnering with the BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales partnership scheme, Horizons. Horizons artists Casi, Gabrielle Murphy, Kizzy Crawford and Baby Queens, will all showcase at the AIF Festival Congress.

The AIF Festival Congress will host the Festival Congress Celebration, which will include an awards ceremony and after party DJs including BBC Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens, along with Rob da Bank, Chris Tofu (Continental Drifts) and Madame Electrifie.

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