March 2017

PR & Marketing For Festivals – Training Day

AIF presents an all-day marketing and PR training day for members and non-member festivals. Featuring a panel discussion, festival case studies and fireside chats, the day will provide insight into various areas of effective marketing and PR. The event will feature guest speakers from YouTube, Eastern Electrics, The Zeitgeist Agency, Wigwam and Streetteam. EVENT INFORMATION WHEN: 10am-6pm Thursday 2nd March WHERE: Wilton’s Music Hall (1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB). COST: £50+VAT for AIF members, £100+VAT for non-members, includes…

October 2017

AIF’s Festival Congress 2017

ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT FESTIVALS ANNOUNCE CORE PROGRAMME AND MORE SPEAKERS FOR FESTIVAL CONGRESS 2017 TICKETS ON SALE NOW The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced further details of its flagship event in Cardiff, featuring a two-day conference and Independent Festival Awards. Confirmed for the 30th and 31st October, the fourth annual Festival Congress will play host to over 400 delegates and is expected to be the final year in Cardiff.    Extending the ‘Pseudoscience’ theme of this year, the…

February 2018



November 2018

Festival Congress

AIF’s annual flagship Festival Congress will take place in Sheffield on November 6th and 7th this year. The move to Sheffield follows four consecutive sold-out years in Cardiff. The fifth annual Festival Congress is expected to attract over 400 delegates. The first day of the conference will take place at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre with the second day held the Showroom Cinema. The Independent Festival Awards will take place at 92 Burton Road – a warehouse venue that is well known…

March 2019

Sustainability Training Day

Following on from 2018’s #DrasticOnPlastic campaign, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) are pleased to announce a sustainability training day to offer festival organisers practical tips and information on running a greener and more environmentally sustainable event. With speakers confirmed from the likes of Julie’s Bicycle, SMART power, NCASS and Powerful Thinking alongside AIF members including Shambala and Greenbelt, this intimate training day will feature top tips for running a sustainable event. Topics will include: green riders, energy supply & consumption, reducing pointless plastics, reusable…

April 2019


The Association of Independent Festivals will hold its first AGM as a fully autonomous organisation on Wednesday, April 3. The event will take place at Wilton’s Music Hall in London and will update members and partners about the organisation’s work over the past year, and what it hopes to achieve in 2019. AIF’s Chief Executive Paul Reed said: “We look forward to holding AIF’s first AGM as an independent company and celebrating with members, friends and partners, exactly a year…

May 2019

Members and Friends Networking Drinks

Save the Date! Members and Friends networking drinks in Brighton - Thursday 9th May, 1pm onwards. Venue TBC.

September 2019

Wellbeing for Festivals Training Day

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) are pleased to announce our Wellbeing for Festivals Training Day - a small scale event covering a wide variety of wellbeing and welfare issues relating to staff and audiences. This event will cover topics including mental health, emotional support, disability, accessibility  and sexual safety through a combination of quick-fire talks and more in-depth workshops. The training day will take place on Tuesday 24th September, from 11am - 5pm, at Wilton's Music Hall (Graces Alley,…

November 2019

Festival Congress 2019

The Festival Congress is AIF’s annual flagship event and the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, with over 400 industry delegates expected to attend in 2019. Following five consecutive sold-out events from the event’s inception in 2014, the Congress has rapidly evolved to become a fixture and must attend event in the festival industry calendar. This year, Festival Congress is once again taking place in Sheffield. The conference element will be held across both the Abbeydale Picturehouse Cinema & Social, and…

April 2020


We'll be rounding up 2019, looking ahead to the rest of 2020, and will also be welcoming our new Board Members! We're also very pleased to announce Ruth Daniel (CEO & Artistic Director, In Place Of War) will be joining us as a guest speaker, with the afternoon finished off with some drinks. This is open to all AIF members, friends and external partner organisations. RSVP to Ruth Daniel Ruth is an award winning cultural producer and social entrepreneur with…

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