Festival Congress – Content Update

21 Aug 2015

Taking place in Cardiff on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th November, the Festival Congress returns with a two-day conference at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) and a festival themed evening celebration, awards and street food banquet at The Great Hall, Cardiff University. The early-bird tickets have now ended and general sale tickets are now on sale through UNA: www.unatickets.com

A quick update:

– There will be a keynote from Huw Stephens (Radio One /Sŵn Festival Co-Founder).

– Speakers already confirmed from Bestival, Shambala, Isle of Wight Festival, Truck, Kilimanjaro Live, Liverpool Sound City and more- full speaker announcement in early September.

– Over 50 speakers from across the festival world and beyond.

– BIMM are confirmed as a sponsor and lead educational partner for the Congress – http://www.bimm.co.uk

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Conference topics include:
‘Talking Heads’ sessions: 15 minute quick-fire talks and presentations, with topics ranging from police negotiations to engaging Government in festival and city development, the evolution of advertising, the environmental footprint of festivals, how to achieve effective PR and more.

Festival Frontiers: A headline discussion reflecting on the 2015 season and looking towards the future of festivals, moving beyond the traditional headliner model, the growth of the independent sector and market consolidation in the UK and overseas.

Paradise City: The rise of inner-city, multi-venue festivals and the value of city based festivals on local economies and infrastructure.

Balancing Act: Unique quick-fire insights from festival organisers on balancing deadlines, competition, hype and artistic merit and how to curate the perfect festival.

Creating The New World Order: How visual arts & décor, installations, workshops and creative programming give festival audiences a new world experience and the festival an identity and longevity.

Keeping them coming back: What festivals can learn from the wider industry including agents, managers and tour managers.

Workshops: ‘Digital marketing for festivals’ presented by Motive Unknown, ‘CDM 101’ on Construction, Design and Management (CDM) regulations presented by the Production Services Association (PSA) and ‘Information is Everything’ presented by Attitude is Everything.

More info about the Festival Congress here- www.festivalcongress.com