Festival Congress – Speakers Announced

08 Sep 2015

Speakers from Glastonbury, Liverpool Sound City, Bestival, Kilimanjaro Live, Kendal Calling, Isle Of Wight Festival, Truck Festival and more confirmed.

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). There will also be a festival themed evening celebration on the 5th at Cardiff University’s Great Hall with a street food banquet including food from Cardiff’s Hangfire Smokehouse, AIF aftershow DJs including Rob da Bank and The Festival Congress Awards. Tickets are on sale now exclusively through Una Tickets: www.unatickets.com


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Conference topics and speakers include:
‘Talking Heads’ sessions: 15 minute quick-fire talks presented in association with lead educational partner BIMM. Topics include: How advertising has evolved, the parallels between the craft beer and independent festival industries, police negotiations, where UK festivals can improve PR, engaging Government in festival development and ‘Hello Moon’: A remix of sounds from space, delivered by Tim O’Brien- Professor of Astrophysics and Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Speakers include: Dave Steele (Isle of Wight Festival), Liz Hobday (Environment Agency), Katja Hermes (Sound Diplomacy), Andy Saunders (Velocity Communications), Steve Niccolau (Haymarket Media), Esme Collins (The Big Issue), Andy Inglis (5000 Management) + more to be confirmed.

Festival Frontiers: A headline discussion reflecting on the 2015 season and looking towards the future of festivals, including moving beyond traditional headliner models and the growth of the independent sector.
Speakers include: Rob Silver (MAMA/Lovebox), Robert Richards (Glastonbury), Zac Fox (Kilimanjaro Live), Chris Macmeikan (Continental Drifts), Ralph Broadbent (Count of Ten)

Paradise City: The rise of inner-city, multi-venue festivals and the value of city based festivals on local economies and infrastructure.
Speakers include: Dave Pichilingi (Liverpool Sound City), Sarah Nulty (Tramlines), John Helps (Handmade Festival), John Rostron (Sŵn Festival) + more to be confirmed.

Balancing Act: Unique quick-fire insights from festival organisers on balancing deadlines, competition, hype and artistic merit and how to curate the perfect festival.
Speakers include: Rob da Bank (Bestival), Andy Smith (Kendal Calling/Forgotten Fields) + more to be confirmed.

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.
Speakers include: Sid Sharma (Shambala), Walk The Plank + more to be confirmed.

Keeping them coming back: What festivals can learn from the wider industry including agents, managers and tour managers.
Speakers include: Kat Kennedy (Big Life Management) + more to be announced.

Ticket to Ride: The future of the ticketing industry, how technology is transforming audience experiences, ticketing fraud in 2015 and if the amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill have had any impact on secondary ticketing.
Speakers include: Georgina Hollis and Amar Chauhan (Una Tickets), Reg Walker (The Iridium Consultancy) + more to be announced.

Workshops: Include digital marketing for festivals, ‘CDM 101’ and ‘Information is Everything’, focusing on improving accessibility at festivals.

More info here- www.festivalcongress.com