Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR

Thursday 1st February 2024

About Us

Festival Congress

Festival Congress is the annual flagship event organised by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF). It is the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, with over 350 industry delegates expected to attend in 2024.

Attended by 74% of AIF members on average, with an average total of 352 attendees each year (from 2014-2019), the Congress has rapidly evolved to become a fixture and must attend event in the festival industry calendar. 

Festival Congress returns to Bristol in 2024 on Thursday 1st February.  The event will be held at Bristol Beacon. 

Festival Congress is a unique B2B networking event and has a progressive and innovative format, including high profile keynotes, engaging panel sessions, TED x style quick fire talks, breakout workshops and fireside chats with experts and inspiring personalities from across the festival and events world.


Event Schedule


2024 speaker announcement coming soon

Our Sponsors

Event Sponsorship & Media Partners


Travel & Accommodation


Nearest train station: Bristol Temple Meads

We have secured a conference rate with GWR. Return tickets are available from London for just £44. 

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Parking: NCP next door to the hotel – special overnight deal for residents @ just £12.00 per exit 


Event Location



Conference: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR.


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We aim to make Festival Congress as accessible as possible. 

You can find Bristol Beacon’s accessibility information here.

If you require further information or want to make us aware of any accessibility requirements, please email Individual support will be offered on request.

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