Independent Festival Awards 2019 shortlist revealed

Independent Festival Awards 2019 shortlist revealed

07 Oct 2019

Four new categories including ‘European Festival of the Year’, ‘Backstage Hero’ and ‘In On The Ground floor’ Actor, writer and comedian Thanyia Moore to host Final conference speakers announced including keynote from Owen Kingston, Artistic Director of immersive theatre company Parabolic Theatre Tickets on sale now: festivalcongress.com The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Independent…


AIF announces full conference programme for Festival Congress 2019

AIF announces full conference programme for Festival Congress 2019

02 Sep 2019

Legendary rock photographer Jill Furmanovsky, Rob da Bank’s A-Z Of Festivals podcast with Deershed, Arcadia Spectacular, Sensoria, Rewilding Britain, Extinction Rebellion and more In partnership with Energy Revolution, Festival Congress set to be first travel carbon-neutral events industry conference Today we have announced further details for the 2019 edition of our flagship Festival Congress event in Sheffield on November 6-…


AIF announces Wellbeing for Festivals Training Day

AIF announces Wellbeing for Festivals Training Day

29 Jul 2019

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….


First speakers announced for AIF Festival Congress 2019

First speakers announced for AIF Festival Congress 2019

03 Jul 2019

Flagship festival conference returns to Sheffield on November 6 – 7 Tickets on sale now: FestivalCongress.com Initial speakers and details have been revealed for the 2019 edition of the Association of Independent Festivals’ flagship Festival Congress. The conference, along with The Independent Festival Awards, will return to Sheffield for a second consecutive year on November 6 – 7. Tickets are…


Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events - Festival Vision:2025 launches Crowdfunder

Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events – Festival Vision:2025 launches Crowdfunder

11 Jun 2019

Festival Vision:2025 launches Crowdfunder, inviting everyone in the events industry to be part of an ambitious strategy toward a sustainable events industry, 11th June 2019. The Festival Vision:2025 crowdfunding campaign, launched by not-for-profit group Powerful Thinking, gives the whole live events industry the opportunity to work together and provide leadership around climate breakdown through the Vision 2025’s pioneering strategy. Funding…


Leading industry report reveals extent of UK festival and events diesel emissions and impact on public health

Leading industry report reveals extent of UK festival and events diesel emissions and impact on public health

05 Jun 2019

With diesel emissions becoming an increasing public health concern, World Environment Day on June 5th is focused on air pollution. Award winning environmental sustainability management company Hope Solutions and power management specialists ZAP Concepts have brought together key events industry experts to produce an action research report. Thanks to the collaboration of hundreds of major UK festivals and events, the…


Independent festivals say no to single-use tents

Independent festivals say no to single-use tents

08 May 2019

Association of Independent Festivals calls on major retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop marketing ‘festival tents’ as single-use items Consumer-facing campaign, launching on 8th May, will aim to inspire festival-goers to ‘Take Your Tent Home’ and ‘Say No To Single Use’ Organisers of more than 60 independent festivals across the UK have issued a call to retailers such…


AIF adds 3 new Board members at AGM

AIF adds 3 new Board members at AGM

03 Apr 2019

Rewind Festival’s Katt Lingard, Boardmasters’ Kevin Moore and Nozstock’s Rob Nosworthy join 8 existing Board members  The Association of Independent Festivals added three new Board members at its 2019 AGM today. Rewind Festival’s Katt Lingard, Kevin Moore at Vision Nine (Boardmasters and NASS) and Nozstock’s Rob Nosworthy were all added to the trade body’s Board, increasing its capacity to 11…


4th Annual Industry Green Survey Results Released

4th Annual Industry Green Survey Results Released

06 Mar 2019

Powerful Thinking’s fourth annual Industry Green Survey shows that more event organisers are embedding sustainability into their operations and getting savvy with waste and energy in 2018. 70 events took part in the 4th annual Festival Industry Green Survey for 2018, run by industry steering group Powerful Thinking. The survey asked festivals organisers what sustainability measures they put in place…


AIF Presents: Sustainability Training Day

AIF Presents: Sustainability Training Day

06 Feb 2019

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. This intimate training day will cover topics including green riders, energy supply & consumption, reducing pointless plastics, reusable cup systems and eco wristbands, food waste, communicating sustainability and more,…


AIF launch RAW Bottles partnership with 10% of all sales donated to the AIF Drastic on Plastic Campaign

AIF launch RAW Bottles partnership with 10% of all sales donated to the AIF Drastic on Plastic Campaign

16 Jan 2019

RAW Bottles has become the exclusive reusable bottle supplier to the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF). The partnership is part of a strategic programme to reduce pointless plastic and waste at their events. RAW Bottles is the sister company to RAW Foundation, which jointly produced the AIF’s Drastic on Plastic campaign on Earth Day 2018, when 60 festivals pledged to…


Sentric Music's Guide to Festival Applications 2019

Sentric Music’s Guide to Festival Applications 2019

14 Jan 2019

Want to play at festivals in 2019? Sentric Music have put together this brilliant resource – a guide to festival applications and a comprehensive & ever-expanding list of apply-to-play festivals with the links to send your applications to, and closing dates. Click here to read their guide and browse all the available festivals.