Festival Congress 2019

This November took our Festival Director and Operations Manager to the Festival Congress in Sheffield. AIF’s annual flagship event is the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, with over 400 industry delegates.

The conference certainly had 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.

The Association of Independent Festivals is the UK’s leading festival representative body. Founded in 2008, the combined attendance of AIF’s 65-member events exceeds 850,000, contributing over £386m to the UK economy annually.
AIF provides a vital support network for independent festivals promoters through members meetings, public-facing campaigns and lobbying, producing conferences and training events and providing business support services to members. AIF member festivals include some of the most successful and innovative festivals in the UK including the likes of Boomtown Fair, Shambala, Victorious, Love Saves The Day, Boardmasters, End of the Road, Kendal Calling and many more.

It was incredibly inspiring to meet these key industry figureheads and learn more about the current festival trends for next season, to network with other passionate festival organisers and celebrate the AIF awards. Cheers to all of the winners and we’ll see you next year!