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AFO Conference 9 - 11 November 2018

Open for Delegate and Trade Bookings 1 May 2018

Join hundreds of other organisers at the 32nd annual Association of Festival Organisers Conference, 9-11 November 2018 at Stratford Manor, Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0PY

Join our email list to find out more.

From Friday evening to late lunch on Sunday, the session rooms and stages are buzzing with headline speakers, presentations, discussions, 'how to do that' sessions and panel debates. There are numerous opportunities to share your knowledge and experience with others.

Expect lively discussions, new ideas, money-saving tips, great networking, interactive presentations and in-depth one2ones.

Open to all in the industry: our delegates are an exciting mix of volunteer and professional festival and event organisers, bringing together teams that have been running for generations with first time organisers, new suppliers with familiar names, programmers and marketing specialists.

Whatever your role or interest in festivals or events, if you are dedicated to learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the scene, you'll find plenty of common ground at AFO Conference.

There are Keynote Speeches, Case Studies, One2Ones with La Playa Insurance Services – check out the AFO special rates for comprehensive cover year-round - Jon Payne from LSL Solicitors will join us to advise on licensing and legal issues.  Keep an eye on the website for confirmed speakers and subjects as they happen.

And you can enjoy some of the best new music with Friday AND Saturday Showcases.

A whole host of industry professionals and lead suppliers together in one space at one Conference. 

AFO Conference is YOUR Conference.  What speakers and sessions would you like to see?  Let us know

Some comments from previous delegates….

"AFO Conference has real integrity as an industry meeting/gathering" Chris Johnson, Shambala Festival / Kambe Events

“Brain buzzing from AFO Conference. Some great sessions, chats, music, links and all round sense of "all being in it together"!” Bob Rushton, Derby Live

“It is a pleasure [to attend AFO Conference] and I always learn something” Danny Kilbride, trac Wales

“A weekend to get right into the mind-set of running a festival” Blokefest

I first did the AFO (Conference) in 1994!...and I still learn something new every year.  I’ll vow to stop when I know it all (i.e. never)” James Shepard, Larmer Tree Festival Director

"The AFO Conference is without question, one of the most important industry events on the calendar."  Craig Bennett, ID&C

Conference Sponsorship

Get great exposure to our delegates with this invaluable opportunity. We have a variety of sponsorship packages available or we can talior make a package to specifically fit your needs. For more information about sponsorship please email the AFO Office or call us on 01629 827014.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners:         

AFO Partners

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APS Accountancy

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La Playa: Insurance with Intelligence

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LSL Solicitors

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