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Eventbrite - The Association of Festival Organisers Conference 2017

If you have anything to do with the festival and event industry, where else would you be on the weekend of 10-12 November?  You got it …you cannot afford to miss the best networking opportunity this year at The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) Conference.

Join over 250 Delegates, both professionals and volunteers, at Ettington Chase Conference Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon to discuss the hot topics affecting our industry today. Talk with loads of other people in the festival world, meet other organisers who paddle the same canoe as you and hear the wise words of experts in their field. AFO Conference is the place for everything festivals and events!

This year's speaker list includes:

- Mike Bushell, (BBC Breakfast)
- The Colin Irwin Interview - join the Guardian journalist as his shares the famous AFO armchairs with a prominent personality 
- Engaging Your Community: the links between local venues and festivals - Mark David (Music Venue Trust)
- Marie Lacey
 (DRP Group)
- Copywriting to Improve Sales  - Al Best (Entsweb)
- Legal Advice - Jon Payne (LSL Solicitors)

Other confirmed topics include: 

- Crowd Funding
- Fire Insurance
- New Licensing Regulations
- Trust in the Management
- How to Improve Growth of Your Event
- Can Artists Assist Marketing?
- Medical Cover
- Support from Local Authorities – it’s not just cash
- Dance (in several forms)
- Apprentices in the Events Industry  
- Stage Management Workshop
- Beginners Guide
- The World is Your Plate
- Programming Non Music
- Stewards' Accreditation

More topics and speakers to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Trade Market is booking up fast. Traders so far include Awen UKDCRSDerek Block ConcertsEcosse Music Promotions, Folk Arts Oxford, GigLoo, Gofer Hospitality GuaranteedThe Morris Federation and NMTF Ltd 

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.  

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 lioux@festivalorganisers.org

 


 

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

“The AFO Conference is an event you should attend if you are serious about running a festival" Regent Music

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 most useful trade event I have attended all year. Focused, informative, well organised and enjoyable. What more can you ask for?” Pip Martin, Midnight Mango

 


 

Trade Stands and Goodie Bags

Throughout the Conference there is a dedicated Trade & Agents Market, giving you the opportunity to talk to artists’ agents and event suppliers. Past traders have included medical care, temporary roadway, mobile bars, fireworks, ticket suppliers and even balloon modelling and street entertainment!

It's the ideal opportunity to sell your product or service by having a stand at the Conference and meeting hundreds of potential customers OR by placing an insert in the Delegate Goodie bag or both!

 


 

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:

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What happened last time?

Read the 2016 Conference Report here

The 2016 Agenda

 


 

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Looking for training in a particular area, or just a refresher for new team members? 

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This year's speaker list includes:

- Mike Bushell, (BBC Breakfast)
- The Colin Irwin Interview - join the Guardian journalist as his shares the famous AFO armchairs with a prominent personality 
- Engaging Your Community: the links between local venues and festivals - Mark David (Music Venue Trust)
- Marie Lacey
 (DRP Group)
- Copywriting to Improve Sales  - Al Best (Entsweb)
- Legal Advice - Jon Payne (LSL Solicitors)


Other confirmed topics include: 

- Crowd funding
- PRS for Music
- Fire Insurance
- New Licensing Regulations
- Trust in the Management
- How to Improve Growth of Your Event
- Can Artists Assist Marketing?
-  Medical Cover
- Support from Local Authorities – it’s not just cash
- Dance (in several forms)
-  Apprentices in the Events Industry  
- Stage Management Workshop
- Beginners guide
- The world is your plate
- Programming non music
- Stewards' Accreditation

More topics and speakers to be announced over the coming weeks.