Topics, Speakers & Showcases

AFO Conference kicks off on Friday night with a New Festivals Welcome and an introduction to Sark Roots Festival.

Friday's Showcase Concert has performances from Jack CartyHot Rock Pilgrims, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow and The Roving Crows.  A must for festival bookers.

Confirmed Agenda will include:

- An introduction to Sark Roots Festival
- The Power To Choose Your Power
- Local Music Venues - Mark Davyd (MVT)
- Crisis Management - Marie Lacey (DRP Group)
Non-Music Programming - Mark Clarke
- Engaging Your Community - panel/discussion
- The Social Impact Of Your Festival - Teresa Moore (A Greener Festival)
- The World Of Food On Your Plate - Mark Laurie (NCASS)
- Copy Writing Made Easy - Al Best (EntsWeb)
Assume It Will Rain - panel/discussion
Dancing - Strictly - panel/discussion
- A Beginners Guide - Steve Heap (AFO Gen Sec)
- Talk To Your Council - Andy Grove (Highgrove Events)
- Festivals I Have Missed - Mike Bushell (BBC Breakfast)
- Round-tables and ONE2ONE's with Fundraising, Finance, Insurance and Legal Issues
- Stewards and Volunteers Accreditation - panel/discussion
- Loads of CASH for you - glamping panel
- Disabled Customers Buy Tickets Too - Mark Austin (NIMBUS Disability)

Guardian journalist Colin Irwin chats to internationally renowned guitarist Martin Simpson.

Saturday's Showcase Concert has performances from Banter, MarkMark ProductionsOPERAleleHarbottle & JonasKlonk and a special surprise guest.  A must for festival bookers.

Plus a bustling Trade Market.

Don't miss this annual chance to get amongst festivals and events to learn, exchange and plan.

More topics and speakers to be announced over the coming weeks. AFO reserves the right to amend the Conference agenda if required.

Listen to our 2016 AFO Showcase playlist featuring a selection of Showcase Artists.  
Many thanks to Andrew Sharpe for putting together the playlist.