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Working for and with festivals and events, supporting live arts

AFO: Working for and with festivals and events, supporting live arts

The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene. Created in 1987 with a small gathering of people working in the community festival business, AFO now has over 250 members who exchange ideas and support one another to help develop our sector.

Are you a festival or event organiser, supplier, freelancer or student? If you have anything to do with festivals or events, yes anything, you should join AFO.

The AFO Office is open year round to offer you help and support. Contact us today!

AFO Online Conference February 2022

We are delighted to present our annual AFO Online Conference on 5 February 2022.

After the success of last year’s virtual AFO Conference and with Covid 19 still raging through the country, AFO will present the annual Conference “virtually” on Saturday 5 February from 10am to 6pm.

With this Conference to kick start our season, AFO members and others in the industry will get back to our best.

Panels, speakers, showcase artists are being assembled to include discussions on artists, contracts, crowd control, insurance, accessibility, diversity, the ‘don’t do it’ list, festival support and lobbying, fund raising, British Sign Language and a key musician for the Colin Irwin interview.  Conference will also include showcases of live music and a keynote speaker to raise hopes and stimulate a recovery.

The theme of this year’s Conference will be ‘GETTING BACK TO OUR BEST.  Delegate passes are on sale now HERE,  supported with no booking fee by our good friends TicketSellers.

The virtual platform “REMO” used last year was an overwhelming success, so you have elected to go with it again online on Saturday 5 February.  Open to ALL the people involved in the festival and events world; full time or volunteer, artist or organiser, production team or admin staff, this is THE Conference for festival organisers.  Delegates can join in and network, listen and learn, contribute and teach, share knowledge.  AFO Conference brings together the world of festivals.  Organisers and suppliers can join for just one panel or the whole day – whichever suits your needs – but DO come!

The AFO Conference is open to members and non-members.

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Event Production Show 2022

Attend the community's favourite event of the year at ExCel on 8 and 9 March 2022:


  • Sandra Surtees, Director Shrewsbury Folk Festival

    "AFO membership is particularly good value and even more important these days. Covid-19 has nearly decimated our industry and the AFO is working tirelessly to help in every way it can...I very much appreciate all the work going on behind the scenes to help us come through the other side and thrive. Thanks a million."

  • Rowan Riley, Oundle International Festival

    "What a great bunch you are providing amazing resources and support, especially during these potentially devastating times."

  • John Wirtz, Sore Fingers Summer School

    "I really believe the AFO have played a big part in raising the standards of the UK outdoor festival scene."

  • Joe Heap, Towersey Festival

    "Towersey has been a member of the AFO since its inception. It is without a doubt the most useful trade organisation we could ever be a member of. If you work in Festival or Events in any way, you really must be part of AFO. The advice, the advocacy and lobbying is worth the membership alone."

  • Geoff Leon, Festival Vision

    "The AFO have played a major role in helping start our fledging business and since then the sessions, conferences and contacts are an integral part of our marketing strategy."

  • Alan Castle, Tenterden Folk Festival

    "Many thanks to AFO for their tireless work lobbying the Government and supporting all our festivals especially over the last 12 months."

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