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AFO Conference Agenda 2021

The next Conference will be streamed online on Saturday 20 February 2021.  More details will appear here as they become available.

AFO Conference 2019
Over 120 Delegates representing 28 festivals, 8 traders & suppliers and 33 speakers and panellists attended Conference (8-10 November) in Stratford upon Avon.  A vast array of subjects were covered in panels, debates and presentations, ranging from Tricks to Sell More Tickets, WiFi, Cashless Payments, Quality Production, Women in the Driving Seat, Markets and a light-hearted look at Festivals and Events through Room 101.

A drinks reception (sponsored by ), followed an insight into the Keswick Mountain Festival, followed on Saturday morning with our keynote session on Sustainability led by the team from VISION:2025.  The day rounded off with Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span being quizzed by Guardian journalist Colin Irwin.

Sunday gave delegates a chance to get closer to Insurance, Grant Funding, Legal Issues and even a Beginners Guide in round-table sessions.

Good food and drink, a Showcase concert and hours of quality networking gave delegates an all-round working weekend to set them up for a busy 2020 season.  Then of course COVID-19 arrived.

Read the AFO Conference Agenda 2019

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