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Annual AIF Festival Congress and awards return in October


The Association of Independent Festivals will host a two-day conference and the Independent Festival Awards in Cardiff in October. The fourth annual Festival Congress will welcome 400 delegates at the National Museum Cardiff and Wales Millennium Centre to debate industry issues, provide workshops and host speakers.

Extending the ‘Pseudoscience’ theme of this year, the first day of the conference will be at National Museum Cardiff on Monday, October 30th. There will be a headline panel discussion on AIF’s ‘Safer Spaces’ campaign featuring Kate Lloyd (Features Editor, Time Out), Rebecca Hitchen (Rape Crisis South London), Tracey Wise (Safe Gigs for Women) and Ami Lord (Standon Calling) in addition to a ‘Question time’ style political debate that will include UK Music CEO Michael Dugher and YouRope General Secretary Christof Huber.

The second day at the Wales Millennium Centre will feature a day of smaller-scale panels and workshops entitled ‘Festivals Under the Microscope’ on Tuesday, October 31st. There will be 15 workshops with topics ranging from counter terrorism training, crisis communications, digital marketing trends and staff welfare to direct licensing, festival growing pains, Instagram for Live Events delivered by Music Ally and top tips for contingency planning delivered by the Event safety Shop.

AIF is also partnering with Musicians Union for a discussion of gender and line-ups at festivals featuring MU artists and AIF promoters. Previously-announced speakers include a keynote from John McGrath (Artistic Director, Manchester International Festival), Zoe Cormier (Author of ‘Sex, Drugs & Rock N Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science’) and John Kampfner (Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation).

AIF General Manager Paul Reed said: “Following an eventful season, Festival Congress is an invaluable forum to debate the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the festival sector. We’re pleased to announce our most eclectic group of speakers and topics yet. From a day at the museum to the awards party and a packed day of festivals under the microscope, the event promises be a fun and informative couple of days.”

The Independent Festival Awards will be held in the evening of Monday, October 30th October at DEPOT, Cardiff, followed by a dedicated after party at The Big Top venue. Awards nominees will be announced in October.

For tickets priced from £100 and details go to [festivalcongress.com]http://www.festivalcongress.com).

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