The Association Of Independent Festivals (AIF) has revealed details of Festival Futures, a new series of events to be run in conjunction with BIMM.
The new initiative will start with two one-day conference events at BIMM campuses in Brighton and Manchester on April 5 and 7 respectively.
The events will feature keynote speeches from promoters such as Kendal Calling and Forgotten Fields director Ben Robinson and The Eden Sessions, Wilderness and Citadel promoter John Empson. There will also be a number of quick-fire Talking Heads sessions and fireside chats with industry experts.
“These conferences will have an extremely forward thinking agenda, exploring the future of the industry from various angles at the tip of the 2016 season,” said AIF general manager Paul Reed (pictured). “From quick fire Talking Heads sessions to more in-depth fireside chats, we’re looking forward to an action packed and informative couple of days in Brighton and Manchester this April”.
Confirmed speakers include Sabotage Media founder Sammy Andrews, Music Venue Trust founder and CEO Mark Davyd, Sarah Bird (director – Wild Rumpus, Just So Festival), Mark Laurie (director – NCASS), Nick Lawrence (CEO – NWN Blue Squared LTD) and Andy Lenthall (general manager – Production Services Association).
Topics for discussion will include the importance of multi-arts events and family content, the food revolution at festivals, connections between streaming platforms and ticketing, event safety, festival finance, the importance of grassroots venues and connections to festivals and what the impact of virtual reality and other new tech on the marketplace could be.
“Our event management and business students will be helping to run the conferences, as well as attend the events to learn more about the festival industry and network with our high profile guests,” added BIMM artist promotion and festival manager Suzi Ireland.
Tickets for each event, presented in association with ticketing partner Skiddle, are priced £50 for AIF members and £100 for non-members.