AFO Conference 2017 Hot topics, guest speakers and networking opportunities galore!

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The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) Conference is the place for everything festivals and events.  Over 250 delegates, both professionals and volunteers, will be gathering to discuss the hot topics affecting our industry today.  This year’s dates are 10-12 November 2017 at Ettington Chase Conference Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. See for full details and to book.

Steve Heap, General Secretary of AFO says “We are pleased to announce that BBC Breakfast’s Mike Bushell will be joining us to talk about his experiences of all kinds of festivals.”

Other speakers joining the agenda with Mike include:
The Colin Irwin Interview – join the Guardian journalist as his shares the famous AFO armchairs with a prominent personality
Copywriting to Improve Sales  – Al Best (EntsWeb)
Engaging Your Community: the links between local venues and festivals – Mark David (Music Venue Trust)
Legal Advice – Jon Payne (LSL Solicitors)

Other confirmed topics include: PRS for Music; New Licensing Regulations; Trust in the Management; How to Improve Growth of Your Event; Can Artists Assist Marketing?; Medical Cover; Support from Local Authorities – it’s not just cash; Dance (in all its styles) and Apprentices in the Events Industry.  Plus a workshop on Stage Management and one of the current hot topics – Fire Insurance.
More topics and speakers to be announced over the coming weeks.

Steve adds “Several other invitations are out there to a wide variety of guest speakers, including The Walt Disney Organisation, Glastonbury Festival and key artists, managers and agents.”

The two Showcase Concerts lined up for Friday and Saturday nights will feature a wide range of musical genres; find the perfect artist for your festival bill.  As we go to print the AFO Trade Market is almost full with suppliers, agents, managers, bars, catering and much more.

Delegate Passes are on sale at the early bird rate of £110 for AFO members, £135 for non-members (until 30 September 2017).  Trade Stands are £300 for AFO members and £500 for non-members.  Book via the AFO website at

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