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AIF Presents - The Festival Congress

Association of Independent Festivals

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM - Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM (BST)

AIF Presents - The Festival Congress

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
EARLY BIRD: Full 2 Day Conference & Celebration
EARLY BIRD ticket for the full 2 day conference, plus celebration event including dinner, drinks, awards and entertainment, plus the after party!
Ended £85.00 £0.00 £17.00
Festival Congress Celebration - 7pm - late, Fri 17th Oct
Ticket to the Festival Congress Celebration, including dinner, awards, entertainment and celebration event plus after party on Friday 17th October. These tickets WILL NOT ALLOW ACCESS TO THE CONFERENCE on 17 or 18th Oct.
Ended £80.00 £0.00 £16.00
SATURDAY ONLY Conference Ticket - 18th Oct - Angel Hotel
Ended £50.00 £0.00 £10.00

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Sorry if you missed it this time. If you would still like to come to Cardiff to join 350 Festival Industry professionals, there are still a few tickets available for the after party on 17th October. Click here 

Bringing Independent Festivals together!
Yn cysylltu gwyliau annibynnol! 

AIF’s flagship event, The Festival Congress, is set to take place on the 17th – 18th October in Cardiff, Wales, where the festival industry will come together to network, learn and celebrate!

The Festival Congress is a two-day independent festival conference with relevant and inspiring panels and speakers. Not only this, but we are also gearing up for a momentous awards party! This will be a celebration of the thriving festival community, offering thanks to the teams and the individuals who make the festival season so great – often against the odds. 

With a 3 course dinner, entertainment and an after party, this is the perfect place to bring your festival team for an end of season celebration, whilst being inspired, meeting new and existing partners, collaborators and friends. Open to all involved in festivals – come and join us!

The Festival Congress will run alongside SwN Festival. The Congress is open to all, and a great chance for festival teams to get together for an end of season blowout!

Contact katie@aiforg.com for your AIF member discount codes!

Follow instructions after Festival Congress ticket purchase.

The Festival Congress is supported by the Major Events Unit of Welsh Government, British Council, and the many industry supporters who help to make the festivals happen every year


Friday 18th October

BBC Hoddinott Hall, WMC, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL


*Note: Registration is based at the Angel Hotel. Delegates must go there to collect passes on arrival. (Open from Thursday 1pm – 8pm / Fri 9am – 7pm / Saturday 9am – 6pm)

(Schedule subject to change)

Day 1 will involve a series of speeches, presentations and panels with the most experienced professionals and cutting edge individuals in the business, unveiling of exclusive research and keynote speakers.

The morning will host the AIF AGM, and the Festival Congress will officially launch at midday with the opening of the conference.

The event is a momentous coming together of the Association’s Founders, member festivals, broader industry and supporters. The key targets and agenda for collective action for the festival industry will be discussed.

See full schedule for Day 1 here: http://aiforg.com/initiatives/festival-congress/schedule-day-1/ 



The Banking Hall, Portland House, 113 – 116 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5EQ

“The Ultimate Festival Celebration”

The ceremony will celebrate and cater to the diverse and creative festival community that provides happy times and great memories to so many people year after year. In harmony with the ethos of independence, there will be a number of awards but it won’t be a conventional affair. Emerging artists will be showcased rather than headliners, the hardest working will be awarded rather than the highest profile, and the significant success stories of the past year that the media don’t cover will be honoured.

Hosted by the notorious Ben Challis! (Glastonbury Festival)

See full schedule for awards and after party here: http://aiforg.com/initiatives/festival-congress/celebration/


The Angel Hotel, Castle St, Cardiff, CF10 1SZ

(Schedule subject to change)

The content of Day 2 will provide diverse and inspiring learning and exchange opportunities, unveiling the inner workings and opportunities in this creative and flourishing industry. Throughout the event there will be ample opportunity for networking an breakout meetings.

See full schedule for Day 2 here: http://aiforg.com/initiatives/festival-congress/schedule-day-2/


MORE INFO: +44 (0) 208 994 5599 | info@aiforg.com

PRESS: elin@elinrees.com | +44 (0) 7917 308329

SPONSORS: Interested in becoming a sponsorship partner? Please contact gary@getinbed.co.uk


We have a deal on hotel rooms but again space is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. We want all of you to be there! 

The Angel Hotel has now run out the discounted rooms for the Friday night but there are still rooms available from £75 for the Saturday night.

Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre

- Availiability from £75
- Booking via their website , no code - http://www.hicardiffcitycentre.co.uk/

The Royal Hotel

- We have negotiated a room rate with the Royal Hotel
- A few minutes walk from the Angel Hotel
- The location of Day 2 Conference. 
Friday 17th £70.00 inc Band B 
Saturday 18th £100.00 inc Band B 
Follow this link and use promo code: festcon14 (not case sensitive) to access the rates.

The Radisson Blu Cardiff  
- Down by the Millenium Arena , close to Station 
17th October       £88 single occupancy / £98 double occupancy
18th October       £134 single occupancy / £144 double occupancy 
Code:  FEST171014.
Directions: Call to book a room, quote the reference and have a credit/debit card to guarantee the reservation with. They may then cancel or amend the reservation up to 1 day prior to arrival. Book by 9th October.


Nearest Train station is Cardiff Central. We have a deal with First Great Western trains for discount rail travel.

Return Standard Class fare from London Paddington is £44, and other stations just around £10 extra. Special fares are also available for First Class travel.

These fares are solely for the use of Conference Delegates and when travelling you should present your conference documentation in order to validate the ticket.

The tickets can only be purchased using a debit / credit card from the following page on FGW website:www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/conference

Just select the ticketing link under ‘Cardiff’.

Tickets available for sale usually 88-days in advance of travel.

For further travel information check out our venue websites: 

BBC Hoddinott Hall 

Portland House

The Angel Hotel


Have questions about AIF Presents - The Festival Congress? Contact Association of Independent Festivals

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Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM - Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM (BST)

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Association of Independent Festivals

The Association of Independent Festivals exists to bring together and empower independently spirited festivals. We are a not-for-profit trade association representing and supporting the UK’s independent festival industry; Our 45 member festivals represent the most creative, dynamic, successful festivals in the UK. 

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