The Festival Congress is AIF’s annual flagship event and the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, with over 400 industry delegates expected to attend in 2019. Following four consecutive sold-out events from the event’s inception in 2014, the Congress has rapidly evolved to become a fixture and must attend event in the festival industry calendar.
In 2019, Festival Congress is once again taking place in Sheffield on the 6th & 7th of November. The conference element will be held across both the Abbeydale Picture House Cinema & Picture House Social, and the evening celebration & Independent Festival Awards held at 92 Burton Road, followed by an aftershow party.
National trade organisation The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is the UK’s leading festival representative body. Founded in 2008, the combined attendance of AIF’s 65 member events exceeds 600,000, contributing over £200m to the UK economy annually. AIF provides a vital support network for independent festivals promoters through members meetings, public facing campaigns and lobbying, producing conferences and training events and providing business support services to members.
AIF member festivals include some of the most successful and innovative festivals in the UK including the likes of Boomtown Fair, Bestival, Shambala, End of the Road, Boardmasters, Kendal Calling and many more.