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The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene. Created in 1987 with a small gathering of people working in the community festival business, it now has over 250 members who exchange ideas and support one another to help develop our sector.

Are you a festival or event organiser, supplier, freelancer or student? If you have anything to do with festivals or events, yes anything, you should join AFO.

The AFO Office is open year round to offer you help and support.  Contact us today!

AFO Conference 9-11 November 2018

A weekend of everything festivals and events!
Open to all, you cannot afford to miss it.
More information and to book

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International Women's Day 2018 - Important News

FIGHTBACK: GRASSROOTS PROMOTER Exciting new initiative from Music Planet Live and Music Venue Trust Music Venue Trust and Music Planet Live are delighted to announce a major new partnership to reinvigorate and diversify...
Published on: 8th March 2018

Industry Green Survey 2017 Reveals UK Events Getting Smart with Power & Travel

A major shift in the way UK festivals approached energy management and travel planning in 2017 has been revealed in the third annual Festival & Events Industry Green Survey....
Published on: 7th March 2018


I was recently at Derby University Buxton Campus for the Students Industry Day and although I met with a good number of potential festival organisers in the first and second year students, one outstanding student was SARAH JO...
Published on: 7th March 2018

Fantastic for Families Awards 2018 winners announced!

UK’s most family-friendly arts and cultural organisations recognised Winners of the national Fantastic for Families Awards 2018 have been revealed at an awards ceremony at Carriageworks Theatre in LeedsEight awards were ...
Published on: 7th March 2018

The Plastic Free Festival Guide Has Launched!

As part of a major campaign to encourage event and festival organisers to reduce plastics at their events, we are proud to launch our second edition Making Waves: Plastic-Free Festival Guide. The guide provides expert and pra...
Published on: 6th March 2018

Donald Shaw to 'step aside' as Celtic Connections artistic director

Donald Shaw is to step aside as artistic director of Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival in the wake of the record-breaking 25th annual event attracting more than 130,000 concert-goers for the first time ever....
Published on: 13th February 2018

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