Conferences & Training

The Nuts & Bolts of festival and event planning.

An Agenda packed full of great speakers, debating panels, trade stands and ONE2ONE round-tables - plus 2 full Showcase Concerts.

If you work in festivals or events THIS IS THE PLACE to discuss the hot topics affecting our industry today. 

From Friday evening to late lunch on Sunday, the session rooms and stages are buzzing with headline speakers, presentations, discussions, 'how to do that' sessions and panel debates.  There are numerous opportunities to share your knowledge and experience with others.

Open to all in the industry: our delegates are an exciting mix of volunteer and professional festival and event organisers, bringing together teams that have been running for generations with first time organisers, new suppliers with familiar names, programmers and marketing specialists.

Whatever your role or interest in festivals or events, if you are dedicated to learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the scene, you'll find plenty of common ground at AFO Conference.  A whole host of industry professionals, volunteers and lead suppliers together in one space at one Conference.

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Some comments from previous delegates….

"AFO Conference has real integrity as an industry meeting/gathering" Chris Johnson, Shambala Festival / Kambe Events

“Brain buzzing from AFO Conference. Some great sessions, chats, music, links and all round sense of "all being in it together"!” Bob Rushton, Derby Live

It is a pleasure [to attend AFO Conference] and I always learn something” Danny Kilbride, trac Wales

“A weekend to get right into the mind-set of running a festival” Blokefest

“The AFO Conference is an event you should attend if you are serious about running a festival" Regent Music

I first did the AFO (Conference) in 1994!...and I still learn something new every year.  I’ll vow to stop when I know it all (i.e. never)” James Shepard, Larmer Tree Festival Director

“The most useful trade event I have attended all year. Focused, informative, well organised and enjoyable. What more can you ask for?” Pip Martin, Midnight Mango


Conference Sponsorship

Get great exposure to our delegates with this invaluable opportunity. We have a variety of sponsorship packages available or we can talior make a package to specifically fit your needs. For more information about sponsorship please email the AFO Office or call us on 01629 827014.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners:



What happened last time?

Read the 2016 Conference Report here

The 2016 Agenda