The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced further details for its Festival Congress, taking place in Sheffield from 6-7 November.

The congress is expected to attract over 400 delegates, and will open in Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre for day one, then move to the Showroom Cinema for day two.

Confirmed speakers include founder and creative director of Secret Cinema Fabien Riggall, who will deliver a keynote charting ten years of the hugely successful and ground breaking immersive event.

Joining him will be Daniel Webb of ‘Everyday Plastic’, who will talk about the project and what his objectives were in saving a year’s worth of plastic and transforming it into a mural; and influencer and blogger Zoe London who will talk about the ‘Instagrammable Festival’ and how organisers can harness the potential of the platform.

Elsewhere, there will be a discussion of how non-music experiences are shaping festivals featuring Lauren Down (End Of The Road festival MD), Sally Griffyn (Yoga Connects), Elle Castle (Kerb) and Sam McGregor (Signature Brew).

AIF will also launch a ten-year report at the Congress documenting key trends and how the sector has changed in the association’s lifetime.

AIF CEO Paul Reed said: “The Festival Congress has rapidly become an invaluable forum to debate the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the independent festival sector.

“We have curated a truly unique line-up of speakers and topics, and we can’t wait to bring them to our new home in Sheffield this November to celebrate five years of Festival Congress and ten years of AIF.”

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