• Cheltenham Science Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Newbury Spring Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Ventnor Fringe Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Three Choirs Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Cheltenham Jazz Festival


  • St Andrews Voices

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Cheltenham Literature Festival

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2015 Panel

Andrew Comben

Chief Executive

Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival (BD&BF)

Born and educated in Australia, Andrew Comben joined BD&BF in 2008, developing a new vision for the organisation to become a year-round centre of artistic activity and involving all areas of the community in the performing arts

Brighton Festival 2009 was a landmark for the organisation, with Anish Kapoor the inaugural Guest Artistic Director achieving a significant increase in visitor numbers and international recognition. Human rights advocate and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was Guest Director of Brighton Festival 2011 and since then the Festival has gone from strength to strength

BD&BF together reach an annual audience in excess of 500,000 and contribute over £40m pa to the local economy. Brighton Festival is the largest mixed arts Festival in England and in 2013 reached an audience of 468,824 alone. 

Megan Evans

Arts Programmer and Manager

Deer Shed Festival

Megan Evans is the Arts Programmer and Festival Manager for Deer Shed Festival. A music, arts and science family festival based in North Yorkshire. The festival is now in its 7th year and is reaching audiences of 10,000. Megan has extensive experience in the outdoor festival sector as well as working in other art industry areas such as live TV events and film. For the last 3 years Megan has expanded the arts programme considerably at Deer Shed Festival allowing the family audience to experience a wide range of theatre, comedy and spoken word shows as well a diverse program of workshops. 

Lyndsey Jackson

Head of Operations

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Society

Lyndsey is Head of Operations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, overseeing the Box Office, operational, financial and administrative aspects of the Charity. Lyndsey joined the Fringe Society in 2013 after six years as a producer and general manager in independent new writing theatre companies in Belfast and Lincoln. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, with 3,314 shows from 49 countries in 313 venues across the city in 2015.