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Conference for Festivals

The 2018 Conference for Festivals will be 21 - 22 November in Birmingham at Fazeley Studios. 

Please join us for the 2018 BAFA conference, and a chance to meet BAFA's new team, hear our plans for the future of BAFA and to share issues, ideas and challenges with festival colleagues.  This year's theme - Change up: the art of transformation - will give you an opportunity to hear from arts leaders and festival professionals on key issues affecting the sector including: 
Look up: how to manage strategic change at your festival 
Staying connected: developing and maintaining international relationships post-Brexit 
A balanced approach: how artistic risk, programming and ticket buying support donations  
Good governance: the art of creating and developing a strong board 
Digital update: how good tech can support your festival's development  
Life begins at 50: feed into BAFA's future plans 
Speakers include Louise Emerson of Take the Current, James McVeigh of Festivals Edinburgh and Sarah Gee of Indigo.  Sessions will include a mixture of panel discussions, roundtable discussions and opportunities to meet specialists 1:1 to discuss your issues from insurance to PRS.  Meet staff from BAFA's new insurer, Graham Sykes, and feed your ideas to the new BAFA team on Festivals Mean Business 4 and our plans for lobbying and advocacy.  
 The conference will take place at the fantastic Fazeley Studios at the heart of Birmingham's creative quarter, in up-and-coming Digbeth.  Your ticket includes refreshments on both days and lunch on day one.  Sessions start at 11.30am on Wednesday and finish at 1pm on Thursday.
There is a broad range of accommodation in Birmingham, from Premier Inns in Broad Street Canal Side (from £65/night) and New Street (from £89/night), as well as a huge variety of Airbnb accommodation and bed & breakfasts. You can find information about these here - the board and staff will be staying at the Canal Side Premier Inn.  
 We will be having our festival party at Brown's restaurant on Wednesday 21st - we hope you can join us!  Conference tickets have been flexibly priced, so if you're only able to join us for one day or not able to come to the party (boo!) then you only will pay for what you use.  Please bring your colleagues!  Second colleague discounts are available for other staff members in your team to attend.
If you have any queries, suggestions or feedback on the conference, please do get in touch!  The BAFA conference is a brilliant way to refresh your ideas, meet new colleagues and catch up with old friends, get inspired and network.  There's never been a better time to get involved in shaping BAFA's future, so please join us.

Conference Programmes