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A Festival Career - Student Conference

'A Festival Career' 

Eventbrite - 2017 'A Festival Career': Student/Recent Graduate Festivals & Events Conference

BAFA is pleased to present the sixth edition of 'A Festival Career'. The half day event is specifically for students and recent graduates who are interested in exploring a career in the arts - particularly in the festival and events sector - and lecturers also welcome to attend. The 2017 A Festival Career will be held in London on the afternoon of 29 November at The Albany, London.  Check the latest updates on the A Festival Career blog.


12:00  Arrive/registration

12.30 Welcome and festival type presentation 1- Arts Festival

12.45 Dragons Den

13:30 Festival type presentation 2- Street Arts

13.40 Round tables on careers

14:25 Coffee

14:40 Festival type Presentation 3- Green Field

14.50 Panel Discussion

15:50 Festival type presentation 4 – Fringe

16.00 Round tables on expertise

16.45 Dragons Den winner and round up

Leading festival professionals (invited to showcase a wide range of different festivals: multi arts/fringe/green field/street arts) will discuss and reflect on their personal career path. You will also get a chance to choose round table sessions individually hosted by a broad range of festival staff from all over the country. These speakers will come from a range of festival backgrounds including general management, marketing, education, development, communications, production and press/project managers. Each person will talk about their career as well as describe what their current job entails and in small groups you will have the opportunity to ask plenty of questions.

Eventbrite - 2017 'A Festival Career': Student/Recent Graduate Festivals & Events Conference

Panel Speakers

Meet the Mentors

Lecturer's session:

Thisyear BAFA present two lecturer round tables! Join us to meet colleagues from across the UK and to discuss current topics such as students and employment. These flexible conversations can take any direction and please bring your 2018 dates so that we can plan future lecturer events. BAFA University Member lecturers can attend free - email info@artsfestivals.co.uk to reserve your place - and non members are very welcome to book tickets through Eventbrite.


Thank you to Manchester Metropolitan University for hosting A Festival Career. The event was packed full of networking round tables, competition pitches and 'There's No Such Thing as a Problem...' panel discussion. Find the resources and read about the event on our blog or in our story.


Panel Speakers

Round Table Hosts

Festival Dragons

Competition brief

The Spark Festival Video

Brighton Fringe Highlights


Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival Video

2015 BAFA 'A Festival Career' Conference

Thank you to London South Bank University for hosting us and to all of the delegates who came along. A huge thank you especailly to the great speakers who gave up their time to give us an insight into working in the world of festivals and events. Hearing about the good times (and the not so good) always makes for an entertaining and illuminating event! 

2015 Resources:

The Festival Dragons

Roundtable speakers

The panel

Watch the panel speakers' festival videos

Dragons' Den winner

Previous programmes