• Cheltenham Festival

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  • Buxton Fringe Festival

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  • Salisbury Festival

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  • Blue Sky Festival


  • Brighton Festival

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About BAFA

The British Arts Festivals Association is a vibrant membership organisation founded in December 1969, covering the widest span of arts and science festivals in the UK. Our members include a huge range of genres including performing arts, literature, music, visual arts and outdoor arts.  These include many of the large international cultural events, such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Cheltenham Festivals, through to small dynamic festivals such as the Corsham Festival and volunteer run festivals like Frome Festival and Proms at St Jude's.

Through our membership, members have access to a wide network of their peers as well as the wealth of knowledge and contacts that BAFA has built up over its long history. BAFA also facilitates advice and support between members and from our Board of experienced festival professionals. We also provide a number of special offers and discounts to members on specific festival relevant services including discounted insurance with leading festival insurers La Playa (with the discount likely to cover the cost of your BAFA subs!).

BAFA organises a number of events throughout the year. These include regional road shows, which travel around the country in the spring and bring festivals of all sizes together with leading professionals in a unique active learning forum, and the annual Conference for Festivals (typically hosted by a member festival), an three day conference with a programme designed for everyone involved in the festival sector. It includes a series of talks, discussions, round tables and of course opportunities to socialise with your festival peers.

For more information on becoming a member of BAFA click here

BAFA Board


George Vass: Artistic Director, Presteigne Festival of Music & the Arts


Kate Beard: Festival Director, Grassington Festival

Martin Dimery: Creative Director, Frome Festival  

Lyndon Jones: Artistic Director, Swansea International Festival

Alexis Paterson: Chief Executive, Three Choirs Festival

Rachel Pilard: Marketing Manager, Canterbury Festival

Sonia Stevenson: Artistic Director, Lichfield Festival and St Andrew's Voices 

Jack Whitewood: Festival Director, Ventnor Fringe Festival

Coopted Board Members
Invited to sit on the BAFA Board for their particular knowledge and expertise

Belinda Kidd: Festival Consultant and former Chief Executive, Bath Festivals

Helen Heslop: Concerts & Events Manager, BBC Proms & Radio 3

Debbie Jagla: Business Development Director, Orchestra of the Swan

Holly Payton: Artistic Director, Fusion Arts Oxford and Managing Director, World Fringe

Dr Jane Ali-Knight: Director of the Edinburgh Institute, Festivals, Events and Tourism (EIFET), Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland


Andrew Blankfield: Honorary Legal Advisor

Kim Hart: Secretary

BAFA Staff

Kim Hart: BAFA Coordinator

Lucy Armstrong: BAFA Membership Administrator

BAFA is an independent organisation (registered charity number 1010867)
Each member is artistically and financially independent of the association
BAFA does not promote individual artists, companies or tours

BAFA Student Panel 2017