The British Arts Festivals Association is the national development agency for arts festivals. Founded in December 1969, and now with members covering the widest span of arts genres in the UK including theatre, literature, music of all kinds, visual, science, outdoor and dance.
BAFA members enjoy 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. We facilitate advice and support between members and from our Board of experienced festival professionals and contacts outside of the festival sector. BAFA also provides a range of special offers and discounts to members on specific festival relevant services including discounted insurance with leading festival insurers Graham Sykes (with the discount likely to cover the cost of annual BAFA subscription).
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); a two 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.
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
Jack Whitewood: Festival Director, Ventnor Fringe Festival
Coopted Board Members
Belinda Kidd: Festival Consultant and former Chief Executive, Bath Festivals
Helen Heslop: Concerts & Events Manager, BBC Proms & Radio 3
Dr Jane Ali-Knight: Director of the Edinburgh Institute, Festivals, Events and Tourism (EIFET), Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
Andrew Blankfield: Honorary Legal Advisor
Alexis Paterson: Secretary
Lucy Armstrong: Manager
Alice Thompson: Administrator
BAFA is a company limited by guarantee (registration number 08282867) and a registered charity (registered charity number 1010867).