• Cheltenham Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Salisbury Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Brighton Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Buxton Fringe Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Cambridge Summer Music

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Blue Sky Festival


A Festival Career - Student Conference

A Festival Career is the annual conference exploring careers in the arts - particularly in the festival and events sector - designed for students, recent graduates and lecturers. 

The 2018 conference will take place in London on 7 November; more details to follow.



Thank you to everyone who attended the sixth edition of A Festival Career in November 2017 at The Albany, London.  Find out how it went on the A Festival Career blog and watch what last years participants had to say here.



Leading festival professionals (invited to showcase a wide range of different festivals: multi arts/fringe/green field/street arts) discuss and reflect on their personal career path. The round table sessions were individually hosted by a broad range of festival staff from all over the country. These speakers came from a range of festival backgrounds including general management, marketing, education, development, communications, production and press/project managers. Each person described their career as well as what their current job entails and took questions from small groups of delegates.

Panel Speakers

Meet the Mentors


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



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