• St Andrews Voices

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Cheltenham Science Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Cheltenham Literature Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Newbury Spring Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Cheltenham Jazz Festival


  • Ventnor Fringe Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Three Choirs Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business


Panel Discusssion:
'There's no such thing as a problem ...'

Julian Caddy: Managing Director,
Brighton Fringe

Julian Caddy has been involved in Fringe festivals for more than 20 years, whether as an actor, director, programmer or producer.  He co-founded Sweet Venues at Edinburgh Fringe in 2003 and was co-artistic director until 2010, over which time he programmed or produced more than 700 shows to audiences of over 250,000.  Since 2011 he has been Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, England’s largest arts festival, and has overseen growth in audiences of over 150% and a 45% increase in registrations with 535,000 attendees at 936 events in 2016.  He is on also on the Awards jury of the National Arts Festival of South Africa and Amsterdam Fringe and Vice-Chair of the World Fringe Alliance.

Tania Harrison: Head of Arts,
Festival Republic

Tania has worked in festivals for over twenty years. She created the arts and culture at Latitude in 2006 and is Head of Arts for the festival. She also programmes the Alternative Stages at Reading & Leeds Festivals. Across these festivals the stages span the arts spectrum through theatre, dance, comedy, poetry, cabaret, literary and film and music. She recently won the AAA Editors Award for diversifying the UK Festival landscape and has also won the Peter Brook Innovation Award, BAFA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and The Stage Award for Special Achievement.

Toby Smith: Festival Director,
Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

Toby is the Director of the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, one of the UK’s largest multi-arts festivals that for 16 days each year transforms the city and the surrounding landscape with arts of all kinds. He sits on the board of the Without Walls Consortium, an organisation that commissions and tours an annual programme of innovative outdoor arts activity, and the board of Quest Southwest, supporting the development of outdoor arts across the south west region. Toby was previously Director of Performance and Programming for the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He has also worked in programming at Cheltenham Festivals and the Barbican Centre. He studied music at the University of York, and whilst there he founded the Early Opera Company with music director Christian Curnyn, going on to produce operas in New York and London.

Chair: Dr Jane Ali-Knight,
Edinburgh Napier University

Jane is Course Director of the 'Executive Certificate in Festival and Event Management' delivered in Scotland and the UAE; the highly successful ‘Destination Leaders Programme’ delivered with Scottish Enterprise and the Executive Development Programme for Experience Industry Professionals (Singapore). She is currently leading and developing EIFET operations in Scotland as well as lecturing at Universities internationally and facilitating training and development in the field. EIFET's core activities fall into three main areas: event and festival related programmes; research and publications and conferences and professional seminars and events.