A unique collaboration between The
Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) and Atlantic Canadian Music
Industry Associations (ACMIA) will see over 20 artists and events
industry professionals from Canada join 200 UK delegates at this year?s
AFO Conference in Nottingham.
Taking place in Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire on 16-18 November this
annual gathering of industry professional has long been a leader in the
events industry. Now for the first time it opens its doors to an
international partner as it welcomes this special delegation.
Joe Heap, General Manager of the AFO said ?We have a great history of
collaborations and partnerships, with the likes of The Musicians Union,
Arts Council England and many others but this represents such an exciting
opportunity to see some world class artists from Canada and network with
arts professionals from a completely different background?
It is also the first time that the AFO has allowed foreign artists to
showcase on this type of organised level. The partnership between the
Atlantic Canadian MIA's and the AFO has been in negotiations for months
and was finalised in August.
8 Canadian bands will perform over the weekend across 2 showcases, with a
special reception for delegates on Saturday night where authentic
Canadian East Coast cuisine will be served by their own chef.
The AFO Conference, now in its 25th year is one of the biggest gatherings
of events professionals in the country and is dedicated to the festival
industry. The agenda will offer presentations, debates, panels and one to
ones on all manner of industry topics from Wet Weather Insurance to Media
Buying, Health & Safety Passports to Riders and Artist Hospitality.
The Conference is sponsored by EFDSS, fRoots, Proper Music Distribution,
LaPlaya Insurance Services, AVLS Production and Ticket South all of whom
not only make financial contributions but bring their respective
professional experience to the conference delegates.
The Showcases on Friday and Saturday nights are open to the public and
are completely FREE. Conference Sessions are open to booked delegates
?Always welcoming and great place to get valuable/relevant
Brian Lisowy, Summer SundaeFestival
?GO! Kind of essential really, if you?re serious about it .
. .? - Ian Anderson, fRoots Magazine
?Great mixture of helpful sessions with real examples . . .
real proper issues and solutions via people with real experience. This is
such a useful Conference' - Joy Durrant, Shropshire Council
Delegate passes are on sale now and available through www.festivalorganisers.org
tel 01629 827 014.