UK Festival Awards: Festival Conference details revealed

There will be six panel discussions on the day

UK Festival Awards: Festival Conference details revealed

Photographer:Peter Corkhill

Chris Eustace - 31 October 2011

Now in its fourth year, the conference will this year discuss issues including festival funding in Olympic year, how to maintain customer loyalty and there'll be a keynote Q&A with Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn.

The confirmed discussions are:

'Open Forum: How many hats can one person wear?': This session will give delegates the chance to quiz the panel on what skills a promoter needs, with “business advice and tips for financial and creative success.”

'Pedal to the Medal: Will sport beat festivals in the Olympic sponsorship marathon?': Here, “two dedicated sports sponsorship specialists go head-to-head with two music aficionados to debate the merits of spending on sponsorship in music and/or sports in the Olympic year.”

'Weather – Or Not' will reflect on 2011's stage collapse tragedies and seek to “uncover answers2 over what went wrong and how they can be prevented in future.

In 'From Online to Onsite – How Social Commerce Can Boost Your Business', a panel of “Social media commerce experts will present the possibilities and advise how to get even more out of online for a festival.”, while 'Keeping Up Appearances' will “examine the ways organisers are adapting to the potential saturation of the marketplace and key survival tips to make a festival stand out from its competition.“

Melvin Benn will be on hand to “give his opinions on the UK festival industry.”

There will also be a presentation of the UK Festival Market Report – a business review of the market, incorporating results from market research of festival-goers’ opinions, a dedicated networking and exhibition lobby plus a drinks reception.

Combined tickets for the Festival Conference and The UK Festival Awards are available now, priced at £250 each, with Awards-only tickets from £40 - £190, and Conference only tickets priced at £100.

Click here to buy Festival Conference and UK Festival Awards tickets.


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