NEWS: AIF presents The Festival Congress

NEWS: AIF announces first ever Festival Congress Awards


The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has unveiled details of its inaugural Festival Congress Awards Ceremony which will take place on Friday 17th October. Hosted by Ben Challis and featuring an introduction by Huw Stephens (BBC Radio One) and Bethan Elfyn (BBC Radio Wales), this event will be followed by an after party soundtracked by icons of the DJ world including Huw Stephens, Madame Electrifie, DJ Chris Tofu and Count Skylarkin.

Nominees for the Awards were selected from across the industry by AIF members. Claire O’Neill, Senior Manager of the AIF said: “It’s been a moving experience to witness organisers of some of the best festivals around highlighting what they love about other festivals, the most impressive things they’ve seen, their favourite moments, and the people that they hold in high esteem for giving an incredible contribution in one way or another. These awards are a reflection of the respect and appreciation felt amongst the festival community.”

The award categories acknowledge the huge variety of festival work and are as follows: The Outstanding Contribution Award, Supporter of Emerging Talent Award, New Festival on the Block, Silver Service Award, Unique Festival Site, Live Act of the Year, Artist of the Audience, Mind-Blowing Spectacle Award, Smart Marketing Campaign of the Year, Random Act of Kindness Award, Culture & Tourism Award: Forward Thinking Local Authority, Friendliest Security Staff, Festival Blogger of the Year, Emmet Brown Award, Festival Venue/Stage of the Year, Unsung Hero.

The Festival Congress is presented by AIF and supported by the Major Events Unit of the Welsh Government and the British Council.

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