British Arts Festivals Association, BAFA Conference 2022


BAFA (British Arts Festivals Association) is hosting its first in-person Conference for Festivals since the pandemic in Harrogate at the Crown Hotel from 16 – 17 November 2021.  The conference, Reconnect, will be for festival organisers, agents, managers, suppliers and academics associated with the festivals sector, and will be a welcome return to a face-to-face event, following BAFA’s successful online conference, Rewind, Play, Forward in February.

Fiona Goh, BAFA Director, says the conference will pick up on many of the strands from the February conference: “We’re so delighted to be back face-to-face with our members and colleagues from across the festivals sector, and the BAFA conference is a brilliant place to connect with friends old and new, and to exchange ideas, resources and support each other in what has been quite an extraordinary year.  We’re calling the conference Reconnect, and it will be an opportunity to have those more involved conversations that have been really difficult to have over Zoom, as well as picking up some the really important issues we were talking about in February.  We’ve got a great line-up of speakers, including from Slung Low, Manchester International Festival, Unboxed (Festival 2022), Northern Broadsides, Harrogate International Festivals, Industry Minds, Class Festival and Indigo, and we’ll be talking about many issues that are concerning us right now.  Where are we as a sector, and how do we respond to the many changes we are facing, not only the challenges of the pandemic but also the social justice movements that are so important?  We’ll be looking at the audience’s response to the pandemic, including the latest research from Indigo, and hearing from some brilliant organisations who have been helping to re-imagine what an arts organisation needs to be in 2021.”

Tickets range from £20 – £170 and delegates can secure accommodation at the conference venue, The Crown Hotel, from £80pppn.  Further information is available here:

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