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A Festival Career - Student Conference


A Festival Career is BAFA's annual conference exploring careers in the arts - particularly in the festival and events sector - designed for students, recent graduates and lecturers. 

This event will include a panel discussion, chaired by a BAFA board member and three panellists who will outline their current job role and share highs and lows of their festival career.

In addition to this, we will have round table sessions with mentors from current arts festivals in the UK. This will be an opportunity for students and recent graduates to ask questions, advice and network with festival professionals who have a range of different job roles.  


Meet the mentors

Buy tickets for the conference here

The 2018 conference will take place in London on Wednesday 7 November at Goldsmiths University of London between 1pm-5pm.


Thank you to everyone who attended the sixth edition of A Festival Career in November 2017 at The Albany, London.  Find out how it went on the A Festival Career blog and watch what last years participants had to say here.



Leading festival professionals (invited to showcase a wide range of different festivals: multi arts/fringe/green field/street arts) discuss and reflect on their personal career path. The round table sessions were individually hosted by a broad range of festival staff from all over the country. These speakers came from a range of festival backgrounds including general management, marketing, education, development, communications, production and press/project managers. Each person described their career as well as what their current job entails and took questions from small groups of delegates.

Panel Speakers

Meet the Mentors


Thank you to Manchester Metropolitan University for hosting A Festival Career. The event was packed full of networking round tables, competition pitches and 'There's No Such Thing as a Problem...' panel discussion. Find the resources and read about the event on our blog or in our story.

Panel Speakers

Round Table Hosts

Festival Dragons

'A Festival Career was a fantastic opportunity to meet a huge range of festival professionals and chat one-on-one about a wide array of festival jobs. Meeting other students who want to work in festivals was also great, and the Dragons' Den competition was a good chance to really get involved with BAFA and share my ideas.'  Paul Bernstein, Competition Winnet

'Interesting.... In a good way! Excellent networking and very insightful.' Holly Payton Lombardo: Managing Director, World Fringe


The Festival Dragons

Roundtable speakers

The panel

Watch the panel speakers' festival videos

Competetion winner

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