• Cheltenham Jazz Festival


  • Three Choirs Festival

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  • Ventnor Fringe Festival

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  • Newbury Spring Festival

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  • St Andrews Voices

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  • Cheltenham Literature Festival

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  • Cheltenham Science Festival

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About BAFA

The British Arts Festivals Association is the national development agency for arts festivals. Founded in December 1969,  and now with members covering the widest span of arts genres in the UK including theatre, literature, music, visual, science, outdoor and dance.

BAFA members enjoy access to a wide network of their peers as well as the wealth of knowledge and contacts that BAFA has built up over its long history. We facilitate advice and support between members and from our Board of experienced festival professionals and contacts outside of the festival sector. BAFA also provides a range of special offers and discounts to members on specific festival relevant services including discounted insurance with leading festival insurers Graham Sykes (with the discount likely to cover the cost of annual BAFA subscription).

BAFA organises a number of events throughout the year. These include regional road shows, which travel around the country in the Spring and bring festivals of all sizes together with leading professionals in a unique active learning forum, and the annual Conference for Festivals (typically hosted by a member festival); a two day conference with a programme designed for everyone involved in the festival sector. It includes a series of talks, discussions, round tables and of course opportunities to socialise with your festival peers.

For more information on becoming a member of BAFA click here.

BAFA is a member of the European Festivals Association and the official UK Hub for the EFFE Project and EFFE Labels.



Sonia Stevenson: Artistic Director,  St Andrew's Voices 


Martin Dimery: Creative Director, Frome Festival  

Lyndsey Fineran: Literature Festival Programme and Commissions Manager, Cheltenham Festivals

Alison Giles: Festival Producer, Presteigne Festival

Ashley Morris: General Manager, Newbury Spring Festival

Alexis Paterson: Chief Executive, Three Choirs Festival

Jack Whitewood: Festival Director, Ventnor Fringe Festival

Coopted Board Members
Invited to sit on the BAFA Board for their particular knowledge and expertise

Belinda Kidd: Festival Consultant and former Chief Executive, Bath Festivals

Helen Heslop: Concerts & Events Manager, BBC Proms & Radio 3

Holly Payton: Artistic Director, Fusion Arts Oxford and Managing Director, World Fringe

Dr Jane Ali-Knight: Director of the Edinburgh Institute, Festivals, Events and Tourism (EIFET), Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland


Andrew Blankfield: Honorary Legal Advisor

Alexis Paterson: Secretary


Fiona Goh: Director

Alice Thompson: Administrator

BAFA is a company limited by guarantee (registration number 08282867) and a registered charity (registered charity number 1010867).
Each member is artistically and financially independent of the association.
BAFA does not promote individual artists, companies or tours.