The Australian Festival Association (AFA) is being formed to represent the shared interests and importance of the Australian festival industry. The AFA is committed to delivering safe and well run festivals around Australia and providing a framework for industry operating standards.
The AFA will do this by:
Connecting festival industry professionals with stakeholders and regulatory bodies
Establishing an organisation that will proactively work with regulatory bodies on behalf of the festival industry
Recognising the cultural contribution festivals make to Australian society and will work to uphold the reputation of music festivals in Australia and internationally
The AFA membership will comprise stakeholders in the festival industry from multiple sectors, including:
Operators including production management, site management, bar operators Venues
The Australia Festival Association will work to:
Maintain an established organisation that can work with regulatory bodies on behalf of the festival industry
Provide an organisation that is accessible for all stakeholders and industry
Develop ‘best practice’ across all platforms
Represent the Industry to the media
The AFA Management Committee for 2019 will be:
Jessica Ducrou: Splendour in the Grass (NSW), Falls Festival (VIC, NSW, TAS) Download (NSW, VIC)
Adelle Robinson: Listen Out (NSW, WA, QLD, VIC), Listen In (SA), Field Day (NSW), Harbourlife (NSW), Curve Ball (NSW)
Danny Rogers: Laneway (NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA)
Matthew Lazarus-Hall: CMC Rocks QLD (QLD)
Rod Little: GTM (NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, ACT), The Plot (NSW)
The inaugural AGM will be scheduled for mid 2020. All members will be invited to attend. Interested parties will be invited to attend the forum held after the AGM. The management committee will be elected at each AGM, election will be open to all festival members.
Our aims are to make festivals safer for patrons, and reduce friction between festival promoters and regulatory bodies, by aligning evidence based practices and decades of combined industry experience with the requirements of government policy.
We are also committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of festivals as thriving businesses, significant municipal events and sites of global cultural exchange in the interest of all Australians.