Media Release

19 FEBRUARY 2020



Coffs Harbour has been chosen as the host destination for the 2020 Australian Festival Industry Conference (AFIC) – Australia’s only conference for festival management personnel.

“For the past five years, the City it has won the globally-acclaimed International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) ‘World Festival and Event City Award’, making it a relevant fit”, explains AFIC founder and event director, Carlina Ericson.

Direct flight services from three major capital cities and being conveniently situated half way between Brisbane and Sydney make it an easily accessible location for delegates.

Coffs Harbour was also one of the first destinations affected by bush fire devastation in November 2019 – a key factor that contributed to this year’s destination selection.

“We are keen to support regional destinations and see that they get back on track.

“Additionally, with the recent bushfire and flood season having impacted a number of festivals, resulting in them either being cancelled or postponed, ‘natural disaster response management’ will be a key component of this year’s conference programme”, says Ms Ericson.

The draft programme is nearing completion and will be unveiled on Wednesday 11 March 2020, along with the launch of early bird tickets. Speakers will be announced throughout the year.

This year will see a number of exciting new initiatives introduced, thereby presenting delegates with a variety of unique ways to learn, share and connect with fellow professionals, prospective clients and suppliers.

“This means that AFIC will be presenting the industry with an opportunity that can’t be found anywhere else in Australia!” says Ms Ericson.

Partnership, exhibition and speaking opportunities are now open. Those interested are encouraged to contact us by e-mailing [email protected]

The Australian Festival Industry Conference will take place across 22 – 24 September 2020 at Pacific Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour.

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