Australian Festival Industry Conference hits pause but set to return in 2025

Rhoda Roberts was a keynote speaker at AFIC 2023.

The Australian Festival Industry Conference (AFIC) is pressing pause on 2024 and will be next held in 2025 while venue Luna Park in Sydney undertakes major renovations this year.

Luna Park Sydney hosted AFIC for the first time in August 2023 with its biggest attendance yet of more than 150 delegates and speakers.

“We were prepared to wait until it was available again because it provided to be AFIC’s best venue in the event’s four-year history,” said AFIC founder and event director Carlina Ericson.

“Feedback from our delegates was that they absolutely loved Luna Park Sydney for a number of reasons.

“It was central and accessible for those in Sydney, as well as for those from the rest of NSW and Australia, and especially for those who flew in from abroad.

“Besides, how could you beat those spectacular water views? Being able to set sail on our harbour cruise and final networking event was the cherry on top.”

Ericson said AFIC will return “bigger and better in 2025″ after heading to Europe to attend major festivals and meet with international promoters and suppliers about getting involved in AFIC 2025 as keynote speakers, panellists and workshop curators.

“There is so much advancement in festivals and events in the northern hemisphere in terms of technology, security, safety, sustainability and crowd science, among other things,” she said.

“These issues are of paramount importance to those who attend AFIC to learn how to better produce quality events, whether it be in the areas of music, arts and culture, food and drink, ‘intellectual & ideas’ or sports.

“It’s important that AFIC continues to maintain its position as the central meeting place for the festival industry sector and its auxiliary businesses.”

Ericson will also attend Australian events as Tamworth Country Music Festival, The Gum Ball and Bluesfest to see first-hand the challenges organisers are facing and to speak to their teams, patrons and suppliers about other issues.