Australian Festival Industry Conference unveils ‘all-star’ line-up for 2021

AFIC founder Carlina Ericson is looking forward to welcoming the industry back in September.

The Australian Festival Industry Conference (AFIC) has announced the first round of speakers for its return again in September.

To be held at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast, this year’s keynote speaker is virtual reality specialist Ulrich Schrauth, the founder and artistic director behind VRHAM! Festival: the world’s first virtual reality festival, held in Hamburg.

Presenting via video-link from Germany, Ulrich’s experience in immersive art spans across many international festivals, including the SXSW Festivals, the Cannes Film Festival, Sydney Festival and the European Jazz Conference, just to name a few.

Keynote speaker Ulrich Schrauth, the founder and artistic director behind VRHAM! Festival.

AFIC’s Master of Ceremonies is Australian music broadcasting icon Dylan Lewis, who is fondly remembered for his original hosting of ABC’s ‘Recovery’ in the late 90s.

Other speakers include Jan McCormick, CEO of Major Events Gold Coast; Cameron Little, vice president of Sustainable Event Alliance; Dr Jamie Ranse, Mass Gatherings Collaboration, Griffith University; Gill Minervini, director at Gill Minervini Creative; Jon Corbishley, president of the Event Safety Alliance and director of The Safety Officer; and Garry O’Dell, PhD Researcher at The University of Newcastle.

“We have an all-star presenter cast this year, who combined hold well over 200 years of industry specific experience,” said AFIC founder and event director Carlina Ericson.

“They will be integral to conference attendees being able to partake in robust discussions covering a variety of timely topics concerning the future of their industry, such as utilising virtual reality, covid-19 planning, improving government approval processes relating to the holding of public events, environmental sustainability, and more.”

Dylan Lewis will be Master of Ceremonies at the AFIC.

This year’s AFIC 2021 will run over 2.5 days, up from the original 1.5 days, on September 1-3.

“It’s clear that people are hungry to learn, share, and discuss common key issues as a means of accelerating the industry’s recovery,” said Ericson.

“To make up for the past 18 months of hardship, our industry needs to work especially hard and we can only do this by working together. I look forward to welcoming everyone back to the conference later this year.”