The European festival association YOUROPE, reveals the program of their inaugural European Festival Conference. Taking place from 2nd – 5th December 2015 in the beautiful Gradonna Mountain Resort, Austria the new conference is dedicated to the interest of festival promoters to meet, exchange, experience and learn.

The 3 day event will include seminars, workshops and discussions covering topics including:

  • harmonisation in the eu
  • efc focus: marketing, sponsoring and communication with 4 workshops and sessions
  • health & safety (crowd collapse & crowd dynamics, serious weather conditions at festivals and events
  • sustainability at festivals (ways to solve the trash problem on camping, quality and sustainability for food & beverages)
  • technical innovation (tools to manage your festival, cashless payment and rfid solutions)
  • 2 carrousel sessions focussing on the audience and the content
  • talking shop about booking

Yourope already holds regular board and member meetings at various European industry events as well as organising yes group or go group seminars and workshops, but with so many important issues associated with running festival there was never enough time to cover all the key topics. The European Festival Conference aims to address that by offering an event fully dedicated to the interest of festival promoters giving participants the time and space to discuss all the aspects of the festival business in a constructive and positive atmosphere. Besides a full conference program which is open for festivals from all over the world, there will be outdoor activities, cocktail receptions and dinners to create a special atmosphere of exchange and experience. The conference program will contain content, which is attractive for promoters, bookers, health & safety managers, marketing/sponsoring managers etc.

“There is an increasing number of music conferences, export events and showcase festivals where festival promoters are a target group, but none are fully dedicated to the interest of festival promoters. The EFC is unique as it goes deeper into the topics and it involves the participants in each workshop and session to get the direct knowledge exchange” says Yourope’s Christof Huber. ‘

EFC_Program_flyer_July 2015

Festival Conference Packages:
3 nights hotel from 2nd – 5th December including breakfast and dinner & wellness 2 day conference fee incl. coffee, lunch menu, w-lan.

We are very happy being able to offer this package for a very attractive price!
€600 for use of double room
€700 for single use of a double room

Yourope members get a discount of €100 for a maximum of 2 persons.

Registration is available on
The link to the conference hotel is:

About Yourope:
Founded in November 1998 – Today representing over 80 members from 26 countries. Yourope members are dedicated to improving the European festival scene in terms of: working conditions; health and safety issues; environmental awareness; exchange of knowledge and information; promoting the cross-border exchange of live music talent. The overall aim of the association is to collaborate, share experiences and to pinpoint areas that would benefit from a joint approach. Having gained respect within the industry and at government level, Yourope also has the power to lobby for all legal and industry issues relating to the European festival industry on behalf of its members and together with other associations in the live music business. Yourope also focuses on other key issues for festivals – such exchange of information regarding marketing and sponsoring, contracts, production riders or radio/TV/internet rights and more.

Nikki McNeill