AOIFE (Association of Festival and Events) are hosting a new look training day to engage with community not for profit festivals and event organisers across the midwest.

Community Festivals and Events Day seminar

Festivals and Community event organisers from organisations such as the Keadue Harp, Roscommon Drama, Roscommon Lamb Festival, Strokestown International Poetry Festival,  Brideswell Pattern Festival, Rose of Castlereagh and Boyle Arts Festival have all been invited with their counterparts from neighbouring and adjoining counties to Ballinasloe for the 29th of February.


The programme is also suitable for community groups or sporting groups who wish to launch or promote a new festival or community event for their area.


AOIFE’s Executive Director Colm Croffy, with 25 years sector experience and delivers training and mentoring programmes in Ireland, Europe and overseas is the key facilitator to the day which begins at 10.30 and continues to 5.30 pm in the Enterprise and Technology Centre Ballinasloe.


The Multimedia assistant will also be holding 15 minute one to ones on all the “How To’s” about social media for those who struggle a bit with the challenges of Social Media on line,

Having delivered some 130 odd pop up advice clinics this year already along the wild Atlantic Way the Seminar will draw upon some exciting and innovative ways typical Festival and Event Organisers with extremely limited resources are programming and producing their programmes.


Founded in 1993- the Association of Irish Festivals and Events Association is the fourth largest in Europe (with over 200 members) and through training networking and advocating best practice helps “not for profit festivals” reach and expand their local and international goals.


“ We have seen down through the seasons, the huge benefits of a small number of dedicated and passionate producers and organisers of these events coming together to events such as these and learning from each other as much as the course facilitator – which benefits their programmes, the audiences and ultimately their sustainability and viability “ states Executive Director Colm Croffy .


The Seminar Day will deal with, but not exclusively :

Current Event and Festival Trends in the Sector, Common pitfalls and how to rectify them, How to find your audience and then to target them, Checklist for running an event, Finding money for production costs, artists and expenses, Marketing and PR for an event, Finding and keeping volunteers, European Networking Opportunities, Press and Marketing


Participants MUST register with the AOIFE Secretariat in advance. The Seminar Day is

free to AOIFE members whilst non-members must pay a small fee of €100 which can

go towards purchasing a full annual AOIFE membership.


To register for the Seminar Day please contact the office on (090) 964 5831 or email