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Fest Forums

FestForums Convergence is a one-of-a-kind interactive conference and networking event for music, film, food + wine + beer festival organizers.

Addressing cutting-edge technology, sustainability, innovation, safety & collaboration, FestForward will close with "Best of the Fests," a festival award ceremony recognizing North America’s best festivals in game changing categories.

The Recipe: One part music + one part film + one part food & wine + one part technology. Stir it up for a fun-filled mentally invigorating three day professionally enhancing experience with hundreds of festivals & industry insiders attending.

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FestForums Livestream March 25th at noon PST with experts in the live events space during the COVID-19



Join us on Facebook @FestForums Wednesday 25, 2020 at NOON PST for our weekly livestream with insights from experts in the live events space during the COVID-19 crisis.


Our guests this week include:

Michael McDonald, Recording Artist, Singer-Songwriter, formerly of The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan




Ray Waddell, President, Media & Conferences, Oak View Group (Pollstar and VenuesNow)




Nancy Kennedy, Director of Partnerships, Seattle International Film Festival




Willie Litvack, CEO, Squadup




Andrew Vandepopulier, Producer at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance




Gordon Oldham, Director of Rock Medicine




Laurie Kirby, Esq. and Stuart MacNaught, the Livestream moderators, co-own and produce FestForums, a conference and trade show for festival and event producers and the artists that make them what they are.


IN THE NEWS (and a link to last week’s Livestream):

This live webcast is being hosted by our partners at Backstage Pass, who are live streaming it, recording it, and will be making it available after the webcast for anyone that is unable to attend. Go to Facebook: @FestForums to subscribe and ask questions at noon PST & 3 PM/EST

Click here to listen on Wed 3/25


As a result of the current COVID-19 crisis, FestForums San Francisco is cancelled. We will see you in Santa Barbara Nov 8-11th. Contact for more information. Stay safe!




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About Us

FestForums® Santa Barbara is a diverse, interactive conferences and networking events for ALL festival organizers. Addressing cutting-edge technology, sponsorships, talent, ticketing, scheduling, merchandising, operations, sustainability, charitable work, innovation, and safety, FestForums® brings together festivals and events from around the world of all sizes for lively collaboration, camaraderie, and professional development.
FestForums® Santa Barbara culminates with "Best of the Fests," an annual festival award ceremony recognizing North America’s leading festivals.





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FestForums l Hilton Beach Front Santa Barbara, CA l November 14-16, 2018

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