The Yorkshire Festivals Network at the UK Centre for Events Management supports a community of over 150 arts, cultural and music festivals across the region through a programme of events, training opportunities, consultancy support and advocacy.

After a trip to the UK Festival Conference & Awards in November, the Network is pleased to have been approached by the organisers of the Awards to create a partnership bringing festival organisers across the North to the inaugural event in their new City Sessions programme.

City Sessions is a series of mini-conferences across Britain to help festival businesses learn, share information and find solutions to common problems. Taking place in a different location each month, the City Sessions will examine one issue in detail per event through panel discussion from experts and open debate with delegates. This will be followed by an opportunity to network.

The session on Friday 26th March at 02 Academy Leeds will focus on 'Surviving the Age of Austerity: How festivals can beat the economic downturn' and is designed to help attendees from the North East, North West and Yorkshire come away with new ideas and solutions to meet the very real challenges they are facing.

Together we have sourced a panel of some of the festival industry's leading promoters and experts including Fiona Stewart, Director of Green Man Festival; James Barton, CEO of Creamfields Festival; Jim Mawdsley, CEO Generator and Director of Evolution Festival; Holly Payton, Managing Director of the World Festivals Network and Dr Stephen Henderson, Senior Lecturer at UKCEM.

Tickets are £25 and full information can be found here.