What are the benefits?





The Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE) has been representing the not for profit festivals and events sector in Ireland for 27 years, making sure communities continue to produce unique, quality, and safe festivals and events in all places. Providing support, professional development, services, advocacy, and networking while fostering a community of passionate people invested in the festival and event industry, AOIFE strives to deliver membership benefits that help support the growth of the sector.

Our broad based membership includes festivals, events, local authorities, third level campuses, venues, Community Development Associations, Chambers of Commerce, and everyone in between! Each member contributes to our growing community of people who know what it’s like to run successful festivals and events. Together with AOIFE our members have an active role in the growth of the festival and event sector.

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In a nutshell:


  • Servicing and supporting over 600 not for profit festivals and events 
  • €600m direct and indirect value of this sector to the economy 
  • €49m of ROI of grant aid and some £2.5m of Northern Ireland underpinning some elements of production costs. 
  • €150m of direct costs resourced by sector 
  • 40,000 volunteers required annually to make calendar happen 
  • 300 FTE (Full Time Equivalents) jobs in total to sector 
  • 5.2 million total festival audience over 12 months
  • 42 local authorities funding festivals and events

Join us today

Annual Membership from as little as €17 per month. Contact Hilary or Liam today at info@aoifeonline.com or call 0909645831

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AOIFE delivers to you:

Festival and Event Help Desk

Free to AOIFE Members

Social Media Advice Workshop

Free to AOIFE Members

Benefits of European and International Network Linkages and CPD opportunities

Free to AOIFE Members

Digital Division Training / Services

50% off for AOIFE Members

Operating Procedures Manuals

Free to AOIFE Members

Pop Up Advice Clinics

Free to AOIFE Members

AOIFE Training Days/ Seminars/ Conferences

50% discount for AOIFE Members

Monthly Subscription to Irish Music Magazine

Free to AOIFE Members

Festival / Event Mentoring / Coaching

Free to AOIFE Members

Use of Festival Finder

Free to AOIFE Members

Monthly Member Ezine

Free to AOIFE Members

Event Insure Group Scheme Annual Insurance

10% discount for AOIFE Members


A.O.I.F.E. was established in 1993 as an association that through training, networking, and advocacy of best practice helps the not for profit community festival and event sector reach their local and international goals.

Our structures are modelled on our U.K. cousin networks – BAFA, ISAN, AFO, TESSA, NOEA, the North Americans – such as Calfest, Texasfest, Georgia Festivals, Florida Festivals and Events.

We are the State Collective member of EFA (European Festivals Association) – allowing our membership direct access to most of the member benefits of a family alliance of over 12,000 European Festivals. We are the EU Commission supported “Festivals For Europe, Europe For Festivals” Hub delivering the Festivals of Europe Awards and Labelling scheme and the EU Festival Finder.

We host the Secretariat and management of IFEA Europe – the regional affiliate of the World Festivals Association based in Boise, Idaho.

We are recognised by the Government of the Republic and Northern Ireland Assembly Executive and their respective departments and relevant agencies.

We have an Honorary International Affiliate membership for all Irish and Celtic Festival producers.


If you would like to contact us for any of our services such as Festiva Coordinator Training, Festival Advice or Discount on Festival Insurance, you can reach us with the contact details below. We are always happy to hear from our clients and guests as we value your feedback.

Telephone & Email

Our desk is open between the hours of 10am and 5pm Monday-Friday feel to contact us via email outside these hours and we will get back to you during office hours.

Telephone: +353 (0)90 9645831

Email: info@aoifeonline.com

Email: 307, Ballinasloe Enterprise & Technologic Centre, Creagh Road, Ballinasloe

Company Registration: 465525