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Housing Festival 2017

Break from tradition. The new way of working needs a new type of housing event.  Housing Festival 2017 is throwing away the old conference formula. No suits, no conference suites, no prawn sandwiches. Housing Festival is chucking away the frills to focus on the good stuff - discussion in the round, participation, less being talked at...more talking back. We'll be releasing the programme soon, so keep an eye out!

We're building the programme on two fronts: real talk about the practicalities of housing management, and how to be a better housing professional. We'll be listing the learning outcomes you can expect to get from attending, because we get that time and money are in short supply - it's got to be worth it!

We don't want Housing Festival 2017 to just be for the same old conference brigade - we're keeping the price down to make it more accessible to everyone.  A single ticket is just £99 + VAT. The ethos of Housing Festival is about making real change happen, and that doesn't happen without allies, a big network, and a big melting pot of ideas - so, if you send five delegates or more, the price per person drops to £49 + VAT. We reckon that's pretty good.

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What it is:

  • A new event (as in: new type, new format, new style of venue)
    We mean it when we say this, you have not been to a CIH event like this one. 
  • An event where you'll get more out of it if you take part
    You get out what you put in. If you come to Housing Festival 2017 you'll learn something. If you come to Housing Festival 2017 and get in the middle of it, you'll learn A LOT.
  • Informal
    You don't have to wear the conference costume, come as you are - it genuinely helps you get in the right mind set to learn.
  • For pretty much everyone apart from senior leadership
    You're still welcome chief executives, but we won't be doing the big policy landscape graphs of financially viable jargon doom. We're talking real housing practice, real ways to get better every day. We do more than enough events for the other stuff.

What it isn't:

  • All ours
    We really want this one to be different - if you think we should be covering something then tell us now! We'll include what we can. Want to get involved, or speak, or volunteer? Talk to us - it's Housing's Festival, we just booked the venue.
  • An unconference
    We love unconferences, but this isn't one. Part of our mission is to build some defined learning outcomes into the programme, so we can't commit to a proper unconference format. It'd be disingenuous for us to say it was even a bit unconference-y without going the whole hog. But, if you want some unconference in your life, then get in touch with Housing Camp Cymru (they've got it nailed)

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