Shaking things up – Festival of Hospitality announces jam-packed programme of ‘Anything but Ordinary’ events

  • 15 September 2022

Festival of Hospitality

Festival of Hospitality announces its incredible 6-week programme of ‘Anything but Ordinary’ events, taking place in real life and online throughout October and November 2022, designed to inspire and unite the hospitality industry, in partnership with headline sponsors, Cumming Group and Beck Interiors. 

On sale now, the Festival of Hospitality Pass is the golden ticket to accessing the entire programme of over 20+ interactive and fun events, predominantly taking place in London at some of the city’s hottest hotels and venues and starring an impressive line-up of industry innovators. 

Industry game changers hosting Fireside Chats include, Harry Jameson and Handley Amos of Pillar Wellbeing, the team behind the wellness spaces at Raffles London at The OWO and Caroline Till from Franklin Till, curators of the thought-provoking Our Time on Earth exhibition at the Barbican.  Plus, the programme offers behind-the scenes tours of the UK’s most talked about new hotels and creative spaces, including, One Hundred Shoreditch, Pantechnicon, Amano Covent Garden, Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End, The Westin London City and LEVEN Manchester. 

Live Signature Sessions:  

Wednesday 19th October – Starting as the festival means to go on, this is no ordinary launch event. Industry champions with interesting stories to tell will kickstart the programme of events at MyStorySlam taking place at Old Sessions House. Featuring Pete Warden of LXA Hospitality, Jules Pearson, VP of F&B concepts at Ennismore and a diverse range of individuals representing all career paths, roles, and stages. 

Tuesday 8th November – Asking the question ‘Does the metaverse have a place in the hospitality industry?’ Philippa Wagner, Founder of PW/c will play Devil’s Advocate between Lewis Silkin, 4C Hotel Group and LEVEN taking place at Ombra, in partnership with Negroni Talks by Fourth Space.  

Thursday 18th November – In partnership with HIX and AHEAD and in celebration of the wider UK hospitality industry, the Festival concludes at HIX with a Next Gen & Tonic cocktail reception with a thought-provoking talk by Franklin Till, materials and sustainability futures research agency. 

Digital Downloads:

From 10th October pass holders will be able to access the digital content including Hospitality Futures, an online-only trends seminar hosted by brand strategist, Philippa Wagner, who will be exploring the festival’s theme and what ‘Togetherness’ really means for the industry following the pandemic. With experience of working with some of the biggest brand names in the hospitality space this will be a chance to better understand the power of connectivity. 

Founders of Festival of Hospitality and business consultancy, Always Thinking, Karen Willey and Katie Tobin, comment, “We are so excited to be able to share our line-up of events, which we believe delivers on our vision to bring together people from across the whole hospitality eco-system. We know people learn through experiences, so we urge individuals and businesses to sign up for passes and join us to help shape the future of our industry.” 

The Festival of Hospitality Pass is priced at £250 providing access to the full programme of events, panel discussions, networking, and hotel tours (excluding those few which are invite only). Festival Passes can be purchased online.