Stick May, 28th in the calendar, as AVA are set to host an afternoon of talks, discussions, live sets, mixes and visual art for an extra special live stream event.

Staying true to the quality standard of creativity, AVA pulls together a serious selection of talent from Belfast and beyond, including Annie Macmanus and Max Cooper heading up talks and conversations, plus Holly Lester, Robbie Kitt, Visual Spectrum and Kev Freeney who’ll be collaborating on DJ sets and mesmerising visual performances representing the true AVA experience. All of the day’s events can be streamed for free at, a taster for the full AVA experience to follow in September.

Event finer details:

Representing the arm of the AVA Conference will be a series of curated conversations, where audiences are invited to learn from industry leaders and artists alike. A highlight talk will be Annie Macmanus in conversation with Seamas O’Reilly; where one of the nations favourite broadcasters and curators will be touching on the theme of evolution within careers and art – delving into Annie’s transitions from Dublin to Belfast to London and DJ/broadcasting superstardom, and now to Author & Podcaster. As an ex-student of Queen’s University, Annie will also be touching on her relationship with Belfast in her discussion with Seamas filmed at the House of St Barnabas.

Also part of the program is AVA favourite Max Cooper, who’ll deliver a workshop around his Yearning For The Infinite project. Plus, there’ll be a panel on ‘DIY Release Strategies 101’ digging deep into the strategic side of release campaigns. Plenty for artists and next-generation industry heads to learn from throughout the day.

‘Annie Mac’s career and what she has done for the industry, particularly females, is staggering. Her transition from DJ to Radio and now Author is inspiring and a story we want to know more about! I am thrilled that we have her on board, alongside the very talented Max digging deep into his Visual Album ‘Yearning for the Infinite’, Robbie & Kevin Freeney’s Live show, Holly Lester and Visual Spectrum and a panel not to be missed for those planning their first release. The day is packed with unmissable content, to celebrate our annual AVA fix!’ – Sarah McBriar (AVA Founder).

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