With so much happening in the industry this year, we’re giving each theme two days, that’s five themes over the course of ten days.
Click through the 2021 Programme themes to find out more.
This year we’re bringing Awards to X. Festival. There's five award categories: Design & Innovation, Destination Industry, Sustainability & Stewardship, Placemaking and Digital Marketing.
We’ll showcase nominees’ work throughout and announce the winners at the end of the Festival in a free & open Award ceremony. Winners will receive digital badges and certificates to showcase their accomplishments.
Visit our Awards page to find out more.
After a year of zoom calls and virtual meetings, we're all a bit tired of the screen. That's why, this year, we decided to expand the festival to ten half-days instead of five fully-packed days. So, you can tune in for a couple of hours and then have the rest of the day to get on with your own things and reflect on what you've learnt (hopefully screen-free).
We'll also aim to keep keynotes and discussions short and punchy (where possible), so that you get the most of each session and, just like last year, everything will be available on-demand, so you can catch up or rewatch as you please.
For this year's edition of X. Festival, we wanted to shine a spotlight on our local area and the businesses that make it such an incredible place. We'll be introducing every day from a different location in Kent, England, and have conversations with local business owners on how they've been dealing with the past year and how they are preparing for the future. Be sure to tune in every day to find out more; you'll be surprised to see where we end up!
Last year, we had over 100 speakers and 60 talks. Here are just a few highlights from 2020.