The CIPD Festival of Work is a chance to immerse yourself in a world of inspiration and discovery – developing you, your people and your business.

Even in light of recent events due to Coronavirus, we want to bring that directly to you, which is why we are excited to announce, we are now planning to run the festival as a three-day virtual event, from 10-12 June 2020.

Normally a jam-packed two days, we appreciate that in our current climate, the majority of our attendees are working from home and may have other work or family commitments they have to focus on during the day. For these reasons, we have taken the decision to extend the festival to three days, to provide a better experience to all attendees. The aim is to provide you with the chance to make the most of the learning and networking opportunities available during the virtual festival.

What does the virtual festival experience offer you?

In short, you will enjoy all the benefits of the festival without leaving your home (office).


Enjoy the free learning showcase sessions and conference sessions (for those conference delegate ticket holders), live and on-demand, and a library of relevant content long after the event.

Find solutions

The ability to explore the range of products and services available from our sponsors and exhibitors, across the festival floor, with our virtual exhibition stands.


Whether you are on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop, you can join us from the comfort and safety of your own home. Allowing you to stay up-to-date on the latest advice and best practices, even during these unprecedented times.


Events are all about connecting with people face-to-face. Which is why you'll also be able to make the most of our networking opportunities with video conferencing and an online chat functionality. Not to mention the interactive experiences that will be available, offering you more than your standard digital conference.

Why are we running a virtual festival?

Given the health and economic emergencies the world is facing right now, we understand that this event may be far from your mind. However, we believe that global and organisational recovery will be accelerated by harnessing the value of our people – and that is fundamentally at the core of the CIPD Festival of Work, helping you to create great people and great businesses.

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“Great two days. I learned, I laughed, I listened and loved being with likeminded people. My first ever festival was a success.”
2019 Conference Delegate