Anyone who has attended an Area 1 Festival Conference over the years will tell you that it is a fabulous, four-day handbell ringing extravaganza. Carrying the clout of being “The Area where it all began”, our organizers work diligently to attract the best clinicians and handbell musicians in the country to come to New England every other summer for a long weekend of learning, socializing, ringing, and FUN.

To help promote the 2019 Festival Conference, Area 1 handbell friend, Tom Nolan has created a 5-minute video that captures the music, the characters, and other important elements that make Festival Conference so memorable. If you have never attended Festival Conference before, and if you’re wondering where you fit into the scheme of things, we encourage you to watch this video:

Whether you are just beginning to ring handbells or you’ve been ringing for many years, or perhaps you’ve just inherited a handbell choir and you’re not quite sure what it involves, you will learn from and connect with many other handbell musicians at Festival Conference. These are people who are happy to support your handbell journey, throughout the weekend and much further down the road.

If you have questions about Festival Conference that are not answered on our Festival Conference page, please contact Krishna Ersson at events.area1@handbellmusicians.org.