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AFO Training is open to both AFO members and non-members.

A-Z of Festival Management

Once a month somebody calls the AFO Office and says ‘I would quite like to run a festival but not sure how to start’.  And that is what the A-Z is for.  It is a fairly basic run through all the elements of putting a festival together.  Some of them will be directly appropriate to a new event, some perhaps not, but they are worth knowing. Join Steve Heap for a half day training session on the A-Z of Festival Management this autumn.

Steve has been running festivals since 1975 and involved in them before that.  Over this period, he has gained an enormous amount of information and experience and is now more than happy to share it with you, the festival organiser, in your early years or indeed the beginner.

Cost: £50 for AFO members (£65 for non-members)
Venue and date: tbc depending on where delegates are based

If you are interested in attending this Training Day please email

Risk Assessments and Road Closures - the how, what, where and why with Andy Grove from HighGrove Events Limited 

This Training Day took place on 4 May 2017.  Read the report here.  If you would like to attend a similar Training Day please let us know

AFO Training Days - what would you like next?

What topic would you like the next Training Day to focus on? Please let the AFO office know and we will get it sorted.

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