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Working for and with festivals and events, supporting live arts

AFO: Working for and with festivals and events, supporting live arts

The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene. Created in 1987 with a small gathering of people working in the community festival business, AFO now has over 250 members who exchange ideas and support one another to help develop our sector.

Are you a festival or event organiser, supplier, freelancer or student? If you have anything to do with festivals or events, yes anything, you should join AFO.

The AFO Office is open year round to offer you help and support. Contact us today!


                                                                    

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Testimonials

  • Sandra Surtees, Director Shrewsbury Folk Festival

    "AFO membership is particularly good value and even more important these days. Covid-19 has nearly decimated our industry and the AFO is working tirelessly to help in every way it can...I very much appreciate all the work going on behind the scenes to help us come through the other side and thrive. Thanks a million."

  • Rowan Riley, Oundle International Festival

    "What a great bunch you are providing amazing resources and support, especially during these potentially devastating times."

  • John Wirtz, Sore Fingers Summer School

    "I really believe the AFO have played a big part in raising the standards of the UK outdoor festival scene."

  • Joe Heap, Towersey Festival

    "Towersey has been a member of the AFO since its inception. It is without a doubt the most useful trade organisation we could ever be a member of. If you work in Festival or Events in any way, you really must be part of AFO. The advice, the advocacy and lobbying is worth the membership alone."

  • Geoff Leon, Festival Vision

    "The AFO have played a major role in helping start our fledging business and since then the sessions, conferences and contacts are an integral part of our marketing strategy."

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Latest News From AFO

The NOEA Awards

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I would like to offer congratulations to NOEA for organising and running their 2022 Awards for the Outdoor Events Industry. In particular, Best Practice Award went to Black Deer Festival, the Judges Award to Cube Modular w...

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We are very fortunate to have a very good contact in the Showmen’s Guild in Des Fitzgerald. I was recently watching BBC television and saw ‘We are England’ – England’s Greatest Showman’.&...

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Will you hit net zero by 2030?

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Starting with your 2023 festival, 2030 is only 7 years away. By the time you get there will you have reduced your carbon footprint down to a net zero? You don’t know how to do it? See websites Vision2025 or Julie...

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5% VAT on Tickets

5% VAT on Tickets

If your festival is registered for VAT and most are these days, you might like to be reminded that AFO is a member of LIVE and one of the main drives as this year comes to an end and we look towards next years’ April ...

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Steve Heap Attended Event Buyers Live

Steve Heap Attended Event Buyers Live

Steve Heap, General Secretary of the AFO attended the Event Buyers Live at the Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire today. The venue was outstanding and the event extremely well organised. Full of keen, friendly festival supp...

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The UK Music Business – more men than women?

The UK Music Business – more men than women?

I am pleased to report that at last the music industry across the UK is delivering diversity and equality. Much more work is still to be done but I am pleased to report that there are more women than men at all levels of th...

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