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APPG for Events  (All Party Parliamentary Group)

APPG for Events (All Party Parliamentary Group)

26th November 2020

After some considerable time colleagues at EIF have now got this valuable support group up and running again. The date for the first meeting of the APPG for Events is now scheduled for Tuesday  8th December. The first meeting is to activate the group. There are 30MPs who have signed up for the group. And there will soon be further meetings to brief the Chair on the events sector....

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UK Festivals Planning Guidance Around Covid 19

UK Festivals Planning Guidance Around Covid 19

13th October 2020

Updating guidance launched today (13th October 2020) includes contributions from across the festival industry working in collaboration with DCMS and Public Health England. Newly published festival guidance around Covid-19 will assist festival organisers, safety advisory group members, local directors of public health and other industry parties in assessing risk levels and planning fes...

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Major Events International Summit

Major Events International Summit

16th September 2020

THE MAJOR EVENTS SUMMIT - 2ND DECEMBER 2020   COPING WITH THE CHALLENGES OF EVENT DELIVERY IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC     Major Events International (MEI) is a Management Consultancy who, for over 10 years, have specialised in helping all organisations succeed in the global sports events market: from commercial companies, rights holders, gover...

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Kendal Mountain Festival 2020

Kendal Mountain Festival 2020

15th September 2020

Kendal Mountain Festival's Announcement: As mountain enthusiasts, we’re all familiar with the challenge of assessing risk. Do you continue to head for that summit, or seek another route? Recent events have made it clear that, for us, it’s time to re-calibrate. We all want Kendal Mountain Festival to excite and inspire in the same way that it has for forty years. But bringing ...

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£1.57B of Investment to Protect Britain’s World Class Culture Arts and Heritage Institutions

£1.57B of Investment to Protect Britain’s World Class Culture Arts and Heritage Institutions

8th July 2020

"£1.57B of Investment to Protect Britain’s World Class Culture Arts and Heritage Institutions" That was the heading on the government's press release of 5 July.  Here at AFO we were delighted. However, on closer inspection they tell us that a good proportion of this package will be in the form of loans with about £880M being handed out in grants. For m...

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Big Difference Company seeks new CEO for the Leicester Comedy Festival

Big Difference Company seeks new CEO for the Leicester Comedy Festival

5th June 2020

BIG DIFFERENCE COMPANY seeks new CEO, for the Leicester Comedy Festival and more. This could be a new role and direction for a festival organiser (and this is not a joke ) Chief Executive - Big Difference Company Location: Leicester Salary: c£40,000 per annum Closing date: 5pm Friday 3 July 2020   The UK’s Official Comedy Party - celebrating comedy since 1994   Big ...

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Market Traders Survey From NMTF

Market Traders Survey From NMTF

5th June 2020

20% of the traders registered with NMTF trade at festivals and events. In a recent survey conducted by NMTF with regard to the effect of COVID-19 and its impact on the market traders, it was revealed that approximately 9000 market traders carry out business at festivals and events in the UK.  There are 32,000 market and street traders known to be operating in the UK. AFO is a little dis...

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From Glastonbury to Ibiza

From Glastonbury to Ibiza

20th March 2020

The good news is Michael and Emily Eavis, in true Glastonbury fashion, are doing the decent thing and offering first shout for 2021 tickets to the 135000 peeps who paid the £50 deposit for this year’s ticket.  Or if they need the cash, they can have their £50 back; bet there aren’t many of those. So, the BIG one is gone and there have been many others.  No doub...

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Underneath the Stars Festival wins an Award!

Underneath the Stars Festival wins an Award!

13th January 2020

      Belated congratulations to directors, staff and all who helped make it happen – Underneath the Stars Festival received the Small Festival of the Year Award from NOEA, and in recognition of their good work they also received the Judges Special Award. The awards took place at the NOEA AGM and Conference in Bath, back in November. Alistair Turner, Chair of th...

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Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

20th November 2019

After a little bit of research we have somewhere for you to send all those unwanted lanyards.  How brilliant is THAT?! The Recycle Yard is not for profit and recycles waste from individuals and businesses (mostly in Wakefield and the surrounding areas) that can be reused for arts, crafts and play. We’ve been in touch and they are more than happy to take packages from you, wherever...

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Can you help Cleckheaton Folk Festival

Can you help Cleckheaton Folk Festival

2nd November 2019

Dear All Could you help me out with gaining funding for our project? I need to try and get 10 more backers over the next week so that the Council will consider pledging to my campaign. Please remember:  you can pledge as little as £2 if we don't hit our target no money is taken from your account  Myself and my committee are trying to get this project...

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British Red Cross to stop providing first aid at events due to cost cutting

British Red Cross to stop providing first aid at events due to cost cutting

25th October 2019

  The British Red Cross is to stop providing first aid at events as part of a cost-cutting drive, the charity has announced. In a break from decades of tradition, the charity said it will pull out of attending events to focus on directing funds to other parts of its operations such as crisis support. Check here for the full article https://www.scotsman.com/health/british-red-cross...

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European Festival Report

European Festival Report

25th October 2019

EUROPEAN FESTIVAL REPORT   ...

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Playpass Monthly News Letter

Playpass Monthly News Letter

2nd October 2019

 Welcome to the PlayPass monthly newsletter   Keeping you up to speed on our ever-evolving technology and all the clever things...

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Festival Supplier Awards

Festival Supplier Awards

2nd October 2019

30TH JANUARY 2020 ...

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Event Industry Green Survey Launched

Event Industry Green Survey Launched

2nd October 2019

EVENT INDUSTRY GREEN SURVEY LAUNCHED    The 5th annual Event Industry Green Survey is now live, launched by Powerful Thinking, the not-for-profit think-tank for event sustainability.    The survey results will contribute to the 2nd edition of The Show Must Go On report, to be published early 2020, after the success of Powerful Thinking’s Festival Vis...

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UK Festival Awards

UK Festival Awards

1st October 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 11PM on OCTOBER 4TH     With so many applications still coming in, the UK Festival Awards has extended the deadline for entries until 11pm on October 4th. This really is the last opportunity for you to nominate your festival(s) for these prestigious, internationally recognised accolades in 2019. For real this time.   ...

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WI-FI  - Just before the festival….

WI-FI - Just before the festival….

13th August 2019

“I have been on the site and 3G and 4G are very strong”.  Then of course the festival or event starts. 5000 people are queuing up and the networks will be handling anything over 2000 mobiles in one go. The Box Office will be scanning QR codes Cashless systems will be selling goods Children will be streaming videos whilst they wait And finally, your customers will be...

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Timber Festival, 5 - 7 July at Feanedock in the National Forest

Timber Festival, 5 - 7 July at Feanedock in the National Forest

13th August 2019

The Best New Festival in the UK returned to the National Forest for the second time at the weekend in an unforgettable celebration of nature and world-class performance. Timber Festival, organised by the National Forest Company and award-winning outdoor event producers Wild Rumpus, took place in the beautiful 70acre woodland at Feanedock with an audience of 5000 excited festival goers a...

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‘If they are not professionals, they shouldn't be doing it'

‘If they are not professionals, they shouldn't be doing it'

13th August 2019

At one of the earliest Events Industry Forum meetings our good friend Mick Upton RIP made a similar statement along the lines of ‘If they are not spending their whole time organising and planning events, then they really should stick to their day jobs’.  There was an interesting debate around the room, but it was concluded in the end that most festivals and events in the UK a...

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