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Solo Visitors to Your Festival

Solo Visitors to Your Festival

16th May 2022

Many of the AFO festival members get ticket requests and purchases from people who attend alone. You might call them solo visitors. Have you ever thought that getting all those people together in a special space for a chat, networking, sharing of thoughts, might be useful for them and each other. Take the example of Costa del Folk in Spain and Portugal. They have solo travellers meetings. AFO is...

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Flackstock one-day festival to raise money for mental health charities

Flackstock one-day festival to raise money for mental health charities

28th April 2022

Family and friends of TV presenter Caroline Flack have revealed details of Flackstock – a one-day festival to celebrate Caroline’s life with comedy, dance, and musical acts this summer. Sponsored by McDonald’s, Flackstock will take place in the grounds of Englefield, the Elizabethan House and estate near Pangbourne in Berkshire on July 25. With a committee i...

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Great Harwood Showground to host new Festiva festival

Great Harwood Showground to host new Festiva festival

28th April 2022

Eventa, has launched Festiva, an “ultimate family festival experience”, that will arrive in Great Harwood, East Lancashire on August 13 and 14, 2022. Taking place at Great Harwood Showground, the two-day event will feature music tribute acts and artists, an entertainment programme for kids including a circus and fairground rides, inflatables, and a food, beer and cocktails arena ...

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The Online Shows Continue... Big Burns Supper

The Online Shows Continue... Big Burns Supper

20th January 2022

Check out our online events!  As well as our free, online Burns Night event - Eddi Reader's Big Burns Supper - we have four other free, online events running between now and Saturday 29th January! Tonight, at 6pm, Coinneach MacLeod – also known as the Hebridean Baker – will be taking over our Facebook page for an evening of honing in on your cooking skills. Fo...

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Big Burns Supper Battle On

Big Burns Supper Battle On

6th January 2022

With all the special covid arrangements in place in Scotland AFO member BIG burns supper are unable to present their usual selection. Not to be defeated they offer all of this instead read on … Happy New Year from everyone at Big Burns Supper – we hope you have a prosperous year ahead, and you get the chance to see lots of live events.   We recently wrote to you to inf...

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Aberdare Choir Festival

Aberdare Choir Festival

16th December 2021

Aberdare Choir Festival is a Town Choir festival based in Aberdare, south Wales. The Event is due to take place in July 2022 and will gender a whole town involvement. The festival requires a company to take on the organisational side of the event. If you are interested or require more information, please email [email protected]

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First Additions to Spectacular Line-up Announced for Timber Festival 2022, a Celebration of Music, Forests, Art and Ideas in the National Forest

First Additions to Spectacular Line-up Announced for Timber Festival 2022, a Celebration of Music, Forests, Art and Ideas in the National Forest

13th December 2021

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 July 2022, Feanedock woodland, the National Forest. Tickets at www.timberfestival.org.uk Including Penguin Cafe, The Turbans, Josienne Clarke, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, writer Max Porter, beatboxer Testament, films from Kendal Mountain Festival, circus, dance, theatre, and more! Timber Festival will return to the National Forest next summer for three specta...

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Mike Boston

Mike Boston

13th December 2021

Sadly, after the sad loss of Barry Coope last month we are now somewhat shocked to hear Mike Boston of Great Western Morris and GW ceilidhs has died suddenly. Mike was the life and soul of all and any party. He of the blue and white check jacket was best dancer, trainer and Fool for great western for decades. His amazing charm and dancing skill turned morris dancing into a show, an exhibitio...

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Beardy Festival 2021 – A Successful Socially Distanced Festival!

Beardy Festival 2021 – A Successful Socially Distanced Festival!

28th June 2021

Beardy Festival 2021 – A Successful Socially Distanced Festival! You might think that it would be impossible to stage a socially distanced outdoor festival where attendees enjoy themselves as much as they would in ‘normal’ conditions and feel totally safe at the same time – but Beardy Festival 2021 has pulled it off…again! Beardy Folk Festival is an expertl...

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Attendees At Most Outdoor Events Do Not Need To Give Their Contact Details Under The Test And Trace Regulations.

Attendees At Most Outdoor Events Do Not Need To Give Their Contact Details Under The Test And Trace Regulations.

14th May 2021

The Department of Health and DCMS have clarified that attendees at most outdoor events do not need to give their contact details under the test and trace regulations. You don’t need to collect DATA (but it helps if you do) The Department of Health and DCMS have clarified that attendees at most outdoor events do not need to give their contact details under the test and trace regulations...

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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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