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Recover And Reopen Covid 19 Event Safety Planning Free Webinar

Recover And Reopen Covid 19 Event Safety Planning Free Webinar

16th November 2020

We are presenting a series of webinars and safety support for AFO Members to manage COVID 19 safe festivals, with event safety specialists, Symphotech, to run December 12th, January 9th and at our member's conference on February 20th. Specifically, the legislative area will be England. Producing our festivals will be complicated in 2021. These free to attend Recover & Reopen webinars ai...

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82% of Festival goers ready to return to live events

82% of Festival goers ready to return to live events

27th May 2020

A recent survey carried out by music festival marketplace Festicket has shown that the demand for live events post-coronavirus is high, with over 80% of 110,000 festivalgoers surveyed saying they would attend an event within six months of lockdown being lifted. A third of respondents, which include music fans in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands, say they would feel confident to atten...

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Government proposes duty to protect public spaces from terror

Government proposes duty to protect public spaces from terror

28th February 2020

Security Minister James Brokenshire today (Monday 24 February 2020) announced plans to introduce a law which will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack. Delivering on the manifesto commitment to improve the safety and security of public venues and spaces, the new ‘Protect Duty’ will reflect l...

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Itís Not Just the Small Festivals

Itís Not Just the Small Festivals

16th January 2020

You may think sometimes when your local authorities start asking you for special arrangements etc. that you are being picked on, but it is not just you.  Mendip District Council responsible for licensing Glastonbury Festival have congratulated the festival organisers in looking after their customers and their staff extremely well.  However, the Scrutiny Board met on January 9th and has p...

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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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Festival Fever

Festival Fever

10th June 2019

Festival Fever We would like to talk to you more about how we can work with you to meet your needs for any festivals you are in the middle of organising. ...

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Vision:2025 at The Showmanís Show 2018: Resource Round up

Vision:2025 at The Showmanís Show 2018: Resource Round up

13th December 2018

It was great to see so many Vision:2025 festival teams and environmentally-minded suppliers at The Showman’s Show in October 2028. Thank you all for bringing your knowledge and questions on event sustainability to share with the community. In case you missed the day or wanted to follow up on conversations: Here’s a round up of the speakers and suppliers who were there with links to ...

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Top 5 things not to miss at Festout 2018

Top 5 things not to miss at Festout 2018

25th September 2018

26th& 27th September 2018, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey This week sees the UK’s festival and event industry heading to Sandown Racecourse for two days of insights, networking and catching up with the best in the industry on the issues which matter right now.  Here’s our top 5 things not to miss at this year’s show: 1)The drone downlow A new phenomenon and a di...

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Festival and Outdoor Show announces stellar line up for event safety panels

Festival and Outdoor Show announces stellar line up for event safety panels

20th September 2018

Festival and Outdoor Show announces stellar line up for event safety panels Steve Blake from Storm4 Events is curating panel discussions and talks at the Festival and Outdoor Show which are tackling the tough issues effecting organisers right now, from drone usage to preparing a counter terrorism policy. The event has revealed a speaker line up featuring some of the UK’s leading figures g...

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Time to get passionate with Nick Morgan at Festout

Time to get passionate with Nick Morgan at Festout

20th September 2018

Time to get passionate with Nick Morgan Next week (Sept 26th/ 27th) the movers and shakers of the outdoor events and festival sector will be found in Sandown Park Racecourse at Festout.   In addition to the hundred plus exhibitors on site, the show offers its visitors a focused conference program, featuring high profile industry experts. Nick Morgan CEO and founder of independ...

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The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout)

The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout)

17th July 2018

  The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) returns with a focus on key industry training September 26th/27th, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) will take place at Sandown Park on September 26thand 27thfor its second year.  Launched in 2017, Festout is aimed at bringing the outdoor events market together to learn, network and be...

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Child fatally injured from inflatable fault

Child fatally injured from inflatable fault

4th July 2018

In the first week of July 2018 a young girl enjoying the summer sunshine on a bouncy castle at the beach was hurled into the air as the castle exploded.  Unfortunately, she died of her injuries. The bouncy was more like an inflatable trampoline and part of a whole series of inflatable toys and rides on the beach. Why it exploded is currently being investigated (July 2018). &...

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Trade body urges festival organisers to take action on gas abuse

Trade body urges festival organisers to take action on gas abuse

13th June 2018

As the 2018 festival season gets underway, the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is appealing to event organisers to take a robust stance against gas abuse.  The national trade body is calling on festival organisers to prevent Nitrous Oxide getting onto their sites and help block its dangerous use. Supplying the gas for inhalation (without appropriate medical licence and ...

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Sound Advice

Sound Advice

13th June 2018

Control of noise at work in music and entertainment This is a free-to-download, web-friendly version of HSG260 (First edition, published 2008). This version has been adapted for online use from HSE’s current printed version. Click link for downloadable version  http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg260.htm...

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Festival Safe Ė A New Festival Safety Initiative

Festival Safe Ė A New Festival Safety Initiative

6th June 2018

Festival Safe – A New Festival Safety Initiative New resource aims to reduce risk and issues for festival goers   A new initiative – Festival Safe– has announced its launch this month ahead of the UK’s packed summer festival calendar.    The brainchild of Jon Drape– director of several high-profile UK festivals including Pa...

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Festival First Timer

Festival First Timer

8th May 2018

What To Expect A festival is like a small town and can be as big as one - the perimeter fence of Glastonbury is 8.5 miles long!  Festivals bring people together to party with friends and escape for the weekend.  To enjoy yourself and avoid some of the classic festival fails, it’s good to understand the environment you are going into. There will be queues -  to get in,...

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NOEA Newsletter

NOEA Newsletter

3rd May 2018

April Newsletter   Stage Lighting ...

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Creative Sector Industry Deal Agreed

Creative Sector Industry Deal Agreed

9th April 2018

Creative Sector Industry Deal Agreed At the end of last week the Government announced that it had agreed a Sector Deal with the Creative Industries which will have positive implications for producing the creative and cultural resources on which ...

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Event Counter Terrorism Risk Managers Course

Event Counter Terrorism Risk Managers Course

13th February 2018

Member offer  The first EvCTRM Course will be between 26th Feb and 2nd March 2018 at The Fire Service College, London Road, Moreton-in-Marsh Gloucestershire, GL56 ORH. The cost of course the First Event Counter Terrorism Course being offered to NOEA Members is (a one time) £950.00 (Normally£ 1950). http://www.storm4events.com/page21.html...

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Itís ok, itís never caught fire ...

Itís ok, itís never caught fire ...

18th July 2017

It has been brought to our attention that some members have insurance policies that do not include any use of fire anywhere on their site.  I strongly recommend that you check yours. For instance: Camp Fires Lantern Parades Torch Light Processions Fireworks Chinese Lanterns (which you really should not be using) Fire eaters and breathers in str...

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