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RESEARCH

RESEARCH

5th April 2022

There is always plenty of research going on and I know it can be tedious completing surveys and questionnaires. However the information gathered from these is very valuable indeed.  It is the way government make decisions both local and national and they base it on facts, figures and information. So, the recent Eventbrite Trends Report of 2022 made for a very interesting read.  I agree ...

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Salisbury City Hall – Looking to the Future

Salisbury City Hall – Looking to the Future

5th April 2022

Wiltshire Council is running a soft market test exercise (SMT), to explore future options to remobilise the City Hall entertainment venue in Salisbury. This process will help inform how Wiltshire Council will progress future options for the venue. The aim of the SMT is to: Gather information to support the council’s decision-making process in any next steps and will only be used for rese...

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Help Musicians Fund

Help Musicians Fund

1st April 2022

Help Musicians has launched a £250,000 fund. If you are or know of professional musicians wanting help with getting their touring career back up and running, then contact HELP MUSICIANS now!...

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LIVE Events Reinsurance Scheme

LIVE Events Reinsurance Scheme

29th March 2022

Readers will remember that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced a government organised reinsurance scheme linked to the pandemic. DCMS have now conducted a Spring Review and made some minor changes to the systems and procedures. If anyone is interested this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/live-events-reinsurance-scheme...

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COVID and Other News

COVID and Other News

28th March 2022

COVID News: At a recent Festival Working Group with DCMS Tom Rodden, Science Advisor to DCMS, reported: “The ONS Survey recently informed us that 1 in 20 people currently have Covid.  However, most are working along the lines that it is a little bit like flu and having been vaccinated are not needing to attend hospital. Although it is noted in NHS that the number of people attending h...

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RED DIESEL - No longer allowed! 

RED DIESEL - No longer allowed! 

28th March 2022

In this weeks’ budget the Chancellor had the opportunity to make a difference for our outdoor events industry. 5p off the fuel tax (yet to be confirmed that it will apply to white diesel and biofuels) does not make enough difference to really help us. So, whilst we recognise that the government announced this banning of red diesel for festival sites two years ago it didn’t actually hi...

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Crowds and Events Safety Lead

Crowds and Events Safety Lead

28th March 2022

Events Safety Lead (208445) The Hawkhills, Easingwold, York YO61 3EG Salary £50,000 per annum plus benefits. Full time - Monday - Friday 38 hours per week (Flexible/ part time and remote working will be considered) Are you an events industry professional or emergency planner with a track record in organising the safety and security of sporting and other major events? Would you be interest...

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Spring Budget: AFO response

Spring Budget: AFO response

23rd March 2022

As a quick response on behalf of Festivals I offer the following: I was not able to hear all of the chancellors statement, but as always they announce what they see as headline grabbing detail and good news and bury the actual detail in the small print. So, from an AFO point of view and not a personal one, it appears we were unsuccessful in achieving VAT at 5% on ticket sales. So one must assume...

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AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 21 March 2022

AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 21 March 2022

21st March 2022

AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 21 March 2022                                     In my last GSW on 14 February I was flagging up the fact that Conference having been online was now available on the website...

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Event Production Show

Event Production Show

10th March 2022

AFO General Secretary, Steve Heap attended the Event Production Show on both days this week. Here are his thoughts from the event… "The panels were very informative and although I was not there to buy or hire, those that were needed to move quick. There was a theme there that said the events industry is in for a busy season and there is a shortage of stock and staff. So, even though the...

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Vision2025 Newsletter

Vision2025 Newsletter

7th March 2022

February Vision: 2025 News Bulletin This month, as well as our regular features, we spotlight resources to support event organisers in tackling the environmental impacts of serving food and drink, with a blog on salvaging food waste and inspiration on cutting single use plastic cups. Read on for...  Green Leader Q&A with Nathan Jackson, Head of Production at Walk The Plank Guest ...

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LIVE Newsletter

LIVE Newsletter

7th March 2022

End Of Covid-19 Restrictions In England On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the final easing of legal Covid-19 restrictions in England. The move signals the end of legally enforceable Covid-19 measures after nearly two years, and marks the last significant easing of restrictions since Plan B measures were abolished last month. There has been some conflict between HM Treasu...

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Julie's Bicycle: Climate Heritage Network announces 2022-24 steering committee

Julie's Bicycle: Climate Heritage Network announces 2022-24 steering committee

4th March 2022

The Climate Heritage Network was launched in 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland UK by organisations committed to unlocking the immense power of arts, culture and heritage to drive just and transformative climate action. The Steering Committee is the governing body of the CHN, with responsibility for determining and overseeing the Network’s strategic direction. The new CHN Steering Commit...

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Derby Folk Festival is back for 2022

Derby Folk Festival is back for 2022

2nd March 2022

Derby Folk Festival is back this autumn bringing amazing acts and a great atmosphere right into the heart of the city. Produced by Derby LIVE and in association with Bob on Arts this year’s festival will run over three days from Fri 30 Sep to Sun 2 Oct. After the sell-out success of last year’s festival, which saw visitors travel from around the UK and Ireland to attend the 15th Derby...

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Applications now open for the 2023-26 Investment Programme

Applications now open for the 2023-26 Investment Programme

1st March 2022

Following the publication of the Addendum to the Guidance for Applicants for the Arts Council England National Lottery Fund 2023-26 Investment Programme, the application portal is now open until 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 18 May 2022. This means that, if you’re planning to apply, you can now submit your application when you are ready. Making your application You can find everythi...

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Steve Heap receives Industry Legend Award

Steve Heap receives Industry Legend Award

19th February 2022

Steve Heap, General Secretary of The Association of Festival Organisers, has received the Industry Legend Award at the 2022 Event Production Awards. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 17 February at Novotel London West, with Andy Lenthall, CEO Festival Insights Ltd, presenting the Industry Legend Award to a surprised Steve Heap on the night.Launched in 2012, the Event Production Awards are...

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Opportunity at Pontins

Opportunity at Pontins

18th February 2022

The Pontins Team are looking for exciting new events to come to their parks and benefit everything they have to offer. There are many benefits to hosting an event at one of their parks the main one being that everything is under one roof from the accommodation to the stages. It's all included in the one package! They are currently looking for event organisers who would perhaps be interested in h...

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Steve Heap Reflects On 2021 and Instils Confidence For 2022

Steve Heap Reflects On 2021 and Instils Confidence For 2022

14th February 2022

For the last two years The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), just like the rest of the industry, has been suffering blow after blow. Should we operate, should we not? Will we be able to get the stocks? Will the government give us some insurance cover? Has the supply chain collapsed? Can the Arts Council help with funding? These and many other questions have crossed my desk on several occas...

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AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 14 February 2022

AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 14 February 2022

14th February 2022

It is over a month since my last General Secretary Writes.  There has been turmoil in No.10.  Some collective congratulations for a Conference and, sadly, the loss of some lovely people. First a bit of general news.  Market Times is the trade magazine for the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF).  They are always interested to hear how market trading at your festivals an...

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

11th February 2022

Major Events Manager - Conwy Council Job title: Major Events Manager Job reference: REQ004406 Date posted: 02/02/2022 Application closing date: 28/02/2022 Location: Various Salary: G08 £33,782 - £36,922 per annum Package: 37 hours per week, permanent Job category/type: Corporate Job description: Service: Economy & Culture Section: Events Management Ability to Communicat...

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