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Hotel Planner

Hotel Planner

19th November 2021

The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) wants to welcome our newest associate to our group - HotelPlanner.com. HotelPlanner is a leading travel technology company that provides individual, group and corporate travel bookings, specialising in unique “Closed User Group” discount rates. Thousands of event organisers use Hotelplanner to provide their attendees with easy to book...

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Applications for the 2021 Parklife Community Fund open now and close Friday 28 January 2022

Applications for the 2021 Parklife Community Fund open now and close Friday 28 January 2022

18th November 2021

The Community Fund, run by Parklife, in cooperation with Manchester, Bury and Rochdale councils, is the result of the festival’s approach to partnership working with the three local authorities. The fund is designed for the benefit of community groups and priority is given to groups and projects that benefit parks and open spaces and young people. Funds are generated from...

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Covid-19 Mitigations “ Industry Best Practice

Covid-19 Mitigations “ Industry Best Practice

6th November 2021

Covid-19 Mitigations – Industry Best Practice The Covid-19 pandemic forced an unprecedented shutdown on the live music industry that latest for over a year. Throughout this time, LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) have worked relentlessly with the Government and their scientific advisors to create guidance for reopening that will create the lowest risk of Covid-19 transmi...

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Birmingham 2022 Seeking 100 New Recruits for Operations Team

Birmingham 2022 Seeking 100 New Recruits for Operations Team

5th November 2021

Birmingham 2022 Seeking 100 New Recruits for Operations Team The team delivering the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is set to expand further over the next few months, with the organisation currently seeking applicants for more than 100 new roles in the operations division. Current vacancies include operations managers where candidates with previous experience in v...

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Live Events Reinsurance FAQs

Live Events Reinsurance FAQs

5th November 2021

Some months ago the government introduced an Insurance scheme that would in theory cover the festival industry in a pandemic. It came after almost a year of lobbying and negotiation.The end result as we have previously stated is far from the needed plan. In some areas has been referred to as "not fit for purpose." To help you make up your own mind and hopefully to inform you DCMS have put togethe...

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National Lottery Project Grants is Changing

National Lottery Project Grants is Changing

3rd November 2021

About the fund National Lottery Project Grants provides funding to individuals and organisations for time-limited arts, library and museums projects. They have refreshed the fund to help deliver their new strategy, Let’s Create. Made possible thanks to income from National Lottery players, the fund will continue to support individual artists, community and cultural organisations ac...

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Youtube Music Joins LIVE As A Founding Member, Supporting The UK’s Live Music Industry’s Recovery

Youtube Music Joins LIVE As A Founding Member, Supporting The UK’s Live Music Industry’s Recovery

1st November 2021

LIVE is trade body for the UK’s live music industry and the voice of over 4,000 artists and 2,000 backstage workers across the £4.6 billion industry As a founding member YouTube Music demonstrates their support to the live music industry and will provide both funding and bespoke training to support the post pandemic recovery YouTube Music and Google will launch RE:Boot Live ...

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Government Report Finds Event Vaccine Passports Would Have Minimal Benefit But Significant Cost

Government Report Finds Event Vaccine Passports Would Have Minimal Benefit But Significant Cost

1st November 2021

The Cabinet Office’s Covid-19 task force has reportedly published analysis that suggests the implementation of vaccine passports at mass events would reduce overall community transmission by between just 1% and 5%. The report found that the introduction of the scheme at mass events, for the proposed five-month “Plan B” period until March 2022, would have such a minimal impact ...

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Live Green: COP26 - Music Focussed Events, Performances and Coverage

Live Green: COP26 - Music Focussed Events, Performances and Coverage

26th October 2021

Monday 25th October: Culture: the missing link - a lens on policy / 13:00 – 14:30 BST / ONLINE https://juliesbicycle.com/event/ On the eve of COP26 this digital event will unveil the results of new research, mapping national arts policies to climate policies, which seeks to strengthen the creative climate movement and mobilise action rapidly. The event will thread together intern...

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General Secretary Writes -  October 2021 Part 2

General Secretary Writes - October 2021 Part 2

22nd October 2021

General Secretary Writes – October 2021 Part 2 Since I last wrote with my diary entries up to 8 October there has been quite a lot going on, but we should open by sadly noting the passing of Paddy Maloney, the Chieftains founder member.  Paddy Maloney was piper, whistle player, manager of band.  Born in 1938 he grew up in Donnycarney in the northern part of county Dublin.  He...

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General Secretary Writes - October 2021

General Secretary Writes - October 2021

12th October 2021

I wrote to you last on 24 September and was planning to write again after two or three weeks but there is so much going on that the file is getting a bit bulky so here it is: Mobile Ordering Apps Technology is charging along at a rapid pace and apps that can be adapted to the festival and events industry are now commonplace.  For example, NOQ is built with events and venues in mind all...

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The People's Festival Of Europe UK Is Coming

The People's Festival Of Europe UK Is Coming

6th October 2021

Plans have been announced for a partly crowd-funded Festival of Europe UK in 2022. The aim is to show the world that the United Kingdom is still an active part of Europe and open to mutually enriching experiences, learning and friendship. The website with a crowdfunder link has been set up to generate initial seed funding. The festival will host a full programme of events during the summe...

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More Exciting Speakers Added to Event Buyers Live’s Content Programme

More Exciting Speakers Added to Event Buyers Live’s Content Programme

1st October 2021

More exciting speakers added to Event Buyers Live’s content programme In less than two months’ time, Stand Out Multimedia, the organiser of Event Buyers Live, will welcome live event organisers and suppliers to EMCC and Orchard Hotel for intense meetings, networking, and education. Building on the success of the 2019 event, which facilitated pre-arranged meetings between...

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Vision: 2025 Returns To The Showman’s Show for ‘Journey to Net Zero’ Conference

Vision: 2025 Returns To The Showman’s Show for ‘Journey to Net Zero’ Conference

29th September 2021

The first Vision: 2025 conference for two years will take place in person at Newbury Showground, 20th October 2021. In the run up to COP26, the ‘Journey to Net Zero’ conference will bring together trail-blazers from the world of outdoor event sustainability to share knowledge, working practices and look at new products and services to support organisers and suppliers tackling en...

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AFO General Secretary Writes - September 2021 Part 2

AFO General Secretary Writes - September 2021 Part 2

24th September 2021

Since I last wrote my diary back at the beginning of September, once again it has been a very busy time around the AFO office.  Here are a few snippets of information that has been gathered, along with my diary report. In response to Business Rates proposals - government recently asked LIVE some very specific questions as part of their consultation on work towards longer term support. ...

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Update AFO Members Profile Pages

Update AFO Members Profile Pages

24th September 2021

The website is constantly being updated and we need some more information from you to make your profile active in several areas.  It’s really important that your profile is kept up to date to stay active. Festival members - please provide: The name of the event – some of you registered under your name which prevents the event from showing as a member A website address w...

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Major Events International's UK Events Summit 2021

Major Events International's UK Events Summit 2021

23rd September 2021

    UK EVENTS SUMMIT, MANCHESTER   Major Events International (MEI)'s 4th UK Events Summit, in partnership with the Women’s Sport's Alliance Global Summit and in association with Cube International will be held at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on the 15 December 2021   At a time of significant challe...

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Vision: 2025 launch the 2021 Event Industry Green Survey

Vision: 2025 launch the 2021 Event Industry Green Survey

23rd September 2021

Vision: 2025 launch the 2021 Event Industry Green Survey The annual Event Industry Green Survey is now live, launched by the Vision: 2025 industry climate action group in partnership with the Association of Festival Organisers  (AFO) and the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) The survey asks event organisers about environmental measures in place, challenges, and plans for the fu...

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Event Buyers Live is Back: Save the date #eventprofs

Event Buyers Live is Back: Save the date #eventprofs

15th September 2021

Get your diaries out #eventprofs. Event Buyers Live 2021 will take place from November 29 – December 1 at De Vere EMCC and Orchard Hotel. The place to do business Event Buyers Live facilitates pre-arranged one-on-one meetings between live event organisers and suppliers. Branded as, “The place to do business” the networking, pre-arranged appointments and educatio...

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General Secretary Writes - September 2021

General Secretary Writes - September 2021

10th September 2021

As I write the sun has come out again (perhaps to shine brightly on Bromyard).  Could be early signs of an Indian Summer or maybe just a warm spell to welcome the autumn.  Whatever, it is very welcome and for those late season festivals that are taking place over the next week to ten days, you could well be in for some gorgeous weather. With Towersey sadly having to be postponed and g...

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