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Can we say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?

Can we say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?

21st June 2020

The sustainability of our environment has not gone away during the COVID crisis.  Make sure you add sustainability on to your task list and budget for 2021. In the meantime take a look at this great article - Livvy Drake (Sustainable Sidekicks) guest blog on Vision:2025 discusses whether "We can say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?" Waste and plastics are one of Livvy’...

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Let's re-think our sustainability policies for 2021

Let's re-think our sustainability policies for 2021

18th June 2020

With the devastating effect of COVID-19 destroying the 2020 festival season it does give organisers an opportunity to reflect on how they will recover in 2021.  More on that in another place. However, it also gives us all the opportunity to re-think our sustainability policies.  ‘The world will never be the same again’ is a phrase often used, well it has been like that for so...

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, consumer contracts, cancellation & refunds

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, consumer contracts, cancellation & refunds

14th June 2020

There are a wide range of contracts that have been affected due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The following sets out the CMA’s general views about how the law operates in this area, to help consumers understand their rights and to help businesses treat their customers fairly. Read more HERE...

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Let’s Get It Right This Time (Gov rules)

Let’s Get It Right This Time (Gov rules)

10th June 2020

Let’s Get It Right This Time (Gov rules) Readers will remember that some months ago DCMS sent us an email telling us that outdoor events including festivals were out of scope, i.e., not included in government plans for test, trace, and data collection.  However, they later changed their mind, having consulted with Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the legal beagles,...

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Why Cancelled Festivals Will Take Their Toll On Local Businesses

Why Cancelled Festivals Will Take Their Toll On Local Businesses

9th June 2020

Steve Heap, General Secretary of the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), says the impact of cancelled festivals will be strongly felt by local businesses in a recent article published in Access All Areas The 2020 festival season has been wiped out. At the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), 90 of our member festivals postponed to 2021, while 17 changed their 2020 date in the hope th...

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Insurance Guidance For Business Interuption Policies

Insurance Guidance For Business Interuption Policies

8th June 2020

INSURANCE GUIDANCE in case you are chatting to your provider. Draft Guidance for Insurance Companies - As part of its investigation into Coronavirus related business interruption insurance, the FCA have published draft guidance on their expectations for insurers and insurance intermediaries when handling claims and complaints for business interruption policies during the test case. The guidance...

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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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Melvin Benn, Festival Republic shows the way to get the festival industry moving again

Melvin Benn, Festival Republic shows the way to get the festival industry moving again

4th June 2020

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, has called for the increase of COVID-19 testing in the UK because entertainment and sport cannot operate fully with social distancing measures in place. Melvin Benn has published The Full Capacity Plan, which details an incentive-based scheme that he says would “rapidly increase” the public’s use of the NHS Trace App. He wan...

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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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General Secretary Writes - Banging the AFO drum, with UK Live Music Group (the good guys), MU, DCMS, EIF, AIF and countless others

General Secretary Writes - Banging the AFO drum, with UK Live Music Group (the good guys), MU, DCMS, EIF, AIF and countless others

18th May 2020

Tell me, why did I get up at 5:30am to drive to the station for an early train that would get me to a meeting in London for 11am?  I usually did 3 meetings and caught a train back to be home in time for the 10 o’clock news (PM). Then there was a virus pandemic, all meetings cancelled.  Enter stage left ZOOM!  A meeting before lunch and a dog walk as well.  With a good ...

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The Traditional Music Forum launches Scotland Online

The Traditional Music Forum launches Scotland Online

14th May 2020

The Traditional Music Forum are pleased to launch Scotland Online - a new website with listings of livestream events featuring Scotland’s thriving traditional arts: https://scotlandonline.org...

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DCMS are looking for your views.

DCMS are looking for your views.

28th April 2020

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has created a survey to understand the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on organisations in the digital, creative, culture, media, sport, gambling, telecoms, and tourism sectors and their engagement with the available government interventions. You can submit your response HERE. The deadline for responses is 15th May....

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UKs mass participation event organisers unite to launch the 2.6 Challenge

UKs mass participation event organisers unite to launch the 2.6 Challenge

21st April 2020

  • Charities facing an estimated £4 billion shortfall due to Covid-19 pandemic • The 2.6 Challenge begins on Sunday 26 April Thousands of fundraising events across the UK have been cancelled due to Covid-19 with a devastating impact on charity income that means many charities are facing closure. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) CEO Karl Wildin...

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Repurposing festival resources to feed the UK

Repurposing festival resources to feed the UK

16th April 2020

Currently the UK is short of around 90,000 people to pick the crops that are growing ripe across the country. Agricultural migrant workers who usually fill these positions are unable to leave their countries due to suspended flights or full lock-down. Asparagus tomatoes, strawberries, and lettuce are few among the many fruits and veg growing ripe from now through to May—they will rot and the...

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Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, forms his first Shadow Cabinet...

Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, forms his first Shadow Cabinet...

16th April 2020

... and promotes APPG on Music and DCMS Select Member Jo Stevens MP to the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Write to Jo Stevens with any thoughts you may have, especially during COVID-19. [email protected]

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COVID-19 leaves UK event industry suppliers on knife edge

COVID-19 leaves UK event industry suppliers on knife edge

16th April 2020

Read the full article HERE...

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Family Arts Campaign celebrate last years events for families. Time to apply!

Family Arts Campaign celebrate last years events for families. Time to apply!

6th April 2020

Despite our current situation, we felt that it was more important than ever to celebrate the excellent organisations who delivered events for families over the previous year. Do you put on fantastic festival events for families last year? Are you inclusive and welcoming to all ages? Or perhaps you've been delivering new projects for your older visitors? Then it's time to enter the Fanta...

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Folks At Home

Folks At Home

30th March 2020

Imagine in these troubled times a folk festival that comes safely to you on screen and you have Folks At Home, an on-line event comprising of filmed performances, workshops, interviews and even market stalls just like any other festival. Enjoy the festival at home, watch as many times as you choose, as if it were your very own festival.? Tickets are just £25  (just £1 for ea...

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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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