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Conference potential venue visit

Conference potential venue visit

13th February 2019

Visited Walking Arts Centre in search of a new Conference venue.  Have also been in touch with several other arts centres after the idea came from Sarah Bird at Wild Rumpus. Venue yet to be settled but date of Conference to put in your diaries is 8, 9 and 10 November 2019....

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AFO A-Z presentation for second and third year students

AFO A-Z presentation for second and third year students

12th February 2019

Attended Oxford Brooke University to present an AFO A-Z for second and third year students on the Management Course....

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Beginners Guide A-Z of Festival Management for the Broads Management Trust

Beginners Guide A-Z of Festival Management for the Broads Management Trust

7th February 2019

Presented an AFO Beginners Guide A-Z of Festival Management for the Broads Management Trust in Norwich.  These people look after the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads and are planning on running events.  Some of the people attending had some small experiences, but I am reliably informed that the whole workshop was very useful....

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Interview with students for dissertations

Interview with students for dissertations

6th February 2019

Telephone interview with a student asking all the right questions in order to assist their dissertation. This is something I do quite often and it is good to know that students can talk to us more senior festival organisers to improve their education....

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Attended the Show Must Go On and Powerful Thinking support group meeting

Attended the Show Must Go On and Powerful Thinking support group meeting

31st January 2019

Attended the Show Must Go On and Powerful Thinking support group meeting in London.  Very useful gathering where thoughts of how we might continue to spread the word of sustainability in the festival and events industry for the next twelve months.  The Show Must Go On - Volume 2 will probably be publishes later this year. Later in the evening attended the Festival Suppliers Awards din...

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Drones over your festival crowd!

Drones over your festival crowd!

29th January 2019

Crowded Space Drones is a specialist drone company who provide Counter Terrorism & Public Safety solutions with drones.  They work with several major sports clubs including Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and Dallas Cowboys and with events for the BBC, Live Nation, Festival Republic, Cream, MTV, AEG, Local Authorities and much more. They were contracted to UK Counter Terrorism Polic...

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Open Air - January Issue

Open Air - January Issue

28th January 2019

Please find attached below the link to the digital version of our January issue, which has been available to view on our website since Monday. Now that your customers are fully back into business mode, there are huge opportunities available for you to secure new contracts for the year ahead. The UK’s leading outdoor hospitality magazine is here to help put you in touch with our 7,...

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Exploring the value of arts and culture for families

Exploring the value of arts and culture for families

28th January 2019

    “It brought me fresh enthusiasm for the sector I work in and I left buzzing with ideas” – delegate, Family Arts Conference 2017 The UK’s largest family arts and culture conference will explore the value of family engagement and how we can communicate that value to families, funders and the wider cultural sector. This event will bring creati...

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Festivals and Tours turn travel CO2 into Solar for Schools

Festivals and Tours turn travel CO2 into Solar for Schools

28th January 2019

Energy Revolution balances over three million travel miles from 2018 festivals and tours with Solar for Schools projects across the UK.   Energy Revolutionis a charity with a mission to help the live events industry tackle the negative environmental impacts from fossil fuel travel to events. In 2018, it helped its members, from a growing number of festivals and their audiences, supplier...

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The Tipple Truck for sale !!!!!

The Tipple Truck for sale !!!!!

28th January 2019

Operating your own bars at events is the best way to both control quality and make a tidy profit – and as you’ll know from experience, the more standout a bar has, the more people will flock to get a drink from it, and share the good times on social media.  We are offering you the chance to own the most talked about, photographed and unusual bar in the country – a beautif...

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Traditional Music Forum

Traditional Music Forum

28th January 2019

TMF Newsletter | January 2019 ...

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MPs call for ‘town of culture’ award to regenerate local areas

MPs call for ‘town of culture’ award to regenerate local areas

28th January 2019

MPs are urging the government to introduce a town of culture award to run alongside UK City of Culture. An open letter published in the Guardian from a group of politicians led by Labour MP Yvette Cooper has requested a meeting with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to discuss the idea further. While towns are eligible to apply for UK City of Culture, the letter ...

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UK Music Industry Rallies Around Pipeline Investment Fund

UK Music Industry Rallies Around Pipeline Investment Fund

28th January 2019

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Dancing England show at Nottingham Play House

Dancing England show at Nottingham Play House

26th January 2019

Attended Dancing England in Nottingham Play House.  An excellent show of english traditions first created by Phil Heaton and now further developed.  Looks like next year will be in the same place at about the same time....

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Best possible insurance deal

Best possible insurance deal

22nd January 2019

I met with an insurance company - as we are always looking for the best possible deal.  We are currently with Graham Sykes Insurance (Nick Smith [email protected] Graham Sykes [email protected]) who AFO recommend....

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Back in the office

Back in the office

7th January 2019

Although I kept in touch during the Christmas period, we were officially back in the office on 7 January dealing with a variety of admin issues, members calls and emails....

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The Event Industry Board Talent Taskforce Survey

The Event Industry Board Talent Taskforce Survey

4th January 2019

The Event Industry Board Talent Taskforce Survey has successfully gathered responses from across the entire UK Events industry about how the sector attracts, develops and retains its talent. This is the first time such an abundance of rich data has been collated and the project is now moving into its next stage, with further information being sought about the commercial impact of the sk...

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EVENTS INDUSTRY FORUM INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS

EVENTS INDUSTRY FORUM INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS

4th January 2019

The Event Industry Forum is inviting applications for grants for projects that will benefit the events industry. The Forum, which brings together 26 trade bodies and similar organisations from across the event industry, has funding available to support projects that will be of general benefit to the outdoor event sector. Since taking over publication of The Purple Guide from the Health &...

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Job Opportunities at We are the Fair

Job Opportunities at We are the Fair

20th December 2018

We're currently recruiting for a couple of roles and I wanted to ask your members  know of anyone who's looking for a new role.  We're looking for a H&S Officer, Production Manager and Office Assistant at the moment - Here's a link to the JDs: https://wearethefair.com/about-us/#hiring  ...

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Insurance for Pandemic in the future

Insurance for Pandemic in the future

17th December 2018

This seems to be top of everybody’s list for consideration.  Will we go ahead without insurance?  How will we cover such things as complete closure if government decide that the pandemic has overtaken us again? In association with AIF, EIF, LIVE and many other organisations we have made major approaches to MPs, Ministers and parliament to try and get government interested in und...

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