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2018 NOEA Awards winners announced

2018 NOEA Awards winners announced

13th December 2018

The winners of the 15th annual National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Awards have been announced, following a gala dinner in Bath’s Pump Rooms. The panel of judges was led by Alistair Turner, managing director of EIGHT PR and Marketing; he was joined by Andy McNicholl, city events manager for Liverpool Council, Sally Piggott, head of festivals, UK for Eventbrite, Gill Tee fr...

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Vision:2025 at The Showman’s Show 2018: Resource Round up

Vision:2025 at The Showman’s 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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Event Buyers Live 2019

Event Buyers Live 2019

13th December 2018

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT IAIN DUNCAN SMITH MP  IMPACT OF BREXIT ON EVENTS On February 20, with less than six weeks to go before the UK leaves the EU, Iain Duncan Smith MP will address events professionals and deliver Event Buyers Live's opening keynote ...

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Brexit scenario planning

Brexit scenario planning

13th December 2018

As part of Brexit scenario planning, Tom (UK MUSIC) is trying to map major events, such as tours and festivals, that are planned in the UK as well as the EU from March to June 2019. In particular, he is keen to understand which events are likely to involve large movements of people and/or goods across the EU/UK border. If you have views on events that should be factored into this please contact To...

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Development and Online Administrator, part-time vacancy at trac

Development and Online Administrator, part-time vacancy at trac

7th December 2018

trac wishes to appoint an enthusiastic, organised and reliable individual to assist the Company Manager and Director with trac’s development work and online presence. The ability to communicate fluently through the medium of Welsh is essential for this post, which is based in South Wales.   Job Title: Development and Online Administrator Pay Scale: Starting salary (gross) &poun...

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BAFA Conference 2018: Thank you for coming!

BAFA Conference 2018: Thank you for coming!

7th December 2018

We hope you’ve got your breath back after our conference in Birmingham. It was a jam-packed 24 hours of inspiring presentations, networking, industry updates, member-to-member learning and socialising, and a huge thanks to everyone who made it such a brilliant, engaged atmosphere.  It was fantastic to see so many members at the conferen...

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Timber News - Best New Festival at Festival Awards

Timber News - Best New Festival at Festival Awards

7th December 2018

Gather round all nature lovers, daydreamers, big thinkers, as we reveal the map and areas for Timber 2019. Step into an incredible weekend festival of debate, celebration and reflection in the National Forest. Timberinvites you to stand up and be counted as we rethink our relations...

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Powerful Thinking Launches 4th Annual Festival Industry Green Survey

Powerful Thinking Launches 4th Annual Festival Industry Green Survey

7th December 2018

Powerful Thinking, the live events industry think-tank, has launched its 4thannual Festival Industry Green Survey. First run in 2015 by Powerful Thinking, with support from the AIF and AFO, the Festival Industry Green Survey provides information on how the industry is doing in terms of sustainability and helps Powerful Thinking identify how to support positive changes.   The survey asks...

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Family Arts Conference

Family Arts Conference

5th December 2018

Family Arts Conference 12 February 2019 Everyman Theatre, Liverpool Exploring the value of arts and culture for families Save £55 with limited Early Bird offer of £120+VAT available until 14th Dec “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...

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Stage and Structure Hire from Wild Rumpus

Stage and Structure Hire from Wild Rumpus

29th November 2018

We love to build cool structures and stages, and they’re available to hire for your festival or event too. Their names do make sense, but maybe only to us… To enquire about availability and logistics, please email [email protected]

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Industry Green Survey

Industry Green Survey

29th November 2018

Fill out the 2018 Industry Green Survey and win a ticket to the the GEI Conference!   Powerful Thinking have launched their 4th annual Industry Green Survey. The results help to track progress and changes across the sector and identify ways to support positive action. Please take a few moments to fill out the survey by the 21st December.  All participants will be ent...

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Convention is next week!

Convention is next week!

14th November 2018

LAST DAY TO BOOK ! Wednesday  14th November  is the last day to book tickets for Convention Day and the Awards dinner.  We have many event organisers and suppliers booked so join them for an informative and challenging day.  ...

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RAW Bottles wins Green Supplier and Innovation Award

RAW Bottles wins Green Supplier and Innovation Award

5th November 2018

RAW Bottles attended The Showman’s Show for the first time in 2018. On a mission to create a world free from pointless plastic by providing of high-quality stainless steel brand-able drinking bottles, the company was delighted to be awarded with an award that recognised its commitment to sustainability. The Green Supplier and Innovation Award, now in its fourth year, was ju...

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Attitude is Everything announces Outstanding Attitude Awards 2019

Attitude is Everything announces Outstanding Attitude Awards 2019

5th November 2018

Attitude is Everything has today revealed initial details of the Outstanding Attitude Awards, which will take place at Islington Assembly Hall, March 12 – the music charity has issued an industry-wide call for nominations. Celebrating innovation and best practice in access to live music and referencing some of the charity’s key campaigns, the awards recognises businesses and or...

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BVEP - URGENT ACTION FOR OUR MEMBERS PLEASE!!

BVEP - URGENT ACTION FOR OUR MEMBERS PLEASE!!

2nd October 2018

Dear Member We wrote to you in August about an exciting research programme launched by the UK Events Industry Board Talent Taskforce at the Government’s request.  The programme includes a survey to be completed by employers and HR heads, giving specific information on how businesses attract, develop and retain their talent.  The deadline for completion has been extended to 8 ...

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Just So Festival receives Sustainable Tourism award

Just So Festival receives Sustainable Tourism award

25th September 2018

Just So Festival’s commitment to sustainable practices informs every part of their business. All onsite vendors use re-usable cups, and since 2018 vendors have been banned from selling single use water bottles. Multiple water refill points have been installed across the site to make using reusable bottles more convenient. All food waste is composted and they work with a disposal company to m...

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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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Festival Vision 2025

Festival Vision 2025

3rd September 2018

Festival Vision:2025 at The Showman’s Show: Full Programme Released   The Vision:2025annual conference looks to increase the momentum of festival industry communities working together to create more sustainable events at The Showman’s Show, October 17th2018.    The event, hosted by industry think-tank Powerful Thinking, brings the 70+ festival ...

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