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Sustainability Workshops - 25 & 26 April 2020

Sustainability Workshops - 25 & 26 April 2020

9th March 2020

Scientists believe it will soon be too late to take serious action on reversing the pollution of our own planet.  Some even say it is already too late.  We in the events industry have been leading the way for many years in what became known as sustainability.  We recycle, we use less power, we consider our environment, there is so much more we could do. Find out more about t...

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Major guidance on markets

Major guidance on markets

28th February 2020

The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) and The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) have put together ‘Market Matters’ - a guidance document for festival organisers looking to set up markets at their festivals.  The guidance includes assessing the value, how to plan the location, operations and services, responsibilities, fees (an important one), recruitment and promoti...

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Exploring the environmental footprint of festival food

Exploring the environmental footprint of festival food

28th February 2020

Chris Johnson, chair of Powerful Thinking, recently joined an industry panel at ADE Green, to explore the environmental footprint of festival food.  In his monthly Green Column, Chris shares a few ideas from our European friends… READ MORE  ...

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When the Queen dies!

When the Queen dies!

28th February 2020

It happens to all of us eventually and HM and HMGOV jointly recognise this.  Because she is very famous world wide, some planning needs to put in place. How will all this affect the events industry?  Read on....

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GEI announces industry partnership with Stand Out Magazine

GEI announces industry partnership with Stand Out Magazine

28th February 2020

The Green Events and Innovations conference (GEI) and Stand Out Magazine have formed an industry partnership that will engage event and festival professionals ahead of GEI 2020. Read the full article here...

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POST BREXIT  does this affect you, or can you assist?

POST BREXIT does this affect you, or can you assist?

28th February 2020

BREXIT now it’s upon us - Musicians’ Union Information gathering exercise In order to be able to properly inform Government about the issues surrounding the potential difficulties UK musicians will face when entering Europe to perform post January 2021, the Musicians’ Union and UK Music are seeking information and evidence from those Tour Bookers, Agents, Promoters and Manager...

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Government proposes duty to protect public spaces from terror

Government proposes duty to protect public spaces from terror

28th February 2020

Security Minister James Brokenshire today (Monday 24 February 2020) announced plans to introduce a law which will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack. Delivering on the manifesto commitment to improve the safety and security of public venues and spaces, the new ‘Protect Duty’ will reflect l...

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Are You A Creative Industry

Are You A Creative Industry

26th February 2020

Did you know that the creative industries contribute almost £13M to the UK economy every year?   Just recently there has been lots of research, lots of statistics, they don’t all match, but they are all very positive and I think it is safe to say that the festival and events industry is part of creative industries. Government UK Newsletter recently published that the ne...

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Security Industry Authority (SIA) Update

Security Industry Authority (SIA) Update

5th February 2020

See here for all news https://mailchi.mp/24d98556e4e9/sia-update-october-65535?e=c4df788c9f...

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Powering up the Site

Powering up the Site

21st January 2020

HVO / BIOFUEL / RED DIESEL / WIND / SOLAR / BATTERIES & RENEWABLES Yes, we are talking powering up the stages.  For those of you out there who use generators I am constantly talking, on your behalf, with Tim Benson from Smart Power who very kindly constantly advises us on things we don’t understand and new innovation. For instance, HVO means hydro-treated vegetable oil i.e. it...

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Festival and Events Survey - RMS

Festival and Events Survey - RMS

16th January 2020

RMS are conducting some research among festival/event organisers in order to produce some interesting/quirky insights about running an event (the highs, the lows, the pain points, etc). They have created a simple questionnaire https://rms-digital.co.uk/festival-and-events-survey There's a Prize Draw offering £5,000 of marketing support which will be drawn on 28 February....

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General Secretary Writes - Happy New Year - Welcome to 2020

General Secretary Writes - Happy New Year - Welcome to 2020

16th January 2020

Welcome to 2020 and a Happy New Year to you all. Good luck with planning for the coming season.  We may well not have got rid of winter just yet but in our minds are the warmer summer days of festivals. AFO website Use the AFO website as much as you like but then a little bit more, because AFO is not high enough up the rankings so if you were to enter through Google or Bing you...

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DCRS Radio Offer

DCRS Radio Offer

16th January 2020

Our very supportive colleagues at DCRS are offering this... Use them - reliable, excellent value for money and that extra bit of care.  ...

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And you thought BREXIT was over

And you thought BREXIT was over

16th January 2020

Whichever way you voted in the BREXIT fun and games, it will soon come home to roost.  January 31 and then the next twelve months of haggling and wrangling.  We know from previous correspondence and articles in the press that musicians are getting very worried about how their right to roam around Europe looking for work will certainly change. We did wonder whether not being in the Eur...

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Its Not Just the Small Festivals

Its Not Just the Small Festivals

16th January 2020

You may think sometimes when your local authorities start asking you for special arrangements etc. that you are being picked on, but it is not just you.  Mendip District Council responsible for licensing Glastonbury Festival have congratulated the festival organisers in looking after their customers and their staff extremely well.  However, the Scrutiny Board met on January 9th and has p...

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Underneath the Stars Festival wins an Award!

Underneath the Stars Festival wins an Award!

13th January 2020

      Belated congratulations to directors, staff and all who helped make it happen – Underneath the Stars Festival received the Small Festival of the Year Award from NOEA, and in recognition of their good work they also received the Judges Special Award. The awards took place at the NOEA AGM and Conference in Bath, back in November. Alistair Turner, Chair of th...

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UK Festival Awards 2019 Winners

UK Festival Awards 2019 Winners

13th January 2020

                Download Festival Major Festival Woo Fest Best Small Festival Festival of the Sky Best New Festival Camp Bestival Best Family Festival Sziget Festival Best Overseas Festival Bluedot Festival Medium-Sized Festival Tramlines Festival Metropolitan Festival Jenny Hamada The Women in Festivals Award ...

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General Secretary Writes - What's been going on?

General Secretary Writes - What's been going on?

10th December 2019

It was a busy summer ending roughly around the Bank Holiday weekend for the AFO office. Early September became a clean and tidy up period with some office equipment and furniture moving to a new space. By mid-September we were well into planning the AFO Conference for Stratford Manor mid-November and thinking about AFO plans for 2020 and 2021. 26 September Travelled to Shipley in West York...

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Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

20th November 2019

After a little bit of research we have somewhere for you to send all those unwanted lanyards.  How brilliant is THAT?! The Recycle Yard is not for profit and recycles waste from individuals and businesses (mostly in Wakefield and the surrounding areas) that can be reused for arts, crafts and play. We’ve been in touch and they are more than happy to take packages from you, wherever...

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Can you help Cleckheaton Folk Festival

Can you help Cleckheaton Folk Festival

2nd November 2019

Dear All Could you help me out with gaining funding for our project? I need to try and get 10 more backers over the next week so that the Council will consider pledging to my campaign. Please remember:  you can pledge as little as £2 if we don't hit our target no money is taken from your account  Myself and my committee are trying to get this project...

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