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SIA Update

SIA Update

31st July 2018

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The EN Indy Awards

The EN Indy Awards

18th July 2018

The story of David and Goliath is well known but the reality is that Goliath normally wins and this is reflected in many industry awards programmes.  ENintroduced The Indy Award recently to cater for exactly this – to allow smaller, independent organisers to compete with their peers rather than t...

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The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout)

The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout)

17th July 2018

  The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) returns with a focus on key industry training September 26th/27th, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) will take place at Sandown Park on September 26thand 27thfor its second year.  Launched in 2017, Festout is aimed at bringing the outdoor events market together to learn, network and be...

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30 Under Thirty

30 Under Thirty

4th July 2018

  ENTER NOW ...

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Gate to Southwell Festival - Review

Gate to Southwell Festival - Review

4th July 2018

Over 5000 people visited Southwell in early June for the most successful Gate To Southwell acoustic and roots music festival so far.  A combination of international artists, traditional dancers, great family entertainment and wonderful weather attracted festival-goers and tourists to town for the annual procession.  Meanwhile, on the festival site near the racecourse, over 50 a...

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Spiral Earth

Spiral Earth

4th July 2018

Did you know that our folk festival directory to UK and European festivals is one of the most popular parts of our website? It gets consistently high views all year round and as we run it in collaboration with fRoots magazine and the Association of Festival Organisers there is a constant stream of traffic from their sites.  Festival goers seem to be choosing which ones to go to earli...

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Child fatally injured from inflatable fault

Child fatally injured from inflatable fault

4th July 2018

In the first week of July 2018 a young girl enjoying the summer sunshine on a bouncy castle at the beach was hurled into the air as the castle exploded.  Unfortunately, she died of her injuries. The bouncy was more like an inflatable trampoline and part of a whole series of inflatable toys and rides on the beach. Why it exploded is currently being investigated (July 2018). &...

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Guest invitation to Timber Festival for AFO members only

Guest invitation to Timber Festival for AFO members only

27th June 2018

We would be delighted if you could join us to experience the very first Timber Festival to be held over the weekend of on 6 - 8 July 2018 at Feanedock in the National Forest, near Ashby de la Zouch. Timber is a joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, who are coming together to create an international festival exploring the transformative impact of ...

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National Market Traders Federation - E-Bulletin

National Market Traders Federation - E-Bulletin

27th June 2018

STREET FOOD LIVE For the third year running we are pitching up at Europe’s only event to revolutionise your street food business, Street Food Live. The event is taking place at ExCeL London on September 25 and 26 and is free to attend to anyone with an interest in ...

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Event Buyers Live Announces 2019 Venue

Event Buyers Live Announces 2019 Venue

27th June 2018

Event Buyers Live, which facilitates pre-arranged one-on-one meetings between organisers and suppliers, will take place at Heythrop Park on February 20-21, 2019. The Oxfordshire venue hosted Event Buyers Live 2016 and received great praise from all those in attendance. Neil Fagg, event director of Event Buyers Live, commented: “In 2016, our guests deemed Heythrop Park as a fantastic place...

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Can you help Fuse Festival Lichfield

Can you help Fuse Festival Lichfield

21st June 2018

Do any Midlands based festivals have colourful flags that the Lichfield Arts Fuse Festival could borrow 13th-15th July? They are struggling for funding this year and would appreciate any help in sourcing flags.  See Lichfield Fuse facebook page or contact [email protected]

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Trade body urges festival organisers to take action on gas abuse

Trade body urges festival organisers to take action on gas abuse

13th June 2018

As the 2018 festival season gets underway, the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is appealing to event organisers to take a robust stance against gas abuse.  The national trade body is calling on festival organisers to prevent Nitrous Oxide getting onto their sites and help block its dangerous use. Supplying the gas for inhalation (without appropriate medical licence and ...

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Sound Advice

Sound Advice

13th June 2018

Control of noise at work in music and entertainment This is a free-to-download, web-friendly version of HSG260 (First edition, published 2008). This version has been adapted for online use from HSE’s current printed version. Click link for downloadable version  http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg260.htm...

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Notice to Customers regarding the implementation of a Modified Tariff LP

Notice to Customers regarding the implementation of a Modified Tariff LP

7th June 2018

Notice to Customers regarding the implementation of a Modified Tariff LP. You may be aware that on 15 May 2018 the Copyright Tribunal approved the terms of a Modified PRS Tariff LP – the tariff under which PPL PRS Ltd licenses “light and popular” live music events.  This email is to notify the relevant customers of PPL PRS Ltd that the terms of the new tariff will be effe...

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Biofuels: Latest Advice on Responsible Sourcing

Biofuels: Latest Advice on Responsible Sourcing

6th June 2018

IN THIS BULLETIN   •   Biofuels: Latest Advice on Responsible Sourcing   •   Festi...

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NOEA Unveils Content for 2018 Convention

NOEA Unveils Content for 2018 Convention

6th June 2018

‘It Could Never Happen to Me’   The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) has unveiled the theme and key speakers for its 2018 Convention, taking place at The Guildhall, Bath in November this year. The convention theme is a return to ‘traditional NOEA territory&rsq...

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Festival Safe  A New Festival Safety Initiative

Festival Safe A New Festival Safety Initiative

6th June 2018

Festival Safe – A New Festival Safety Initiative New resource aims to reduce risk and issues for festival goers   A new initiative – Festival Safe– has announced its launch this month ahead of the UK’s packed summer festival calendar.    The brainchild of Jon Drape– director of several high-profile UK festivals including Pa...

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Powerful Thinking - Festival Vision: 2025

Powerful Thinking - Festival Vision: 2025

30th May 2018

It's an exciting time for event sustainability and Vision:2025.  Many environmental initiatives and new resources have been launched in the last few months. This email has a round up of the latest.  Plus, Save the Date! After the success of the Vision:2025 members event in 2017 at The Showman's Show, we have teamed up with event organisers, L...

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GDPR (GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS)

GDPR (GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS)

24th May 2018

Members will have read lots about GDPR over the last few months.  It is shortly to become law and you need to make sure you are up to speed.  By far the best advice we can offer you is to look at the website www.ico.org.uklook at their section on GDPR ‘Twelve Steps to Take Now’.  This is taking the words straight from the horse’s mouth and there...

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GDPR

GDPR

24th May 2018

Everyone and their dog is talking about the new GDPR regulations coming in May this year.  But very few people are offering you a concrete solution. There are two main things that you must do after May 25th.... 1. I...

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