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Tourism Naturally Conference

Tourism Naturally Conference

21st April 2019

      Tourism Naturally Conference 4th – 6th June 2019, Buxton United Kingdom Join us for the next Tourism Naturally Conference hosted by the University of Derby, in partnership with Colorado State University, University of Pisa, Central Normal China University, the University of Sunderland and Deggendorf Institute of Tec...

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Interested in using 8th Plate for your event this year?

Interested in using 8th Plate for your event this year?

21st April 2019

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Fightback: Grassroots Promoter

Fightback: Grassroots Promoter

21st April 2019

A year after its launch, Music Venue Trust is making a call out for new partners and sponsors to take forward its successful Fightback: Grassroots Promoter initiative. The programme helps yo...

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Project Simply

Project Simply

11th April 2019

Having worked with festivals over the years we understood how difficult the marketplace was becoming with rising costs across the booking, build and marketing. We see lots of shared information on 'the build' and 'at event' best practices but not really much in the attraction and engagement of customers through various marketing and digital strategies. Our aim is to reach as man...

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Alan James  9 April 1957 - 7 April 2019

Alan James 9 April 1957 - 7 April 2019

11th April 2019

  Alan James The first time I met Alan I thought he was a bit scary. Then I discovered how much he really cared about the support, the depth and content of our festival programmes. He knew people in the right places and never hesitated to share his knowledge and contacts. He was indeed far from scary; he was a genuine, helpful arts lover who proved his commitment with kind ...

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POST-BREXIT GDPR

POST-BREXIT GDPR

3rd April 2019

As we rapidly approach the second ‘Brexit’ day extension or not, GDPR will still be in place when it is all over. You should have got yourself under GDPR control by now, but in case you are worried there is an excellent article by James Morgan, founder of Events Tech Lab, in the recent edition (March) of Access All Areas magazine www.accessaa.co.uk...

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Describe your AFO in one sentence

Describe your AFO in one sentence

27th March 2019

FOR 2019 SEASON   You should by now be well into the planning of your festivals and events.  I hope ticket sales are going well and apart from a quick flurry of snow just a few days ago, spring seems to be heading our way, summer not far behind.  Good Luck with yours! And finally, here is a challenge.  Would you help us with our publicity and marketing by describing yo...

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Attended the Open-Air Business (Glamping) Conference

Attended the Open-Air Business (Glamping) Conference

25th March 2019

I attended the Open-Air Business (Glamping) Conference on behalf of AFO in Leicestershire.  Organised by the magazine Open Air Business, some of you will have seen at last year’s Conference, definitely a booming industry and if glamping isn’t part of your festival already, then it really should be.  It is demanded by potential customers and a money spinner...

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Meeting potential sponsors for AFO conference

Meeting potential sponsors for AFO conference

18th March 2019

I was in in the south of England talking to one or two potential sponsors for AFO Conference and moved on to a whole day of studying waste and recycling in Swindon and Devizes.  I will report accordingly and hopefully be recommending good companies to look after yours in a green 21st century way....

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Run Your Own Music Festival

Run Your Own Music Festival

6th March 2019

Run Your Own Music Festival Oxjam is the UK's largest grassroots music festival - and now you have the chance to run one of their events as they seek out this year's Festival Managers. Oxjam is a community festival run by you, for you. It’s m...

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Attention SE Members - Do you write, programme or perform Folk, Traditional, World and Roots music?

Attention SE Members - Do you write, programme or perform Folk, Traditional, World and Roots music?

6th March 2019

Book an informal session with the Arts Council and find out if we can offer any support.    The ACE South East Music Team is holding a day of 1-2-1 funding advice surgeries on Wednesday 3 April 2019 aimed at artists and organisations in the Folk, Traditional, World and Roots sectors in the South East (Please note, our area does not cover London-based applicants). The 1...

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New process for artists and sportspeople entering from Ireland

New process for artists and sportspeople entering from Ireland

6th March 2019

After many months of work since the summer the Government has now unveiled its new process for artists and musicians entering through Ireland. Thank you to Paul Fenn for all his hard work on this issue in particular.   The Government’s press release is available here:- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-process-for-artists-and-sportspeople-entering-from-ireland &n...

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International AGF Award Winners

International AGF Award Winners

6th March 2019

Festivals from eight countries across three continents were last night crowned winners at the debut International AGF Awards, organised by A Greener Festival.   The ceremony took place at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington High St, London, as part of the Green Events & Innovations Conference and on the opening night of ILMC 31, and was supported by RES and Vid...

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Epic Award for England Awarded goes to Huddersfield-Based  Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

Epic Award for England Awarded goes to Huddersfield-Based Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

6th March 2019

    Grand Ukulele Festival Northern is winning awards!   Congratulations to the team for putting together the Grand Ukulele Festival Northern which takes place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in May. The festival recently won the Epic Award (see press release) and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (which is like an MBE for voluntary groups). &nbs...

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Students need you and you need them!

Students need you and you need them!

5th March 2019

I was recently at Derby University, Buxton Campus, talking with a wide range of students on the Events Management Course. From 1st to 3rd years they all want hands-on experience. If you can find a useful job (not car parking, toilet cleaning or ticket checking), that you could offer to a student either paid or unpaid, then we need to hear from you. There’s plenty of them all keen ...

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Our new website

Our new website

27th February 2019

A long telephone meeting with Jon Sloper, designer of the new AFO website.  If you haven’t looked at it in detail you are looking at some of it right now and you should search the rest where you will pick up lots of information and opportunities to market your own festivals and events. And that brought an extremely busy February to an end. As March opened I had a meeting...

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Plans for a training day later in this season are coming together

Plans for a training day later in this season are coming together

26th February 2019

Attended the Production Show at Olympia where I get a view of new products, companies wanting to sell into our industry and will produce a separate newsletter with information. Throughout January and February I had several calls from students as mentioned above and a variety of questions from members including insurance, PRS, how to start a festival, BREXIT, Conference and sponsorship.  We...

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A round table discussion on Festivals in the 21st Century

A round table discussion on Festivals in the 21st Century

21st February 2019

Attended the Event Buyers Live (organised by Standout Magazine) where event organisers meet one-to-one with a variety of suppliers.  I ran a round table discussion on Festivals in the 21st Century....

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Students Open Day at Derby University

Students Open Day at Derby University

20th February 2019

Attended Derby University, Buxton Campus Students Open Day where I do a presentation about the AFO and how we link into the Management Courses there....

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Ron Rudd

Ron Rudd

18th February 2019

Attended Ron Rudd’s funeral.  Ron and his family have been stewarding at festivals throughout the UK for many years.  Sadly Ron has just died but leaves behind a tremendous legacy and a family who continue to volunteer at events....

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