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.And Another Report On Our Industry

.And Another Report On Our Industry

27th June 2019

Mintel have just launched their Music Concerts and Festivals UK Survey Report 2018.  Some of the result show if music fans begin to cut back or BREXIT negotiations negatively impact music tourism then it may begin to struggle, especially in the increasingly crowded market place.  The report asks can wearable tech replace cash and cards at music events, and how can music events ...

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Did I Tell You the One About the Green Parent?

Did I Tell You the One About the Green Parent?

17th June 2019

  Did I Tell You the One About the Green Parent? No?  It is not a parent that is green, it is actually the name of a magazine, and if you get your chance as a festival organiser to grab a copy and have a read of the June/July 2019 edition, you will find a Festival Guide.  A great deal of information about all kinds of festivals and events.  Maybe you could ...

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Fairer Funding for Festivals

Fairer Funding for Festivals

17th June 2019

It is interesting to note that National Lottery Funds are raised from the sale of tickets in shops and premises throughout the nation.  However, most of the tickets are purchased in areas of the country that are less fortunate than, for instance, Central London. Would it not be fairer for National Lottery Funds to be distributed in proportion to the amount of money spend on the ticket...

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Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events

Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events

10th June 2019

Festival Vision:2025 launches Crowdfunder, inviting everyone in the events industry to be part of an ambitious strategy toward a sustainable events industry, 11thJune 2019.   The Festival Vision:2025 crowdfunding campaign, launched by not-for-profit group Powerful Thinking, givesthe whole live events industry the opportunity to work together and provide leadership around climate breakdo...

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Festival Fever

Festival Fever

10th June 2019

Festival Fever We would like to talk to you more about how we can work with you to meet your needs for any festivals you are in the middle of organising. ...

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Market Traders Survey

Market Traders Survey

4th June 2019

The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF), great supporters of AFO, carried out a survey of their members in 2017/18 and from the responses received 235 were market operators, 207 were market traders, 225 event traders and 29 were street traders.   From an AFO point of view if you run market stalls at your festival then you should note that the National Market Traders Federation h...

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Wild Rumpus

Wild Rumpus

4th June 2019

Wild Rumpus exist in a space where arts and culture meet the natural environment, creating events that immerse audiences in incredible stories and moments of wonder. Here's our news! ...

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Supporting Grassroots Live Music

Supporting Grassroots Live Music

4th June 2019

Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund. This funding will be available to support applicants whose work is focused on hosting and promoting live music events in venues. The money has been ringfenced to enable additional support to small music venues and promoters We are primarily interested in supporting projects that take place in small to medium sized grassroots music venues...

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AFO needs YOU!!!

AFO needs YOU!!!

3rd June 2019

Interested in the Festival and Events Industry ? Live in or near the East Midlands ? Have good admin, IT and communication skills ? Need a job - Starts part-time, can grow See poster for details  ...

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ATTENTION - Affordable on the day tent hire from 20

ATTENTION - Affordable on the day tent hire from 20

28th May 2019

        Affordable on the day tent hire from £20    Year after year 100,000’s of tents are left after festivals and are going to landfill, which is having a major impact on the environment, cost of clearing up, also increases the manufacturing of cheap flimsy throw away tents. If we can help to reduce the manufacturing of these tents it w...

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The Event Industry's Summer Cricket and Networking Event

The Event Industry's Summer Cricket and Networking Event

28th May 2019

THE EVENT INDUSTRY’S SUMMER CRICKET AND NETWORKING EVENT • Play commences at 10.30am • Play concludes at 6pm   ...

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Powerful Thinking calls for sustainable power suppliers

Powerful Thinking calls for sustainable power suppliers

28th May 2019

UK: In 2017, Powerful Thinking launched? the Sustainable Power Supplier programme – an online resource for event organisers that connects innovative suppliers with a growing community of festivals committed to smart energy management. The programme was developed after Powerful Thinking’s third annual Industry Green Survey showed that a common barrier to implementing sustainable practic...

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Timber Festival granted ID&Cs festival bursary

Timber Festival granted ID&Cs festival bursary

28th May 2019

UK: ID&C, the provider of security wristbands for festivals and live events, has announced Timber Festival as the winner of its 2019 Grass Roots Festival Bursary and recipient of the £2500 grant. The Timber Festival is a joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, who have come together to create an international festival exploring the transformative impact of f...

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Folk of the World

Folk of the World

21st April 2019

Global Local Presents:  Folk of The World  Native Sun & Everyday People   FRIDAY 3RD OF MAY   AT T...

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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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