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Directors of Public Health

Directors of Public Health

8th July 2021

Here at AFO we have been telling members for some time now that if and when you need SAG reference your license to run festivals in 2021/22 we strongly recommend you engage with the Directors of Public Health in the regions. Some of these officers have to cover several counties, others just one portion of a county.  They also have a team of representatives. We really do recommend that n...

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The Showman's Show - 20th & 21st October 2021

The Showman's Show - 20th & 21st October 2021

7th July 2021

The Showman's Show - 20th & 21st October 2021 The Showman’s Show was launched in 1984 and is firmly established as the UK’s original and most comprehensive exhibition of products and services for the outdoor, festival and special event world. Due to the disruption to the events industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 edition moved online with a programme of...

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Covid 19 Response: Summer 2021 Update

Covid 19 Response: Summer 2021 Update

6th July 2021

  All we can say is we may have a way forward…..   For all the detail straight from the Government read this. Particularly note section 5.   Here we go…. https://www.gov.uk/.../covi.../covid-19-response-summer-2021     ...

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General Secretary Writes – 10 June onwards

General Secretary Writes – 10 June onwards

2nd July 2021

For those regular readers of GSW you might notice a slight change.  We are going to make these a weekly diary direct from me to you, so you are better informed as to what the AFO Office is doing on behalf of our industry.  If you need more detail of any of these points you will probably find it in AFO News on the website www.festivalorganisers.org/news and if it is not there then drop a ...

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Event Cup Solutions Has Launched The ONE Planet ONE Chance® Reusable Cup System

Event Cup Solutions Has Launched The ONE Planet ONE Chance® Reusable Cup System

29th June 2021

Event Cup Solutions has launched the ONE Planet ONE Chance® Reusable Cup System, a fully managed system that dispels the myth that switching from single-use cups to a sustainable reusable system is complicated. The ONE Planet ONE Chance Reusable Cup System® provides festivals, sports & music venues, bar operators and event organisers the complete service which includes the delivery,...

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Beardy Festival 2021 – A Successful Socially Distanced Festival!

Beardy Festival 2021 – A Successful Socially Distanced Festival!

28th June 2021

Beardy Festival 2021 – A Successful Socially Distanced Festival! You might think that it would be impossible to stage a socially distanced outdoor festival where attendees enjoy themselves as much as they would in ‘normal’ conditions and feel totally safe at the same time – but Beardy Festival 2021 has pulled it off…again! Beardy Folk Festival is an expertl...

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Last Chance To Acquire Government Support For Your Festival

Last Chance To Acquire Government Support For Your Festival

25th June 2021

NOW is probably your very last chance to acquire Government support for your Festival. CRF3 is launched today 25th June 2021. Over to you…… https://www.gov.uk/government/news/third-round-of-culture-recovery-fund-to-secure-future-of-thousands-of-organisations The fund is made up of several strands, the first two of which share a budget of over £218 million and are t...

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Live Music and Theatre Industries Launch Legal Action Against Government

Live Music and Theatre Industries Launch Legal Action Against Government

24th June 2021

              Live music and theatre industries launch legal action against Government to force the publication of Events Research Programme data Sectors also repeat calls for insurance support, changes to quarantine protocols and the immediate publication of post-July 19 event guidance. Today the live music industry body LIVE and a ra...

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AFO Insists Government Help With The Reopening Of Festivals

AFO Insists Government Help With The Reopening Of Festivals

21st June 2021

AFO INSISTS GOVERNMENT HELP WITH THE REOPENING OF FESTIVALS The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) has worked tirelessly for the last 18 months through the Covid crisis to try and save, not only festivals within its own membership, but as part of a wider team doing its very best to save the UK’s brilliant events industry from collapse.   We have now arrived at a point aft...

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Insurance For Pandemic Related Claims Is Still Hard To get . So Try this……

Insurance For Pandemic Related Claims Is Still Hard To get . So Try this……

21st June 2021

      Insurance for pandemic related claims is still hard to get .This is a possible alternative to insurance: Self-indemnity for organisers (a collective solution) Concept To find a way for event organisers to be able to plan throughout the year and cover their overheads so that last minute, for reasons linked to a pandemic, cancellation would not cause un...

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Warwick Festival…..Another Covid Casualty

Warwick Festival…..Another Covid Casualty

19th June 2021

  Warwick…..another Covid casualty It is with a heavy heart that I send this message, the announcement below is from the Festival Board and Committee. "Following extensive planning and discussion in light of the most recent government guidelines, with huge regret it has been decided that Warwick Folk Festival, which was due to take place 15 - 18 July, will be postpone...

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DELTA 4 – OUTDOOR EVENTS NIL

DELTA 4 – OUTDOOR EVENTS NIL

17th June 2021

DELTA 4 – OUTDOOR EVENTS NIL The 14 June should have been a day for rejoicing for all of us in the outdoor events industry.  Unfortunately, the Delta variant has slowed down our charge toward full reopening.  Clearly, we cannot hold all our events in what remains of the summer season, especially those that need full shoulder to shoulder capacity. Some of our industry can stil...

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DELTA blow to outdoor events

DELTA blow to outdoor events

16th June 2021

PRESS RELEASE: EVENTS FORUM DELTA blow to outdoor events Organisers of outdoor events suffered another body blow with the announcement on Monday that Step 4 of the COVID lockdown release is to be delayed, at least until July 19. As a result a number of events have had to be cancelled, with organisers facing losses of thousands as they have been unable to secure insurance against just su...

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DELTA sees off more 2021 Festivals

DELTA sees off more 2021 Festivals

14th June 2021

  AFO'S RESPONSE TO THE LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER:     DELTA sees off more 2021 Festivals   14th June has been carved in the AFO diary as the day our PM would release us to get on with the remaining festival season.   The Delta variant is clearly causing some havoc in several parts of the UK, so this del...

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Get READY for World Refill Day  !

Get READY for World Refill Day !

14th June 2021

Get READY for World Refill Day  ! 🌎 The countdown is on...get ready for the most important day in our plastic-free calendars... 🎉🎉 THIS WEDNESDAY IS WORLD REFILL DAY! 🎉🎉 Yep, that's right, Wednesday 16th of June is the first ever #WorldRefillDay, a global public awareness campaign to prevent plastic pollution and to help people live with less was...

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June 21st delay: Over 5,000 shows by artists including Rag'n'Bone Man, McFly and Rudimental at risk of collapse

June 21st delay: Over 5,000 shows by artists including Rag'n'Bone Man, McFly and Rudimental at risk of collapse

11th June 2021

June 21st delay: Over 5,000 shows by artists including Rag'n'Bone Man, McFly and Rudimental at risk of collapse Widespread venue and festival closures expected as 65% of festivals say they are set to collapse in the event of a five-week delay UK’s iconic £4.5 billion live music sector calls for Government to release Events Research Programme findings and &ldquo...

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FREE  WEBINARS to help you take some action on climate change.

FREE WEBINARS to help you take some action on climate change.

11th June 2021

FREE  WEBINARS to help you take some action on climate change. LIVE Green are presenting a series of free webinars on how different areas of the business can either be more sustainable, or build and improve on their sustainability efforts.  The webinars are designed to provide information, resources and help for companies and individuals on the topics of off...

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General Secretary Writes - June 2021

General Secretary Writes - June 2021

10th June 2021

As always since I last wrote this blog there has been a lot of action; loads of meetings, discussions and even a few decisions. For a start here is a little bit of general news. General News Someone asked the other day why they had been sent a proforma invoice, so I dug out a bit of information as this is a common occurrence these days. What is a proforma invoice? It is a document that ...

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Celebrating 30 years of supporting and championing community-led creative activity and the launch of Creative Lives

Celebrating 30 years of supporting and championing community-led creative activity and the launch of Creative Lives

10th June 2021

Today Voluntary Arts turns 30 years old and will relaunch as Creative Lives. There has been an unprecedented outpouring of creative activity by individuals and communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This surge of activity has reaffirmed the vital importance of creative participation for both health and wellbeing and social connection. Today Creative Lives will also launch six new or...

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The Future Of Music Festivals Report

The Future Of Music Festivals Report

4th June 2021

DEAR MR.CHANCELLOR YOU REALLY SHOULD………… The DCMS select committee have published a report  after taking a great deal of evidence and information from several players in the world of Festivals. Their report called “the future of Music festivals “ is a strong condemnation of the governments refusal to underwrite an insurance scheme which would ...

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