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AFO Annual Conference on Saturday 5 November

AFO Annual Conference on Saturday 5 November

13th October 2022

Dear Colleagues I would like to invite you to join us at the AFO Annual Conference on Saturday 5 November in Fenton Town Hall (Art Centre), Stoke on Trent. Doors open at 9am and the Conference begins at 10am. Craig Mathie from Bournemouth7’s will talk about the health and welfare of our staff and volunteers.  I am delighted to welcome Jon Collins, CEO of LIVE, to look at how import...

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We Won't Stop Trying

We Won't Stop Trying

10th October 2022

During Covid as many of you will know, we were part of a team that managed to bring VAT on ticket sales down to 5%. Giving the opportunity for organisers to either make an extra 15% on the sale of the ticket or reduce the price. The majority chose the former. Since then, along with LIVE, AIF and many others, we have been banging on the door of the Treasury to pick that up and asking them to rec...

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Sleeping Bags for Ukraine

Sleeping Bags for Ukraine

8th October 2022

A friend of AFO, Vanda Cowan, [email protected] who lives on the Wirral near Liverpool is trying to pull together spare sleeping bags to send to the Ukraine. If you think you can help her, contact her directly at the above email address and she would be glad to hear from you....

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The AFO Members Logo

The AFO Members Logo

8th October 2022

A heartfelt thank you to Chicken Stock, Broadstairs and to Tenterden for their prominent use of the AFO Logo in their adverts and publicity.  Really appreciated it and those of you who forget to use the AFO Logo, be proud to be part of the club, use it now on your next year’s publicity. You can access the Logo here....

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A Greener Festival 2023

A Greener Festival 2023

7th October 2022

As you start to plan your 2023 festival/event this would be a good time to contact A Greener Festival and make the conscious decision to go for the AGF Award Scheme. There is loads of help and advice in improving sustainability at your festival and with that advice you can easily move in the direction of the AGF Award. We really have to do something about climate change, this is a go...

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Vegan Camp Out Need A New Site

Vegan Camp Out Need A New Site

7th October 2022

Recently we heard from Jordan Martin at Vegan Camp Out (AFO member) looking for a new site for his festivals.  To quote, “previously been at Newark, Nottinghamshire, but looking for a new venue for next year for the last weekend of July 28-31”. Jordan says, “However we are open to that weekend, to the weekend before (21-24 July) or 4-7 August”. He goes on, “We ...

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Festival Supplier Awards

Festival Supplier Awards

7th October 2022

The annual Festival Suppliers Award is open for entries. The way this works is the suppliers enter themselves or get somebody else to enter them. It is another one that raises the profile of the good people who supply our industry. For more details have a look at Festival Suppliers Awards 2023 here....

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Protect Duty

Protect Duty

7th October 2022

We have been asked by the Home Office to provide scenarios that will test the plans of Protect Duty. This is after the inquiry following the Manchester Arena Bombing. There will be a Bill heading for parliament quite soon and without doubt it will affect the way you provide security and safety at your festival. Be aware and consider how Protect Duty will affect you. Information and drafts of w...

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The Showman's Show News

The Showman's Show News

7th October 2022

Check out what the latest Showman's Show Newsletter said...  "With less than two weeks to go until The Showman’s Show welcomes thousands of event professionals to Newbury Showground, our operations team is onsite and the show build is well underway. We’ve added more than 30 exhibitors to an already impressive list since our last newsletter. Not only can we promise a broad rang...

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Sustainable Events Summit Speakers

Sustainable Events Summit Speakers

7th October 2022

Vision: 2025 reveals a stunning array of speakers, as it returns to the Showman’s Show with the strongest Sustainable Event Summit to date. With just under two weeks to go until the Summit, all of the sessions and speakers, including thought leaders, industry experts and policy makers are confirmed. They will be sharing their insights, to inform and inspire outdoor event sustainability ac...

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SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY

6th October 2022

Sustainability is without doubt the most important part of managing your festival. Once you have booked the artists, the equipment and sold the tickets, consider your sustainability right from the start and AFO would strongly recommend visiting the following websites for good guidance. Vision2025 Ecolibrium Powerful Thinking Julie's Bicycle A Greener Festival At any of these, festival orga...

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Energy Review

Energy Review

5th October 2022

The new government are receiving quite a lot of press coverage in view of the energy crisis currently with us (September 2022). Members will be aware that there is a plan to alleviate the pressure on domestic tariffs and a six-month period still to be properly defined for support of businesses.  If your festival has office premises, storage units or indeed any gas, electric energy bills c...

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Access All Areas Conference & Awards

Access All Areas Conference & Awards

30th September 2022

The Access All Areas Conference & Awards are taking place on 10 November. The inaugural Access All Areas Conference & Awards is an event born out of the necessity to raise key issues and standards within the live events landscape, split between educational sessions delivered by industry leaders and an immersive awards ceremony. Who can enter the awards? Whether you are representing a liv...

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Event Buyers Live partners with Sustainability Experts for 2022 Event

Event Buyers Live partners with Sustainability Experts for 2022 Event

30th September 2022

Sustainability has always been a popular roundtable discussion at Event Buyers Live. It’s a key area of focus for live event organisers. Hence, this year’s industry event (November 28-30) will feature a workshop dedicated to sustainability. The sustainability workshop will be led by isla, an action-driven body that seeks to accelerate the event industry’s adoption of susta...

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VACANCY: EVENTS MANAGER CALL OUT

VACANCY: EVENTS MANAGER CALL OUT

29th September 2022

Fancy a new job? Pennine Events are looking for an experienced Events Manager to help plan, manage and deliver some of the UK’s most exciting and largest events and projects, who must possess live, outdoor and mass participation event management experience.   Find out more about the vacancy here....

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English Folk Expo 2022 | 13-16 October | Manchester

English Folk Expo 2022 | 13-16 October | Manchester

29th September 2022

The annual industry showcase for the folk, roots and acoustic music in England. English Folk Expo returns to Manchester 13-16th October with more than 50 artists presenting, including the most diverse lineup yet. English Folk Expo encourages festival directors and organisers to gather together, discover great music, meet the wider industry face-to-face, speak with funders and cultivate new netw...

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Attitude is Everything New Website Launch

Attitude is Everything New Website Launch

26th September 2022

Attitude is Everything, a charity devoted to connecting music and live event industries with disabled people to improve access together, has just launched a new website. Whether you are an industry professional looking for support to improve accessibility or forge a career, an aspiring artist looking to connect with new opportunities, or an audience member wanting to contribute to improving acc...

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LIVE VAT Open Letter - September 2022

LIVE VAT Open Letter - September 2022

22nd September 2022

To the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Following two hugely disrupted years of closures, cancellations and Government restrictions, live music is once again bringing joy to communities across the UK. This summer saw one of the biggest weekends of live music in the country’s history with an estimated one million fans flocking to world famous festivals, classical concerts a...

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Events Industry Forum Invites Applications for Grants

Events Industry Forum Invites Applications for Grants

22nd September 2022

The Event Industry Forum invites applications for grants for projects that will benefit the events industry. The Forum, which brings together 25 trade bodies and similar organisations from across the event industry, has funding available to support projects that will be of general benefit to the outdoor sector. Since taking over publication of The Purple Guide from the Health & Safety Exec...

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General Secretary Writes - September 2022

General Secretary Writes - September 2022

18th September 2022

Hello Members and Colleagues It was with great sadness that the team at AFO office recognised the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving Queen in history.  Throughout the following 11 days up to her funeral on 19 September there have been event cancellations, other events going ahead with respectful notices and a sometimes-overwhelming amount of coverage on national television.&nbs...

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