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The Green Events & Innovations Conference GEI 14

The Green Events & Innovations Conference GEI 14

11th February 2022

A Greener Festival have just announced that registration for the 14th Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI 14) - is now open! Hot on the heels of a very successful Summer Edition but with some significant and exciting new changes. The Conference will take place on 29th April 2022 GEI is a partnership with not-for-profit sustainability specialists AGF and the International Live Music C...

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A CUT IN VAT would make so much difference to the festival and events industry, and actually develop more revenue for the treasury.

A CUT IN VAT would make so much difference to the festival and events industry, and actually develop more revenue for the treasury.

9th February 2022

Hospitality and tourism bodies state permanent VAT reduction benefits are ‘undeniable’, publishing a study that states cut will save the Government £4.6bn and create over quarter of a million jobs over the next decade. The British Beer and Pub Association, UKHospitality, the Tourism Alliance and the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions have today published a study which hi...

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At Last Events Are Returning... DCRS

At Last Events Are Returning... DCRS

7th February 2022

How can DCRS help? If you are planning any events however large or small, they will try and offer our radio communication systems within your budget and we will offer competitive pricing to meet your needs. So why hire from them? Motorola Digital hand portables, mobiles and repeaters UK Nationwide coverage digital radio systems Full range of audio accessories to compliment our...

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Crouch End Festival Website Enquiry

Crouch End Festival Website Enquiry

7th February 2022

Every year they run a community arts festival over about a week. They have up to 200 performers, 60 venues and lots going on. Mostly free too. They are looking at building a new website and would like any thoughts and suggestions from the AFO community. Their challenges are: •  easy to maintain and update. cheap to run and maintain •  ability for up to 200 performers to lo...

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Ecolibrium Balances Six Million Miles of Live Event Travel Carbon Emissions in 2021

Ecolibrium Balances Six Million Miles of Live Event Travel Carbon Emissions in 2021

7th February 2022

Donations from over 35 members, including EMI Records, Universal Music UK, Wilderness Festival and All Points East, will balance the equivalent of over six million miles of travel carbon emissions, funding six projects taking action on the climate crisis; from community-owned renewable energy and gardening projects in London, to protecting threatened rainforests and ecosystems that seq...

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TIER and other Updates

TIER and other Updates

2nd February 2022

DCMS CSR Settlement There are indications that DCMS’s internal allocation of the funds they have been allocated by Treasury through the Comprehensive Spending Review progress has ended by announcement of new funding for projects by the Department over the last couple of days. These include: The £560m National Youth Guarantee scheme announced today which comprises: A Youth Invest...

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Norma has left the Folk club

Norma has left the Folk club

1st February 2022

It is with great sadness that we join others in telling the world of the passing of the great NORMA WATERSON (Sunday 30th January 2022).In the 1960’s with her brother, sister and cousin she sang around the world.  She took English and especially Yorkshire songs out to adoring audiences at clubs, festivals, on record and on film.  She was kind, caring and very generous with the musi...

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Festival Supplier Awards 2022 Winners

Festival Supplier Awards 2022 Winners

1st February 2022

Best Power - Sponsored by John F Hunt Power Power Logistics   Best Fencing / Hoarding Entertee Hire Limited   Best Concession / Bar Peppermint Bars and Events   Best Festival Technology Provider Power Logistics ...

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Vision2025: Latest News

Vision2025: Latest News

31st January 2022

Sustainability Panels at Event Production Show 2022 Vision: 2025 and Powerful Thinking have partnered with Access All Areas to deliver two sustainability-focused panels at the Event Production Show, 8th March, at... Read More.   Green Leader Q&A #19: Helen Harland, Event Manager at Manchester City Council Helen Harland has worked as an Event Manager at Manchester City Council for 10 y...

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The results of the PLASA and #WeMakeEvents survey are now available to view

The results of the PLASA and #WeMakeEvents survey are now available to view

29th January 2022

This survey was carried out to collect data on how Live Events companies and professionals continue to be impacted by Covid-19. A sum total of 1,948 respondents from over 40 countries completed the survey between 1 November and 21 December 2021. They have thanked everyone who took the time to complete this survey, as well as their international partners who shared the survey in Spanish, Italian...

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The Online Shows Continue... Big Burns Supper

The Online Shows Continue... Big Burns Supper

20th January 2022

Check out our online events!  As well as our free, online Burns Night event - Eddi Reader's Big Burns Supper - we have four other free, online events running between now and Saturday 29th January! Tonight, at 6pm, Coinneach MacLeod – also known as the Hebridean Baker – will be taking over our Facebook page for an evening of honing in on your cooking skills. Fo...

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Event Production Show

Event Production Show

18th January 2022

Head down to the Event Production Show on the 8-9th March at London ExCel and experience a showcase of the latest products and services, including staging, AV, equipment hire, event technology, temporary structures, security and much more. Network, explore and discover more in two days than you can in months of research and calls, with your free pass giving you access to: Over 50 hours of cont...

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Robert Richards

Robert Richards

14th January 2022

GLASTONBURY’S ROBERT RICHARDS DIES AT 65 Michael Eavis leads tributes to the festival's "remarkable" longtime commercial director, who worked on the event for 30 years Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has led tributes to the festival’s long-serving commercial director Robert Richards, who has died aged 65 following a short illness. Richards, who was the producer of Julien Temple&rs...

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Industry Green Survey 2021 “ Results and Analysis

Industry Green Survey 2021 “ Results and Analysis

11th January 2022

The annual Industry Green Survey of outdoor festivals, conducted by the Vision: 2025 network of outdoor events and businesses taking climate action for the 7th year running, provides a snapshot of sustainability practice across the industry by asking UK festival organisers about their attitudes and challenges. The results identify trends and changes and help Vision: 2025 shape support ...

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Mother Earth Expects!

Mother Earth Expects!

10th January 2022

Here we are in a new year, one that the earth is totally familiar with. We talk the talk about how we must save the planet, about the rise in temperature and climate change happening before our very eyes. But quite apart from the policies and good will that we publish for our festivals, what are we actually doing?? Have we taken any action in our own personal and domestic lives?. (see Chris Joh...

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The Irish government is set to pay approximately 2,000 artists and musicians a basic income for three years

The Irish government is set to pay approximately 2,000 artists and musicians a basic income for three years

10th January 2022

Now here’s a great idea...  IRISH GOV TO PAY ‘BASIC INCOME’ TO 2,000 ARTISTS The "once-in-a-lifetime policy intervention" could see thousands of artists paid a basic income for three years to pursue their creative work With thanx to IQ mag Recipients of the scheme may receive a basic payment of €10.50 (£8.75) an hour to pursue their creative work. A consultatio...

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In Case An Organiser Wants Covid-19 Insurance!

In Case An Organiser Wants Covid-19 Insurance!

10th January 2022

There have been some minor changes to the governments reinsurance scheme. However the principal remains the same. If you are considering applying it would be worth you reading this. If not, then use your time more wisely and go and support your local pub.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/live-events-reinsurance-scheme...

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AFO General Secretary Writes – Friday 7 January 2022

AFO General Secretary Writes – Friday 7 January 2022

7th January 2022

Firstly, may I wish you a very Happy New Year and I hope that you had a good Christmas break. You will remember that I wrote my last GSW on 14 December so in the run up to Christmas there were one or two things going on and then a long silence, so perhaps this edition will be a bit shorter than usual. Monday 13 December I attended Festival and Outdoor Events DCMS Working Group where we looked ...

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A New Festival Venue

A New Festival Venue

7th January 2022

‘AFO office had a call from Al Brown in Stockton-on-Tees telling us about a great new venue for hosting a festival.  He has a very large farm area with a brewery onboard as well. He is very keen to talk to anybody in the northeast who would be interested in staging a festival in partnership with him. You can find him at [email protected] The farm is Upper Brew Farm, Racecourse Road,...

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More cash left in CULTURAL RECOVERY FUND

More cash left in CULTURAL RECOVERY FUND

7th January 2022

It is definitely worth you checking to see if you qualify for some funding. It’s not easy but if you were successful it will be worth the effort. The Government has made a further £30 million available and extended the application window for emergency funding through the Culture Recovery Fund to support museums, cinemas, theatres and heritage organisations through the impact of the O...

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