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Safeguarding Children for Charities Conference 2018 - London

Safeguarding Children for Charities Conference 2018 - London

14th August 2017

Forum Training are running a Safeguarding Children for Charities Conference in London on 18 January 2018. Children are exposed to increased dangers as our world becomes more technologically advanced . We need to make sure our safeguarding procedures are up-to-date. Charities that come into contact with children and young people need to train staff on new types of safeguarding ris...

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How will Brexit affect your festival?

How will Brexit affect your festival?

12th August 2017

Dear Colleagues,   DCMS are asking for more information about how we think Brexit and the movement of workers will affect your festivals and events.   I would be grateful if you think your event is affected in any way by these ten questions, please make the answers direct to Tom Kiehl at UK Music [email protected] and mention that you are a member of AFO. ...

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Just So Festival launches in New Zealand

Just So Festival launches in New Zealand

7th August 2017

Wild Rumpus, organiser of Just So Festival, has revealed details of the first New Zealand edition. Just So Festival New Zealand will be an annual, intimate, weekend-long festival and imaginative outdoor adventure like no other. A multi award-winning arts festival which is now in its 8th year in the UK, and after a sell-out inaugural year in Brazil 2016, Just So Festival New Ze...

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Plastic is fighting back!

Plastic is fighting back!

7th August 2017

For the festival organisers amongst us who have merchandise and CD stalls (a great source of festival income), Proper Music Distribution recently announced a real fight back. Quoting from the BPI “LP sales are up by 56.4%, even turntables sales are up by 62%.  47% of the customers buying CDs around the UK have in-car CD players and 64.2% of physical music buyers are male. D...

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Time to enter the NOEA Awards!

Time to enter the NOEA Awards!

7th August 2017

Awards Deadline extended to 11 September 2017. Enter online visit http://www.noea.org.uk/online-awards.asp   – entries are free but must be submitted by 11 September  2017. Those shortlisted in each category will be offered up to two half price tickets for the awards dinner in Bath on 22 November. This year’s categories are: Event Innovation...

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Fantastic for Families- new year-round listings from the Family Arts Campaign!

Fantastic for Families- new year-round listings from the Family Arts Campaign!

7th August 2017

Fantastic for Families is a year-round arts listings website and national promotional campaign to families, run by the Family Arts Campaign . Fantasticforfamilies.com will launch on 1st October and will replace the national Family Arts Festival, which previously took place during October. The Fantastic for Families website, promotional campaign and branding will help families to discover arts e...

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£30,000 of festival takings stolen - please be vigilant

£30,000 of festival takings stolen - please be vigilant

7th August 2017

We were sad to hear that WellowFest in Nottinghamshire has been targeted by thieves.  Do take time to review your money handling policy and remind your festival team to be alert and vigilant. See the full article on Event industry News. https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/festivals-outdoor-event-news/police-appeal-30000-festival-takings-stolen/...

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Farmers & Rural Business Owners 74% More Likely to Diversify Due to Brexit

Farmers & Rural Business Owners 74% More Likely to Diversify Due to Brexit

7th August 2017

Diversity is the future of farming. More and more farms are looking at branching out into more than one area to establish multiple streams of income which will allow business to remain resilient in times where subsidies are falling and trade deals with the EU are up in the air. A recent study by Farm Business Innovation revealed that out of almost 300 farmers and rural business owners polled, over...

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Home Office advice for those that operate crowded places

Home Office advice for those that operate crowded places

7th August 2017

Please see below links to updated advice from the Home Office which may be of interest. www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-counter-terrorism-security-office and CPNI webpages www.cpni.gov.uk provide support for those that operate crowded places. This includes recently revised and refreshed guidance directed at site owners and operators written to help those ch...

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Event Safety Diploma at University of Derby in partnership with NOEA

Event Safety Diploma at University of Derby in partnership with NOEA

7th August 2017

This course, the first of its kind when it started in 2008, has helped professionalise and validate industry professionals in Event Safety Management. It has been developed by industry for industry, and is now delivered in partnership with the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA). It offers a comprehensive overview of events safety and helps you apply these skills to the workplace. Course...

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Undesirable Steward

Undesirable Steward

7th August 2017

Dear Colleagues, It has been brought to our attention that there is a volunteer steward going around the festival scene who we would class as undesirable. He has already appeared and been ‘undesirable’ in at least two festivals.  His name is available from the AFO office on receipt of a request.  Steve Heap General Secretary, AFO August 2017 [email protected]

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Sidmouth FolkWeek - whether the weather

Sidmouth FolkWeek - whether the weather

4th August 2017

A weeks holiday by the sea at one of Europe's most rewarding festivals awaits those who have already booked for this year's Sidmouth FolkWeek and, for those thinking about it, think no more and get down to Devon! The team that build the festival venues have worked their socks off in the most horrendous British wet weather. There may be a delay getting everyone onto the campsite, just be...

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Chairs chosen for House of Commons Select Committees

Chairs chosen for House of Commons Select Committees

21st July 2017

House of Commons Select Committees have made their choice of Chairs for the various committees that do the background work. The ones involving music and the festival scene include Damian Collins, MP, Chair of DCMS.  Rob Halfon, MP, Chair of The Education Committee.  Angus MacNeil, MP, Scottish Nationalist International Trade and Communities and Local Government which is one to keep an...

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Julie's Bicycle Creative Climate Leadership Programme - Apply Now

Julie's Bicycle Creative Climate Leadership Programme - Apply Now

21st July 2017

In March 2017, CCL enabled 25 leading creative and cultural professionals from across the world to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change and accelerate engagement with climate change in their work. Past participants from the festival industry include Michael Soro (Body & Soul), Vikki Chapman (Festival Republic) and Lyke Portvliet (independent, formerly ID&T). Find out more a...

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Register to join Vision: 2025 Festivals at The Showman's Show

Register to join Vision: 2025 Festivals at The Showman's Show

21st July 2017

The sixty UK music festivals who have pledged to cut their event's environmental impacts by 50% with Vision: 2025 will meet onWednesday 18th October 2017 at The Showman's Show. The meeting is chance to network and share experiences with like-minded festival organisers, attend workshops with energy experts to learn more about increasing energy efficiency, cutting fuel bills and CO2 emiss...

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AFO General Secretary on BBC Radio Scotland

AFO General Secretary on BBC Radio Scotland

19th July 2017

BBC Radio Scotland – members in the North of England and indeed Scotland may be interested to know that on 9 July, AFO General Secretary SH was interviewed by Radio Scotland from their Glasgow studios. Others involved in the discussions on the state of the festival scene were representatives from Queen Mary University and UK Music, amongst others. Discussion revolved around affordable act...

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It’s ok, it’s never caught fire ...

It’s ok, it’s never caught fire ...

18th July 2017

It has been brought to our attention that some members have insurance policies that do not include any use of fire anywhere on their site.  I strongly recommend that you check yours. For instance: Camp Fires Lantern Parades Torch Light Processions Fireworks Chinese Lanterns (which you really should not be using) Fire eaters and breathers in str...

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DATA - European legislation (GDPR)

DATA - European legislation (GDPR)

18th July 2017

It looks like the Europeans may be sending us a little bit more regulation before we drop out. This may not be a bad thing. Read on for more information on the General Data Protection Regulation which seeks to create a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and aims to give citizens back the control for their personal data whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting and proces...

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Event and festival organisers asked to be vigilant regarding cloned SIA licenses

Event and festival organisers asked to be vigilant regarding cloned SIA licenses

14th July 2017

The following information is sent to event and festival organisers, event security providers and related associations to mitigate the risk caused by unlicensed staff. The SIA is investigating event security provider LS Armour Security Ltd of Barry, South Wales following allegations that the company supplied unlicensed operatives using fraudulent (cloned) SIA badges at festivals in the U...

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Over 30m people attended live music events in 2016

Over 30m people attended live music events in 2016

11th July 2017

UK Music has launched the Wish You Were Here 2017 report into music tourism. The report features both national and regional figures and reveals the huge impact of music tourism on the UK economy. The number of people who enjoyed live music events in the UK rose by 12% in 2016 to 30.9 million – up from 27.7 million in 2015. Live music fans generated £4 billion in...

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