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Powerful Thinking Launches 4th Annual Festival Industry Green Survey

Powerful Thinking Launches 4th Annual Festival Industry Green Survey

7th December 2018

Powerful Thinking, the live events industry think-tank, has launched its 4thannual Festival Industry Green Survey. First run in 2015 by Powerful Thinking, with support from the AIF and AFO, the Festival Industry Green Survey provides information on how the industry is doing in terms of sustainability and helps Powerful Thinking identify how to support positive changes.   The survey asks...

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Family Arts Conference

Family Arts Conference

5th December 2018

Family Arts Conference 12 February 2019 Everyman Theatre, Liverpool Exploring the value of arts and culture for families Save £55 with limited Early Bird offer of £120+VAT available until 14th Dec “It brought me fresh enthusiasm for the sector I work in and I left buzzing with ideas” – delegate, Family Arts Conference 2017 The UK’s largest family...

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Stage and Structure Hire from Wild Rumpus

Stage and Structure Hire from Wild Rumpus

29th November 2018

We love to build cool structures and stages, and they’re available to hire for your festival or event too. Their names do make sense, but maybe only to us… To enquire about availability and logistics, please email [email protected]

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Industry Green Survey

Industry Green Survey

29th November 2018

Fill out the 2018 Industry Green Survey and win a ticket to the the GEI Conference!   Powerful Thinking have launched their 4th annual Industry Green Survey. The results help to track progress and changes across the sector and identify ways to support positive action. Please take a few moments to fill out the survey by the 21st December.  All participants will be ent...

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Convention is next week!

Convention is next week!

14th November 2018

LAST DAY TO BOOK ! Wednesday  14th November  is the last day to book tickets for Convention Day and the Awards dinner.  We have many event organisers and suppliers booked so join them for an informative and challenging day.  ...

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RAW Bottles wins Green Supplier and Innovation Award

RAW Bottles wins Green Supplier and Innovation Award

5th November 2018

RAW Bottles attended The Showman’s Show for the first time in 2018. On a mission to create a world free from pointless plastic by providing of high-quality stainless steel brand-able drinking bottles, the company was delighted to be awarded with an award that recognised its commitment to sustainability. The Green Supplier and Innovation Award, now in its fourth year, was ju...

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Attitude is Everything announces Outstanding Attitude Awards 2019

Attitude is Everything announces Outstanding Attitude Awards 2019

5th November 2018

Attitude is Everything has today revealed initial details of the Outstanding Attitude Awards, which will take place at Islington Assembly Hall, March 12 – the music charity has issued an industry-wide call for nominations. Celebrating innovation and best practice in access to live music and referencing some of the charity’s key campaigns, the awards recognises businesses and or...

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BVEP - URGENT ACTION FOR OUR MEMBERS PLEASE!!

BVEP - URGENT ACTION FOR OUR MEMBERS PLEASE!!

2nd October 2018

Dear Member We wrote to you in August about an exciting research programme launched by the UK Events Industry Board Talent Taskforce at the Government’s request.  The programme includes a survey to be completed by employers and HR heads, giving specific information on how businesses attract, develop and retain their talent.  The deadline for completion has been extended to 8 ...

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Just So Festival receives Sustainable Tourism award

Just So Festival receives Sustainable Tourism award

25th September 2018

Just So Festival’s commitment to sustainable practices informs every part of their business. All onsite vendors use re-usable cups, and since 2018 vendors have been banned from selling single use water bottles. Multiple water refill points have been installed across the site to make using reusable bottles more convenient. All food waste is composted and they work with a disposal company to m...

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Top 5 things not to miss at Festout 2018

Top 5 things not to miss at Festout 2018

25th September 2018

26th& 27th September 2018, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey This week sees the UK’s festival and event industry heading to Sandown Racecourse for two days of insights, networking and catching up with the best in the industry on the issues which matter right now.  Here’s our top 5 things not to miss at this year’s show: 1)The drone downlow A new phenomenon and a di...

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Festival and Outdoor Show announces stellar line up for event safety panels

Festival and Outdoor Show announces stellar line up for event safety panels

20th September 2018

Festival and Outdoor Show announces stellar line up for event safety panels Steve Blake from Storm4 Events is curating panel discussions and talks at the Festival and Outdoor Show which are tackling the tough issues effecting organisers right now, from drone usage to preparing a counter terrorism policy. The event has revealed a speaker line up featuring some of the UK’s leading figures g...

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Time to get passionate with Nick Morgan at Festout

Time to get passionate with Nick Morgan at Festout

20th September 2018

Time to get passionate with Nick Morgan Next week (Sept 26th/ 27th) the movers and shakers of the outdoor events and festival sector will be found in Sandown Park Racecourse at Festout.   In addition to the hundred plus exhibitors on site, the show offers its visitors a focused conference program, featuring high profile industry experts. Nick Morgan CEO and founder of independ...

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Festival Vision 2025

Festival Vision 2025

3rd September 2018

Festival Vision:2025 at The Showman’s Show: Full Programme Released   The Vision:2025annual conference looks to increase the momentum of festival industry communities working together to create more sustainable events at The Showman’s Show, October 17th2018.    The event, hosted by industry think-tank Powerful Thinking, brings the 70+ festival ...

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SIA Update

SIA Update

31st July 2018

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The EN Indy Awards

The EN Indy Awards

18th July 2018

The story of David and Goliath is well known but the reality is that Goliath normally wins and this is reflected in many industry awards programmes.  ENintroduced The Indy Award recently to cater for exactly this – to allow smaller, independent organisers to compete with their peers rather than t...

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The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout)

The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout)

17th July 2018

  The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) returns with a focus on key industry training September 26th/27th, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) will take place at Sandown Park on September 26thand 27thfor its second year.  Launched in 2017, Festout is aimed at bringing the outdoor events market together to learn, network and be...

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30 Under Thirty

30 Under Thirty

4th July 2018

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Gate to Southwell Festival - Review

Gate to Southwell Festival - Review

4th July 2018

Over 5000 people visited Southwell in early June for the most successful Gate To Southwell acoustic and roots music festival so far.  A combination of international artists, traditional dancers, great family entertainment and wonderful weather attracted festival-goers and tourists to town for the annual procession.  Meanwhile, on the festival site near the racecourse, over 50 a...

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Spiral Earth

Spiral Earth

4th July 2018

Did you know that our folk festival directory to UK and European festivals is one of the most popular parts of our website? It gets consistently high views all year round and as we run it in collaboration with fRoots magazine and the Association of Festival Organisers there is a constant stream of traffic from their sites.  Festival goers seem to be choosing which ones to go to earli...

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Child fatally injured from inflatable fault

Child fatally injured from inflatable fault

4th July 2018

In the first week of July 2018 a young girl enjoying the summer sunshine on a bouncy castle at the beach was hurled into the air as the castle exploded.  Unfortunately, she died of her injuries. The bouncy was more like an inflatable trampoline and part of a whole series of inflatable toys and rides on the beach. Why it exploded is currently being investigated (July 2018). &...

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