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AFO Members Online Meeting 5 November 2022

AFO Members Online Meeting 5 November 2022

16th September 2022

Re:  Members Online Meetings  For those of you who were able to get to the online meeting on 15 September (24 members).We had a very interesting meeting and were able to give out plenty of news . We heard some good stories of how festivals had been in 2022.  We were looking at the possibility of another members meeting prior to Conference, however, it is very likely that any su...

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DCMS Toolkit for the National Mourning Period

DCMS Toolkit for the National Mourning Period

16th September 2022

DCMS have shared a business toolkit including visual assets for the national mourning period, and further details on the national moment of reflection on Sunday. Toolkit BEIS have created a business toolkit for partners, businesses, trade organisations, ALBs and the public sector during this time of mourning to show the country speaking with one voice of unity.  If you feel it appropri...

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AFO CONFERENCE: RECOVER, ENGAGE AND ENRICH

AFO CONFERENCE: RECOVER, ENGAGE AND ENRICH

13th September 2022

Face-to-face at last. After two years of virtual conferences the Association of Festival Organisers will hold a face-to-face Conference on Saturday 5 November at Fenton Town Hall, Albert Square, Fenton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. The Conference will attract both AFO members and non-members along with trade and supply companies, panels and speakers from a wide variety of subject matter linke...

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How to NOT win a Festival Award

How to NOT win a Festival Award

12th September 2022

If you don't enter, you can't win. ENTER HERE...

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The Showman's Show 2022

The Showman's Show 2022

8th September 2022

Here is the latest news from The Showman's Show. Check out what they said...  As the sun begins to set on a full calendar of summer events, we’re putting the finishing touches to this year’s Showman’s Show. Now just six weeks away, we are continuing to attract high calibre exhibitors with a fantastic array of products and services that are set to make it an unmissable eve...

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If You Ever Wondered Why AFO Support LIVE

If You Ever Wondered Why AFO Support LIVE

7th September 2022

Recent correspondence from Chief Executive John Collins, might go some way towards telling you of the work that is being done on behalf of the live music industry, which of course, included you and your festival. See here....

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Why Does AFO Support AGF?

Why Does AFO Support AGF?

6th September 2022

A Greener Festival is simply an assessment of how green your event is. You pay for an inspection and when you have had one, if you have passed, you get the badge. Then you can say to your customers ‘we are greener’. However, you might wonder why AFO supports AGF. For instance, Platinum Jubilee Pageant consulted with A Greener Festival to help make the event (known as PJP) the most sus...

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Together, Face-to-Face, at Last

Together, Face-to-Face, at Last

6th September 2022

With the Covid pandemic behind us (keep your fingers crossed) we are now in a position to hold an AFO Conference face-to-face. Having checked in with a good number of members and tested how many wanted to come to such an event, I have come to the conclusion that a one day get together on Saturday 5 November will do the job. So, the date has been in your diaries for several months, I can now con...

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UK Festival Awards 2022

UK Festival Awards 2022

5th September 2022

You have until the 30 September to recommend someone or some organisation for a public vote category in the UK Festival Awards 17th Edition. There are awards for: Best Large Festival Best Medium Festival Best Small Festival Best Family Festival Best Non-Music Festival Best Grassroots Festival Best New Festival Best Overseas Festival Best Metropolitan Festival There are also 12 other...

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AIF CEO, Paul Reed, to Step Down Later in the Year

AIF CEO, Paul Reed, to Step Down Later in the Year

5th September 2022

Our good friend Paul Reed at the Association of Independent Festivals has decided to move on from his role as CEO of AIF and opens up the opportunity for a new leader of the Association of Independent Festivals. On behalf of all AFO members I would like to thank Paul for his generous sharing of facts, figures, information and teamwork in supporting the wider festival and events industry over his ...

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Single Use Plastic Cups

Single Use Plastic Cups

5th September 2022

There is now no excuse at all for having single use plastic cups at your event.  Planning for 2023 might be assisted by reading the publication from City to Sea Campaign. The booklet is called Solutions on Tap and can be found on their website. Solutions on Tap is a guide to reducing waste and introducing reusable cup schemes at festivals and events. The new guide for smaller medium sized ...

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In-bound Musicians

In-bound Musicians

5th September 2022

Since leaving the European Union in-bound musicians should have work permits.  Recent examples include Brecon Jazz and Sore Fingers Week. John Wirtz from Sore Fingers recently dropped me a line to remind festival organisers of the requirements for work permits by EU musicians and some of the restrictions surrounding these permits. He writes, “Some UK festivals are not taking this re...

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The £200 Weekend Ticket Has Arrived

The £200 Weekend Ticket Has Arrived

5th September 2022

You may be charging £120 or maybe £150 for an adult ticket for your weekend festival. In 2018 and 19 that would have been around the average. After Covid there was a 30% increase in the hire costs of equipment, artists’ fees increased, and the economic crisis hit GB. In 2023 the £200 adult weekend ticket is bound to happen. Festival Republic have already announced that L...

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LIVE Newsletter

LIVE Newsletter

30th August 2022

The LIVE Awards LIVE has launched a new awards ceremony and end-of-year party. The LIVE Awards will take place in London on 13 December, and will recognise and reward those individuals and companies taking our sector to the next level. Proceeds from the night will help fund LIVE’s ongoing work and The LIVE Awards will be a great networking and profile-raising opportunity. And, thank...

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Back From Cropedy?

Back From Cropedy?

19th August 2022

For all you Fairport fans you may remember a concept album called Babbacombe Lee. Well, if you want to see the story brought to life get yourself up to Hartlepool Festival.  Organised by Joan Crump, the Hartlepool Folk Festival has a performance of Babbacome Lee on 30 September. Have a look here....

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Join the Club

Join the Club

17th August 2022

I have talked about this many times in the past and asked AFO Festival Members to use the AFO logo wherever they can, on publicity, printed adverts and magazines, posters, websites, social media, wherever you can. The more our logo is spotted the more recognition our industry will receive. Our strong membership unity makes a difference. So thank you Gate to Southwell Festival, thanks to Tenterden...

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2022 UK Festival Awards are now Open for Entries

2022 UK Festival Awards are now Open for Entries

17th August 2022

You can now enter the UK Festival Awards 2022, you have until 30th September. There are categories for both public vote and panel judging. This year, there are two new categories; the Positively Perfect Pivot Award is for the organisation that rotated its skillset towards positive activities during the Covid19 lockdowns; the Community Impact Award is for festivals that take steps to create posit...

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Stainsby BUY THEIR FIELDS

Stainsby BUY THEIR FIELDS

17th August 2022

I can report that one of our longstanding AFO members has become one of 244 local charities based around the Stainsby, East Derbyshire area. They have got themselves a variety of awards and have now raised enough money to buy the fields on which the festival is run. They called it the Dream of Fields Appeal. Tony Trafford, the Chair of the Trustees said, “This will be a great year for the ...

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Sidmouth Festival

Sidmouth Festival

11th August 2022

The Sidmouth Folk Festival was once described, by Colin Irwin, as the granddaddy of English folk festivals. Founded in 1955, 2022 was the 68th festival. In 2020, the festival went online, and in 2021 a cut-down event, called ‘A Celebration of the Sidmouth Folk Festival’ took afternoon and evening concerts to the outdoor Blackmore Gardens stage. So Covid had failed to stop the festiva...

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Not Always Bad News From MCPS

Not Always Bad News From MCPS

11th August 2022

On 1 August 2022, MCPS announced a reduction in commission rates by 10%* for all of its publisher, direct composer and songwriter members. Following the announcement, please find further information on what this means for members and what to expect from MCPS in the future, below. Why is MCPS reducing its commissions? Performing Rights Organisations (PROs) and Collective Management Organisations ...

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