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A Four-Day Bank Holiday Weekend Will Mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

A Four-Day Bank Holiday Weekend Will Mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

3rd June 2021

A four-day bank holiday weekend will mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee next summer to celebrate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne. National events will include a live concert featuring some of the world’s biggest stars, a service of thanksgiving and, perhaps the Queen’s own highlight, a day at the races. The 2022 break will run from Thursday 2 June until Sunday...

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Event Producer - Job Vacancy

Event Producer - Job Vacancy

2nd June 2021

  Feast It are looking for an experienced and level-headed Event Producer to manage their most high-profile event contracts from start to finish and are looking for someone who takes huge pleasure in seeing the culmination of their work at a successful event!   You will be responsible for delivering total supplier management to the clients, including curati...

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Purple Guide Update

Purple Guide Update

29th May 2021

PURPLE GUIDE …..Update £25 subscription per year for access to the best and most valuable document in festival and event planning. Recognised and copied worldwide, The Purple Guide has been updated with the addition of a new chapter on Adventure Sports (Chapter 33) and with additional guidance added to Chapter 22 on Safeguarding Children and Youn...

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UK Music Chief Executive Welcomes DCMS Select Committee Call For “Make or Break” Action On Festivals

UK Music Chief Executive Welcomes DCMS Select Committee Call For “Make or Break” Action On Festivals

29th May 2021

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has welcomed calls from a new House of Commons Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee Report that highlights the need for urgent action on festival insurance. The call comes as the industry nears closer to the proposed June 21st re-opening date, which could see large scale events such as festivals allowed to retu...

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PRS Streaming

PRS Streaming

25th May 2021

PRS STREAMING  PRS announced that they wanted around 17% of gross takings for live streaming of music. After an avalanche of complaints, discussions took place which ended with the suggestion that between 5% and 8% was a more likely result, and further a percentage the same as a live performance would be even better. PRS took this on board and came back not surprisingly by annou...

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Changes to Performing Arts Guidance

Changes to Performing Arts Guidance

25th May 2021

Changes to Performing Arts Guidance Since the 17 May Roadmap announcement, through DCMS the government have made changes to the Performing Arts Guidance: Confirmation that concert halls, theatre and grass roots music venues can all reopen on 17 May with social distancing and capacity caps in place.  Outdoor events can take place for up to 4000 people or 50% of a site or venue capaci...

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Covid Status Certification

Covid Status Certification

25th May 2021

AFO was recently represented at a roundtable evidence gathering meeting chaired by Michael Gov MP and also attended by Paul Scully and Oliver Dowden MP. The group were gathering information and feelings regarding the potential need for a status certification for people to attend events. There was a strong consensus amongst the attendees that CSC should be based on capacity of venue linked to th...

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Enabling Safe And Effective Volunteering During Coronavirus

Enabling Safe And Effective Volunteering During Coronavirus

24th May 2021

Many AFO members use volunteers to help at their festivals. This is the latest GOV.guidance for safe working with yours. Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/enabling-safe-and-effective-volunteering-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=e48b10db-8926-41d8-b64c-e50185364d...

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Martin Carthy, The Patron of AFO is Hitting 80 years old on Friday 21st May

Martin Carthy, The Patron of AFO is Hitting 80 years old on Friday 21st May

19th May 2021

  THE PATRON of AFO is hitting 80yrs old on Friday 21st May. Martin Carthy has been kind enough to lend his name and full support to AFO for many years. His undying belief in the traditions and rights of people to gather together in Festivals of all kinds has been with us all the way. His own appearances at festivals throughout the world are always met with resounding cheers and ...

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The Road Map Changes the Rules

The Road Map Changes the Rules

18th May 2021

Following the move to Step 3 of the Prime Minister’s Roadmap to reopening, AFO is pleased to let you know that the Performing Arts guidance has been updated and can be accessed here.  As a summary, the key updates to the guidance are: Confirmation that theatre, concert halls, and grassroots music venues can all reopen from 17th May with social distancing and capacity caps ...

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Coventry UK City of Culture Is Looking For Local Performers To Get Involved In A New Outdoor Festival Showcasing Local Talent

Coventry UK City of Culture Is Looking For Local Performers To Get Involved In A New Outdoor Festival Showcasing Local Talent

17th May 2021

COVENTRY.. CITY OF CULTURE. What a tough year to be selected as UK city of culture, but Coventry are now going for it. They have of course been delayed due to you know….. Now they are going full belt for the rest of their year. So if you live round there get involved, if you can visit do so and support Coventry, in particular LIVE ARTS. Coventry UK City of Culture is looking fo...

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How Green Is Yours? Green Sells Tickets!

How Green Is Yours? Green Sells Tickets!

15th May 2021

How Green is yours? Green sells tickets! See the latest news in climate action from Vision 20/20 Tell your customers how you are playing your part. Visit: https://www.vision2025.org.uk/news...

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Attendees At Most Outdoor Events Do Not Need To Give Their Contact Details Under The Test And Trace Regulations.

Attendees At Most Outdoor Events Do Not Need To Give Their Contact Details Under The Test And Trace Regulations.

14th May 2021

The Department of Health and DCMS have clarified that attendees at most outdoor events do not need to give their contact details under the test and trace regulations. You don’t need to collect DATA (but it helps if you do) The Department of Health and DCMS have clarified that attendees at most outdoor events do not need to give their contact details under the test and trace regulations...

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Event Production Show In Two Weeks Time

Event Production Show In Two Weeks Time

14th May 2021

In less than two weeks time, the creators and curators of some of our most loved events will take to the stage, in person, in a COVID secure environment. The Event Production Show is OUR moment of solidarity for every single #eventprof who has struggled professionally throughout this last year.   The Event Production Show is really starting to take shape now and as w...

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General Secretary Writes - May 2021

General Secretary Writes - May 2021

11th May 2021

WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS TUNNEL TOO LONG... Hello Members and Friends, I hope you are all safe and well and as my title this month suggests, it really is time we found a way out of this tunnel.  The light is definitely on, quite possibly getting brighter, and I can tell you that a lot of different organisations are working towards the same goal as us. DCMS Select Committee One of those ...

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Survey Of 25,000 Fans Reveals They Are Ready To Return To Live Music

Survey Of 25,000 Fans Reveals They Are Ready To Return To Live Music

6th May 2021

SURVEY OF 25,000 FANS REVEALS THEY ARE READY TO RETURN TO LIVE MUSIC Fans want live music, and they want it now. Over 50% of fans are ready to attend music events right now if they could, with a further 25% ready to attend once they feel the right mitigations are in place. Tickets are selling: 73% of fans have already bought tickets since March, and by July 63% of music fans will have been...

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Mental Health in your workplace is not just a COVID issue.

Mental Health in your workplace is not just a COVID issue.

4th May 2021

Mental Health in your workplace is not just a COVID issue. With thanks to friends at AEO read this , collect the tool kit and don’t think it’s not for you . A foreword from the Chair and Vice The Coronavirus pandemic has been a very stressful time for a lot of people and the last 13 months have been a testing time for all particularly managing isolation and continued unce...

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Stand Out and Event Site Design Have Launched A New Resource To Post And Apply For Event Jobs

Stand Out and Event Site Design Have Launched A New Resource To Post And Apply For Event Jobs

29th April 2021

A new resource that enables events professionals to post and apply for event jobs has been launched by Stand Out and Event Site Design A simple and effective service for events professionals seeking new event-based roles has been launched, thanks to a new partnership between Event Site Design and Stand Out magazine. Event Jobs, in association with Event Site Design, is a new resource o...

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Steve Heap Invites You To Join Him At The Events Production Show 26-27 May 2021

Steve Heap Invites You To Join Him At The Events Production Show 26-27 May 2021

28th April 2021

Steve Heap the General Secretary of The Association of Festival Organisers invites you to join him at the Event Production Show in May.  “You are very welcome to join me and my colleagues on a panel on the mainstage at 3:30pm on Wednesday 26th of May at the Event Production Show when we will be discussing Grassroots Festivals.   If you're just starting out o...

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Will it be Face to Face or Virtual OR  a bit of Both ?

Will it be Face to Face or Virtual OR a bit of Both ?

27th April 2021

Will it be Face to Face or Virtual OR a bit of Both ??? JAM SPOTLIGHT Hybrid Events are offering FREE webinar on the subject, so if you are thinking you will but not quite sure how. Try this: https://www.reghub.net/hybrideventsjam   More information: https://crystalinteractive.net...

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