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First Additions to Spectacular Line-up Announced for Timber Festival 2022, a Celebration of Music, Forests, Art and Ideas in the National Forest

First Additions to Spectacular Line-up Announced for Timber Festival 2022, a Celebration of Music, Forests, Art and Ideas in the National Forest

13th December 2021

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 July 2022, Feanedock woodland, the National Forest. Tickets at www.timberfestival.org.uk Including Penguin Cafe, The Turbans, Josienne Clarke, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, writer Max Porter, beatboxer Testament, films from Kendal Mountain Festival, circus, dance, theatre, and more! Timber Festival will return to the National Forest next summer for three specta...

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The New Guidance Around Mandatory Covid Checks

The New Guidance Around Mandatory Covid Checks

13th December 2021

The new guidance around mandatory covid checks are (very likely) coming in from Wednesday 15th December. We don’t know when they will be lifted, but after some recent briefings from Gov. science we don’t expect much relief until February 2022. So here is your late-night digest. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carrying-out-mandatory-covid-19-status-checks-at-your-venue-or-event...

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Government Re-Insurance Update

Government Re-Insurance Update

13th December 2021

YES!! It’s that Gov re-insurance again. They are still not listening and persist in trying to get us to buy it. This is their latest: "Thank you for your help in spreading the word within the sector. I imagine you are all well aware, but I thought it would be worth flagging that the initial grace period of the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme will soon end. Currently, cover can ...

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Julie Newman: An Open Letter to all of the Team members, artists, access workers and Together!

Julie Newman: An Open Letter to all of the Team members, artists, access workers and Together!

13th December 2021

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making this year’s Festival. It has been extraordinary to watch the Festival grow from year to year. The range of talent and skills has been so important to showcase, and our emerging artists have been able enjoy moving alongside some wonderful experienced talent. That indicates the robust nature of Disability Arts during this very di...

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Mike Boston

Mike Boston

13th December 2021

Sadly, after the sad loss of Barry Coope last month we are now somewhat shocked to hear Mike Boston of Great Western Morris and GW ceilidhs has died suddenly. Mike was the life and soul of all and any party. He of the blue and white check jacket was best dancer, trainer and Fool for great western for decades. His amazing charm and dancing skill turned morris dancing into a show, an exhibitio...

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AFO Report on SH Visit to Event Buyers Live (EBL) 2021 – in Nottingham from the 29 November to 1 December

AFO Report on SH Visit to Event Buyers Live (EBL) 2021 – in Nottingham from the 29 November to 1 December

11th December 2021

Event Buyers Live is organised by Standout magazine and what a success is was this year with over a hundred companies showing off their wares to several hundred delegates, all of whom had pre-arranged appointments to do their negotiating and buying for the 2022 season. EBL runs across three days and was opened on Monday 6th with a keynote speech from Shaun Wallace who may be known to many as on...

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Green Code Of Conduct Consultation Launched

Green Code Of Conduct Consultation Launched

10th December 2021

Developed by music trade bodies and organisations, the code is designed to set clear environmental standards for UK outdoor events Sustainability initiative Vision:2025 has launched a consultation for a music industry Green Code of Conduct to provide clear, minimum, environmental standards for all UK outdoor events. The code has been developed by trade bodies including AIF, AFO, NOEA and...

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Private Investment in Culture Survey 2021

Private Investment in Culture Survey 2021

8th December 2021

Arts Council England has launched the latest version of the Private Investment in Culture Survey, and would like to invite you to take part. The survey covers the last three financial years, and is a key source of information on the role that corporate partnerships, individual giving and grants from trusts and foundations play in supporting the cultural sector.  By taking part you will...

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Tourism Alliance Coronavirus Update – 6 December

Tourism Alliance Coronavirus Update – 6 December

7th December 2021

Tourism Alliance Coronavirus Update – 6 December (2) Use the NHS COVID Pass at domestic venues and settings in England Some events and venues may ask you to show your NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry. Use of the NHS COVID Pass is voluntary for individual organisations in England. However, the government encourages the use of the NHS COVID Pass in facilities or events whe...

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Register now to take part in National Lottery Open Week 2022

Register now to take part in National Lottery Open Week 2022

3rd December 2021

National Lottery Open Week 2022* is a wonderful opportunity for all those that have benefited from National Lottery funding to say a massive thanks to National Lottery players with a special offer for ticket holders. And now is your chance to register to be part of this big celebration! Each week, National Lottery players raise £30 million for good causes.  That means the Arts...

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Government Publishes Final Events Research Programme Reports

Government Publishes Final Events Research Programme Reports

27th November 2021

Events Research Programme Instrumental in Fast-Tracking the Reopening of Live Events Sector Over two million people across 31 events contributed to an unprecedented body of research on reducing Covid transmission risk. Findings have informed UK government COVID policy on the reopening of the live events sector. The Government has today published its final reports from the world-leadin...

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General Secretary Writes - November 2021

General Secretary Writes - November 2021

23rd November 2021

Will we ever be the same again?  Covid, BREXIT, Insurance, it seems that the same subjects keep popping up over and over again.  However there has been some movement since I last wrote at the end of October, and I will come to my diary in a moment. Event Wi-Fi Wi-Fi and communications are something we have to think about when we are busily setting up our sites.  Only a few ye...

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Hotel Planner

Hotel Planner

19th November 2021

The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) wants to welcome our newest associate to our group - HotelPlanner.com. HotelPlanner is a leading travel technology company that provides individual, group and corporate travel bookings, specialising in unique “Closed User Group” discount rates. Thousands of event organisers use Hotelplanner to provide their attendees with easy to book...

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Applications for the 2021 Parklife Community Fund open now and close Friday 28 January 2022

Applications for the 2021 Parklife Community Fund open now and close Friday 28 January 2022

18th November 2021

The Community Fund, run by Parklife, in cooperation with Manchester, Bury and Rochdale councils, is the result of the festival’s approach to partnership working with the three local authorities. The fund is designed for the benefit of community groups and priority is given to groups and projects that benefit parks and open spaces and young people. Funds are generated from...

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Covid-19 Mitigations – Industry Best Practice

Covid-19 Mitigations – Industry Best Practice

6th November 2021

Covid-19 Mitigations – Industry Best Practice The Covid-19 pandemic forced an unprecedented shutdown on the live music industry that latest for over a year. Throughout this time, LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) have worked relentlessly with the Government and their scientific advisors to create guidance for reopening that will create the lowest risk of Covid-19 trans...

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Birmingham 2022 Seeking 100 New Recruits for Operations Team

Birmingham 2022 Seeking 100 New Recruits for Operations Team

5th November 2021

Birmingham 2022 Seeking 100 New Recruits for Operations Team The team delivering the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is set to expand further over the next few months, with the organisation currently seeking applicants for more than 100 new roles in the operations division. Current vacancies include operations managers where candidates with previous experience in v...

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Live Events Reinsurance FAQs

Live Events Reinsurance FAQs

5th November 2021

Some months ago the government introduced an Insurance scheme that would in theory cover the festival industry in a pandemic. It came after almost a year of lobbying and negotiation. The end result as we have previously stated is far from the needed plan. In some areas has been referred to as "not fit for purpose." To help you make up your own mind and hopefully to inform you DCMS ...

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National Lottery Project Grants is Changing

National Lottery Project Grants is Changing

3rd November 2021

About the fund National Lottery Project Grants provides funding to individuals and organisations for time-limited arts, library and museums projects. They have refreshed the fund to help deliver their new strategy, Let’s Create. Made possible thanks to income from National Lottery players, the fund will continue to support individual artists, community and cultural organisations ac...

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Youtube Music Joins LIVE As A Founding Member, Supporting The UK’s Live Music Industry’s Recovery

Youtube Music Joins LIVE As A Founding Member, Supporting The UK’s Live Music Industry’s Recovery

1st November 2021

LIVE is trade body for the UK’s live music industry and the voice of over 4,000 artists and 2,000 backstage workers across the £4.6 billion industry As a founding member YouTube Music demonstrates their support to the live music industry and will provide both funding and bespoke training to support the post pandemic recovery YouTube Music and Google will launch RE:Boot Live ...

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Government Report Finds Event Vaccine Passports Would Have Minimal Benefit But Significant Cost

Government Report Finds Event Vaccine Passports Would Have Minimal Benefit But Significant Cost

1st November 2021

The Cabinet Office’s Covid-19 task force has reportedly published analysis that suggests the implementation of vaccine passports at mass events would reduce overall community transmission by between just 1% and 5%. The report found that the introduction of the scheme at mass events, for the proposed five-month “Plan B” period until March 2022, would have such a minimal imp...

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