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AFO General Secretary Writes – April 2022

AFO General Secretary Writes – April 2022

28th April 2022

Hello members and all My last General Secretary Writes took us up to about 18 March.  I will pick up later with what has been going on since then. For now, here are a few news items. Red Diesel.  We have talked about this quite a lot in recent months, but just as a reminder as we get started on the 2022 season, red diesel is no longer allowed in your generators, for those of you who u...

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LIVE Green: Making Sustainability A Contractual Requirement

LIVE Green: Making Sustainability A Contractual Requirement

27th April 2022

Aims and Objectives: To include sustainability in the contract between the agent and the promotor to create a level playing field & drive change Apply lessons learnt from HSE rollout in UK & North America Define what sustainability means & how is it applied Venues must have or set commitment date to move to renewable energy, have shore power and distribution for buses and truck...

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Isla Launches TRACE, A Carbon Measurement Platform For Sustainable Events

Isla Launches TRACE, A Carbon Measurement Platform For Sustainable Events

26th April 2022

isla has launched TRACE, a purpose-built carbon measurement platform dedicated to the event industry. Developed to give insight into the environmental impact of event operations, TRACE captures and reports emission and waste data from live, hybrid and digital events. The TRACE platform is designed for event agencies, exhibition organisers, brands and in-house teams. The mission behind TRAC...

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Earth Day

Earth Day

22nd April 2022

TODAY IS EARTH DAY So what will you do TODAY to help get this ball back on track?? Will you join a demonstration, will you recycle your cardboard box or anything in between? Will you walk to the shop rather than drive your car, will you get your bike out of the shed, will only boil the water you need? Will you turn off the heating (it’s spring!), will you stop printing emails you don&rs...

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

21st April 2022

Some time ago member, Rebecca (Fluff) Stewart, Cambridge Folk Festival, stepped forward to lead an AFO EDI Group. However, at the same time Live Music was also forming its own EDI Group and it was generally decided that we should combine our efforts.  Fluff has now attended a few LIVE EDI Group meetings and reports that the meetings are not always most productive but certainly raise the pr...

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Green Events and Innovations Conference 2022

Green Events and Innovations Conference 2022

14th April 2022

With the 14th edition of the Green Events & Innovations conference (GEI) just two seemingly short weeks away, GEI have revealed… the complete GEI agenda for what promises to be an unforgettable day in the familiar surroundings of the Royal Garden Hotel, London, on Friday 29th April.  The seriously jam-packed agenda will see the hottest greenest topics in the ...

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The Association of Festivals Organisers (AFO) and  Bakers Basco urge event organisers and event caterers to be in tune to environmental impact of equipment left behind after festivals

The Association of Festivals Organisers (AFO) and Bakers Basco urge event organisers and event caterers to be in tune to environmental impact of equipment left behind after festivals

7th April 2022

London, UK-  April 7, 2022 – Bakers Basco, the membership scheme set up by Allied Bakeries, Fine Lady Bakeries, Frank Roberts & Sons, Hovis and Warburtons to provide and manage an industry-wide bakery equipment solution and the AFO are calling out to the events industry and caterers to raise awareness of misplaced bakery equipment that often ends up left behind on sites at the end...

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Just Ask Campaign Launched to Support Promoters in Welcoming Disabled Artists

Just Ask Campaign Launched to Support Promoters in Welcoming Disabled Artists

7th April 2022

In January, Attitude Is Everything joined together with Independent Venue Week (IVW) to launch new guidance as well as a training programme aimed at helping live promoters to increase accessibility and to enable Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent talent to thrive on the live circuit. The Just Ask Campaign seeks to ensure that all artists and crew members are given t...

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RESEARCH

RESEARCH

5th April 2022

There is always plenty of research going on and I know it can be tedious completing surveys and questionnaires. However the information gathered from these is very valuable indeed.  It is the way government make decisions both local and national and they base it on facts, figures and information. So, the recent Eventbrite Trends Report of 2022 made for a very interesting read.  I agre...

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Salisbury City Hall – Looking to the Future

Salisbury City Hall – Looking to the Future

5th April 2022

Wiltshire Council is running a soft market test exercise (SMT), to explore future options to remobilise the City Hall entertainment venue in Salisbury. This process will help inform how Wiltshire Council will progress future options for the venue. The aim of the SMT is to: Gather information to support the council’s decision-making process in any next steps and will only be used for re...

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Help Musicians Fund

Help Musicians Fund

1st April 2022

Help Musicians has launched a £250,000 fund. If you are or know of professional musicians wanting help with getting their touring career back up and running, then contact HELP MUSICIANS now!...

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LIVE Events Reinsurance Scheme

LIVE Events Reinsurance Scheme

29th March 2022

Readers will remember that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced a government organised reinsurance scheme linked to the pandemic. DCMS have now conducted a Spring Review and made some minor changes to the systems and procedures. If anyone is interested this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/live-events-reinsurance-scheme   Should there ever b...

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COVID and Other News

COVID and Other News

28th March 2022

COVID News: At a recent Festival Working Group with DCMS Tom Rodden, Science Advisor to DCMS, reported: “The ONS Survey recently informed us that 1 in 20 people currently have Covid.  However, most are working along the lines that it is a little bit like flu and having been vaccinated are not needing to attend hospital. Although it is noted in NHS that the number of people attending...

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RED DIESEL - No longer allowed! 

RED DIESEL - No longer allowed! 

28th March 2022

In this weeks’ budget the Chancellor had the opportunity to make a difference for our outdoor events industry. 5p off the fuel tax (yet to be confirmed that it will apply to white diesel and biofuels) does not make enough difference to really help us. So, whilst we recognise that the government announced this banning of red diesel for festival sites two years ago it didn’t actually ...

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Crowds and Events Safety Lead

Crowds and Events Safety Lead

28th March 2022

Events Safety Lead (208445) The Hawkhills, Easingwold, York YO61 3EG Salary £50,000 per annum plus benefits. Full time - Monday - Friday 38 hours per week (Flexible/ part time and remote working will be considered) Are you an events industry professional or emergency planner with a track record in organising the safety and security of sporting and other major events? Would you be intere...

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Spring Budget: AFO response

Spring Budget: AFO response

23rd March 2022

As a quick response on behalf of Festivals I offer the following: I was not able to hear all of the chancellors statement, but as always they announce what they see as headline grabbing detail and good news and bury the actual detail in the small print. So, from an AFO point of view and not a personal one, it appears we were unsuccessful in achieving VAT at 5% on ticket sales. So one must assu...

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AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 21 March 2022

AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 21 March 2022

21st March 2022

AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 21 March 2022                                     In my last GSW on 14 February I was flagging up the fact that Conference having been online was now available on the website...

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Event Production Show

Event Production Show

10th March 2022

AFO General Secretary, Steve Heap attended the Event Production Show on both days this week. Here are his thoughts from the event… "The panels were very informative and although I was not there to buy or hire, those that were needed to move quick. There was a theme there that said the events industry is in for a busy season and there is a shortage of stock and staff. So, even though the...

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Vision2025 Newsletter

Vision2025 Newsletter

7th March 2022

February Vision: 2025 News Bulletin This month, as well as our regular features, we spotlight resources to support event organisers in tackling the environmental impacts of serving food and drink, with a blog on salvaging food waste and inspiration on cutting single use plastic cups. Read on for...  Green Leader Q&A with Nathan Jackson, Head of Production at Walk The Plank Gues...

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LIVE Newsletter

LIVE Newsletter

7th March 2022

End Of Covid-19 Restrictions In England On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the final easing of legal Covid-19 restrictions in England. The move signals the end of legally enforceable Covid-19 measures after nearly two years, and marks the last significant easing of restrictions since Plan B measures were abolished last month. There has been some conflict between HM Trea...

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