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Repurposing festival resources to feed the UK

Repurposing festival resources to feed the UK

16th April 2020

Currently the UK is short of around 90,000 people to pick the crops that are growing ripe across the country. Agricultural migrant workers who usually fill these positions are unable to leave their countries due to suspended flights or full lock-down. Asparagus tomatoes, strawberries, and lettuce are few among the many fruits and veg growing ripe from now through to May—they will rot and the...

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Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, forms his first Shadow Cabinet...

Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, forms his first Shadow Cabinet...

16th April 2020

... and promotes APPG on Music and DCMS Select Member Jo Stevens MP to the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Write to Jo Stevens with any thoughts you may have, especially during COVID-19. [email protected]

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COVID-19 leaves UK event industry suppliers on knife edge

COVID-19 leaves UK event industry suppliers on knife edge

16th April 2020

Read the full article HERE...

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Family Arts Campaign celebrate last year’s events for families. Time to apply!

Family Arts Campaign celebrate last year’s events for families. Time to apply!

6th April 2020

Despite our current situation, we felt that it was more important than ever to celebrate the excellent organisations who delivered events for families over the previous year. Do you put on fantastic festival events for families last year? Are you inclusive and welcoming to all ages? Or perhaps you've been delivering new projects for your older visitors? Then it's time to enter the Fanta...

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Folks At Home

Folks At Home

30th March 2020

Imagine in these troubled times a folk festival that comes safely to you on screen and you have Folks At Home, an on-line event comprising of filmed performances, workshops, interviews and even market stalls just like any other festival. Enjoy the festival at home, watch as many times as you choose, as if it were your very own festival.? Tickets are just £25  (just £1 for ea...

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From Glastonbury to Ibiza

From Glastonbury to Ibiza

20th March 2020

The good news is Michael and Emily Eavis, in true Glastonbury fashion, are doing the decent thing and offering first shout for 2021 tickets to the 135000 peeps who paid the £50 deposit for this year’s ticket.  Or if they need the cash, they can have their £50 back; bet there aren’t many of those. So, the BIG one is gone and there have been many others.  No doub...

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Sustainability Workshops - 25 & 26 April 2020

Sustainability Workshops - 25 & 26 April 2020

9th March 2020

Scientists believe it will soon be too late to take serious action on reversing the pollution of our own planet.  Some even say it is already too late.  We in the events industry have been leading the way for many years in what became known as sustainability.  We recycle, we use less power, we consider our environment, there is so much more we could do. Find out more about t...

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Major guidance on markets

Major guidance on markets

28th February 2020

The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) and The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) have put together ‘Market Matters’ - a guidance document for festival organisers looking to set up markets at their festivals.  The guidance includes assessing the value, how to plan the location, operations and services, responsibilities, fees (an important one), recruitment and promoti...

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Exploring the environmental footprint of festival food

Exploring the environmental footprint of festival food

28th February 2020

Chris Johnson, chair of Powerful Thinking, recently joined an industry panel at ADE Green, to explore the environmental footprint of festival food.  In his monthly Green Column, Chris shares a few ideas from our European friends… READ MORE  ...

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When the Queen dies!

When the Queen dies!

28th February 2020

It happens to all of us eventually and HM and HMGOV jointly recognise this.  Because she is very famous world wide, some planning needs to put in place. How will all this affect the events industry?  Read on....

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GEI announces industry partnership with Stand Out Magazine

GEI announces industry partnership with Stand Out Magazine

28th February 2020

The Green Events and Innovations conference (GEI) and Stand Out Magazine have formed an industry partnership that will engage event and festival professionals ahead of GEI 2020. Read the full article here...

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POST BREXIT – does this affect you, or can you assist?

POST BREXIT – does this affect you, or can you assist?

28th February 2020

BREXIT now it’s upon us - Musicians’ Union Information gathering exercise In order to be able to properly inform Government about the issues surrounding the potential difficulties UK musicians will face when entering Europe to perform post January 2021, the Musicians’ Union and UK Music are seeking information and evidence from those Tour Bookers, Agents, Promoters and Manager...

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Government proposes duty to protect public spaces from terror

Government proposes duty to protect public spaces from terror

28th February 2020

Security Minister James Brokenshire today (Monday 24 February 2020) announced plans to introduce a law which will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack. Delivering on the manifesto commitment to improve the safety and security of public venues and spaces, the new ‘Protect Duty’ will reflect l...

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Are You A Creative Industry

Are You A Creative Industry

26th February 2020

Did you know that the creative industries contribute almost £13M to the UK economy every year?   Just recently there has been lots of research, lots of statistics, they don’t all match, but they are all very positive and I think it is safe to say that the festival and events industry is part of creative industries. Government UK Newsletter recently published that the ne...

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Security Industry Authority (SIA) Update

Security Industry Authority (SIA) Update

5th February 2020

See here for all news https://mailchi.mp/24d98556e4e9/sia-update-october-65535?e=c4df788c9f...

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Powering up the Site

Powering up the Site

21st January 2020

HVO / BIOFUEL / RED DIESEL / WIND / SOLAR / BATTERIES & RENEWABLES Yes, we are talking powering up the stages.  For those of you out there who use generators I am constantly talking, on your behalf, with Tim Benson from Smart Power who very kindly constantly advises us on things we don’t understand and new innovation. For instance, HVO means hydro-treated vegetable oil i.e. it...

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Festival and Events Survey - RMS

Festival and Events Survey - RMS

16th January 2020

RMS are conducting some research among festival/event organisers in order to produce some interesting/quirky insights about running an event (the highs, the lows, the pain points, etc). They have created a simple questionnaire https://rms-digital.co.uk/festival-and-events-survey There's a Prize Draw offering £5,000 of marketing support which will be drawn on 28 February....

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General Secretary Writes - Happy New Year - Welcome to 2020

General Secretary Writes - Happy New Year - Welcome to 2020

16th January 2020

Welcome to 2020 and a Happy New Year to you all. Good luck with planning for the coming season.  We may well not have got rid of winter just yet but in our minds are the warmer summer days of festivals. AFO website Use the AFO website as much as you like but then a little bit more, because AFO is not high enough up the rankings so if you were to enter through Google or Bing you...

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DCRS Radio Offer

DCRS Radio Offer

16th January 2020

Our very supportive colleagues at DCRS are offering this... Use them - reliable, excellent value for money and that extra bit of care.  ...

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And you thought BREXIT was over

And you thought BREXIT was over

16th January 2020

Whichever way you voted in the BREXIT fun and games, it will soon come home to roost.  January 31 and then the next twelve months of haggling and wrangling.  We know from previous correspondence and articles in the press that musicians are getting very worried about how their right to roam around Europe looking for work will certainly change. We did wonder whether not being in the Eur...

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