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Julie's Bicycle: Climate Heritage Network announces 2022-24 steering committee

Julie's Bicycle: Climate Heritage Network announces 2022-24 steering committee

4th March 2022

The Climate Heritage Network was launched in 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland UK by organisations committed to unlocking the immense power of arts, culture and heritage to drive just and transformative climate action. The Steering Committee is the governing body of the CHN, with responsibility for determining and overseeing the Network’s strategic direction. The new CHN Steering Comm...

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Derby Folk Festival is back for 2022

Derby Folk Festival is back for 2022

2nd March 2022

Derby Folk Festival is back this autumn bringing amazing acts and a great atmosphere right into the heart of the city. Produced by Derby LIVE and in association with Bob on Arts this year’s festival will run over three days from Fri 30 Sep to Sun 2 Oct. After the sell-out success of last year’s festival, which saw visitors travel from around the UK and Ireland to attend the 15th Der...

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Applications now open for the 2023-26 Investment Programme

Applications now open for the 2023-26 Investment Programme

1st March 2022

Following the publication of the Addendum to the Guidance for Applicants for the Arts Council England National Lottery Fund 2023-26 Investment Programme, the application portal is now open until 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 18 May 2022. This means that, if you’re planning to apply, you can now submit your application when you are ready. Making your application You can find everyt...

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Steve Heap receives Industry Legend Award

Steve Heap receives Industry Legend Award

19th February 2022

Steve Heap, General Secretary of The Association of Festival Organisers, has received the Industry Legend Award at the 2022 Event Production Awards. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 17 February at Novotel London West, with Andy Lenthall, CEO Festival Insights Ltd, presenting the Industry Legend Award to a surprised Steve Heap on the night.Launched in 2012, the Event Production Awards a...

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Opportunity at Pontins

Opportunity at Pontins

18th February 2022

The Pontins Team are looking for exciting new events to come to their parks and benefit everything they have to offer. There are many benefits to hosting an event at one of their parks the main one being that everything is under one roof from the accommodation to the stages. It's all included in the one package! They are currently looking for event organisers who would perhaps be interested in...

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Steve Heap Reflects On 2021 and Instils Confidence For 2022

Steve Heap Reflects On 2021 and Instils Confidence For 2022

14th February 2022

For the last two years The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), just like the rest of the industry, has been suffering blow after blow. Should we operate, should we not? Will we be able to get the stocks? Will the government give us some insurance cover? Has the supply chain collapsed? Can the Arts Council help with funding? These and many other questions have crossed my desk on several occ...

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AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 14 February 2022

AFO General Secretary Writes – Monday 14 February 2022

14th February 2022

It is over a month since my last General Secretary Writes.  There has been turmoil in No.10.  Some collective congratulations for a Conference and, sadly, the loss of some lovely people. First a bit of general news.  Market Times is the trade magazine for the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF).  They are always interested to hear how market trading at your festivals an...

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

11th February 2022

Major Events Manager - Conwy Council Job title: Major Events Manager Job reference: REQ004406 Date posted: 02/02/2022 Application closing date: 28/02/2022 Location: Various Salary: G08 £33,782 - £36,922 per annum Package: 37 hours per week, permanent Job category/type: Corporate Job description: Service: Economy & Culture Section: Events Management Ability to Communic...

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The Green Events & Innovations Conference GEI 14

The Green Events & Innovations Conference GEI 14

11th February 2022

A Greener Festival have just announced that registration for the 14th Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI 14) - is now open! Hot on the heels of a very successful Summer Edition but with some significant and exciting new changes. The Conference will take place on 29th April 2022 GEI is a partnership with not-for-profit sustainability specialists AGF and the International Live Music C...

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A CUT IN VAT would make so much difference to the festival and events industry, and actually develop more revenue for the treasury.

A CUT IN VAT would make so much difference to the festival and events industry, and actually develop more revenue for the treasury.

9th February 2022

Hospitality and tourism bodies state permanent VAT reduction benefits are ‘undeniable’, publishing a study that states cut will save the Government £4.6bn and create over quarter of a million jobs over the next decade. The British Beer and Pub Association, UKHospitality, the Tourism Alliance and the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions have today published a study which ...

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At Last Events Are Returning... DCRS

At Last Events Are Returning... DCRS

7th February 2022

How can DCRS help? If you are planning any events however large or small, they will try and offer our radio communication systems within your budget and we will offer competitive pricing to meet your needs. So why hire from them? Motorola Digital hand portables, mobiles and repeaters UK Nationwide coverage digital radio systems Full range of audio accessories to compliment o...

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Crouch End Festival Website Enquiry

Crouch End Festival Website Enquiry

7th February 2022

Every year they run a community arts festival over about a week. They have up to 200 performers, 60 venues and lots going on. Mostly free too. They are looking at building a new website and would like any thoughts and suggestions from the AFO community. Their challenges are: •  easy to maintain and update. cheap to run and maintain •  ability for up to 200 performers to lo...

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Ecolibrium Balances Six Million Miles of Live Event Travel Carbon Emissions in 2021

Ecolibrium Balances Six Million Miles of Live Event Travel Carbon Emissions in 2021

7th February 2022

Donations from over 35 members, including EMI Records, Universal Music UK, Wilderness Festival and All Points East, will balance the equivalent of over six million miles of travel carbon emissions, funding six projects taking action on the climate crisis; from community-owned renewable energy and gardening projects in London, to protecting threatened rainforests and ecosystems that seq...

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TIER and other Updates

TIER and other Updates

2nd February 2022

DCMS CSR Settlement There are indications that DCMS’s internal allocation of the funds they have been allocated by Treasury through the Comprehensive Spending Review progress has ended by announcement of new funding for projects by the Department over the last couple of days. These include: The £560m National Youth Guarantee scheme announced today which comprises: A Youth Invest...

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Norma has left the Folk club

Norma has left the Folk club

1st February 2022

It is with great sadness that we join others in telling the world of the passing of the great NORMA WATERSON (Sunday 30th January 2022).In the 1960’s with her brother, sister and cousin she sang around the world.  She took English and especially Yorkshire songs out to adoring audiences at clubs, festivals, on record and on film.  She was kind, caring and very generous with the musi...

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Festival Supplier Awards 2022 Winners

Festival Supplier Awards 2022 Winners

1st February 2022

Best Power - Sponsored by John F Hunt Power Power Logistics   Best Fencing / Hoarding Entertee Hire Limited   Best Concession / Bar Peppermint Bars and Events   Best Festival Technology Provider Power Logistics ...

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Vision2025: Latest News

Vision2025: Latest News

31st January 2022

Sustainability Panels at Event Production Show 2022 Vision: 2025 and Powerful Thinking have partnered with Access All Areas to deliver two sustainability-focused panels at the Event Production Show, 8th March, at... Read More.   Green Leader Q&A #19: Helen Harland, Event Manager at Manchester City Council Helen Harland has worked as an Event Manager at Manchester City Council for 10...

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The results of the PLASA and #WeMakeEvents survey are now available to view

The results of the PLASA and #WeMakeEvents survey are now available to view

29th January 2022

This survey was carried out to collect data on how Live Events companies and professionals continue to be impacted by Covid-19. A sum total of 1,948 respondents from over 40 countries completed the survey between 1 November and 21 December 2021. They have thanked everyone who took the time to complete this survey, as well as their international partners who shared the survey in Spanish, Italian...

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The Online Shows Continue... Big Burns Supper

The Online Shows Continue... Big Burns Supper

20th January 2022

Check out their online events!  As well as their free, online Burns Night event - Eddi Reader's Big Burns Supper - they have four other free, online events running between now and Saturday 29th January! Tonight, at 6pm, Coinneach MacLeod – also known as the Hebridean Baker – will be taking over their Facebook page for an evening of honing in on your cooking skills. Focussi...

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Event Production Show

Event Production Show

18th January 2022

Head down to the Event Production Show on the 8-9th March at London ExCel and experience a showcase of the latest products and services, including staging, AV, equipment hire, event technology, temporary structures, security and much more. Network, explore and discover more in two days than you can in months of research and calls, with your free pass giving you access to: Over 50 hours of co...

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