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It’s Not Just the Small Festivals

It’s Not Just the Small Festivals

16th January 2020

You may think sometimes when your local authorities start asking you for special arrangements etc. that you are being picked on, but it is not just you.  Mendip District Council responsible for licensing Glastonbury Festival have congratulated the festival organisers in looking after their customers and their staff extremely well.  However, the Scrutiny Board met on January 9th and has p...

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Underneath the Stars Festival wins an Award!

Underneath the Stars Festival wins an Award!

13th January 2020

      Belated congratulations to directors, staff and all who helped make it happen – Underneath the Stars Festival received the Small Festival of the Year Award from NOEA, and in recognition of their good work they also received the Judges Special Award. The awards took place at the NOEA AGM and Conference in Bath, back in November. Alistair Turner, Chair of th...

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UK Festival Awards 2019 Winners

UK Festival Awards 2019 Winners

13th January 2020

                Download Festival Major Festival Woo Fest Best Small Festival Festival of the Sky Best New Festival Camp Bestival Best Family Festival Sziget Festival Best Overseas Festival Bluedot Festival Medium-Sized Festival Tramlines Festival Metropolitan Festival Jenny Hamada The Women in Festivals Award ...

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General Secretary Writes - What's been going on?

General Secretary Writes - What's been going on?

10th December 2019

It was a busy summer ending roughly around the Bank Holiday weekend for the AFO office. Early September became a clean and tidy up period with some office equipment and furniture moving to a new space. By mid-September we were well into planning the AFO Conference for Stratford Manor mid-November and thinking about AFO plans for 2020 and 2021. 26 September Travelled to Shipley in West York...

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Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

20th November 2019

After a little bit of research we have somewhere for you to send all those unwanted lanyards.  How brilliant is THAT?! The Recycle Yard is not for profit and recycles waste from individuals and businesses (mostly in Wakefield and the surrounding areas) that can be reused for arts, crafts and play. We’ve been in touch and they are more than happy to take packages from you, wherever...

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Can you help Cleckheaton Folk Festival

Can you help Cleckheaton Folk Festival

2nd November 2019

Dear All Could you help me out with gaining funding for our project? I need to try and get 10 more backers over the next week so that the Council will consider pledging to my campaign. Please remember:  you can pledge as little as £2 if we don't hit our target no money is taken from your account  Myself and my committee are trying to get this project...

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British Red Cross to stop providing first aid at events due to cost cutting

British Red Cross to stop providing first aid at events due to cost cutting

25th October 2019

  The British Red Cross is to stop providing first aid at events as part of a cost-cutting drive, the charity has announced. In a break from decades of tradition, the charity said it will pull out of attending events to focus on directing funds to other parts of its operations such as crisis support. Check here for the full article https://www.scotsman.com/health/british-red-cross...

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European Festival Report

European Festival Report

25th October 2019

EUROPEAN FESTIVAL REPORT   ...

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Playpass Monthly News Letter

Playpass Monthly News Letter

2nd October 2019

 Welcome to the PlayPass monthly newsletter   Keeping you up to speed on our ever-evolving technology and all the clever things...

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Festival Supplier Awards

Festival Supplier Awards

2nd October 2019

30TH JANUARY 2020 ...

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Event Industry Green Survey Launched

Event Industry Green Survey Launched

2nd October 2019

EVENT INDUSTRY GREEN SURVEY LAUNCHED    The 5th annual Event Industry Green Survey is now live, launched by Powerful Thinking, the not-for-profit think-tank for event sustainability.    The survey results will contribute to the 2nd edition of The Show Must Go On report, to be published early 2020, after the success of Powerful Thinking’s Festival Vis...

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UK Festival Awards

UK Festival Awards

1st October 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 11PM on OCTOBER 4TH     With so many applications still coming in, the UK Festival Awards has extended the deadline for entries until 11pm on October 4th. This really is the last opportunity for you to nominate your festival(s) for these prestigious, internationally recognised accolades in 2019. For real this time.   ...

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WI-FI  - Just before the festival….

WI-FI - Just before the festival….

13th August 2019

“I have been on the site and 3G and 4G are very strong”.  Then of course the festival or event starts. 5000 people are queuing up and the networks will be handling anything over 2000 mobiles in one go. The Box Office will be scanning QR codes Cashless systems will be selling goods Children will be streaming videos whilst they wait And finally, your customers will be...

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Timber Festival, 5 - 7 July at Feanedock in the National Forest

Timber Festival, 5 - 7 July at Feanedock in the National Forest

13th August 2019

The Best New Festival in the UK returned to the National Forest for the second time at the weekend in an unforgettable celebration of nature and world-class performance. Timber Festival, organised by the National Forest Company and award-winning outdoor event producers Wild Rumpus, took place in the beautiful 70acre woodland at Feanedock with an audience of 5000 excited festival goers a...

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‘If they are not professionals, they shouldn't be doing it'

‘If they are not professionals, they shouldn't be doing it'

13th August 2019

At one of the earliest Events Industry Forum meetings our good friend Mick Upton RIP made a similar statement along the lines of ‘If they are not spending their whole time organising and planning events, then they really should stick to their day jobs’.  There was an interesting debate around the room, but it was concluded in the end that most festivals and events in the UK a...

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Searson Band

Searson Band

13th August 2019

A wonderful band from Canada in Ireland and the UK in early November and will also appear in the Showcase at AFO Conference on Saturday 9 November. They are available for gigs on and around that date and highly recommended. For details contact [email protected] (Erin Searson)....

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Ruskin College - Oxford

Ruskin College - Oxford

31st July 2019

Residential Courses Event Management with Oxford LiederLevel: Residential | Duration: 3 days | Next course: 17th - 19th September 2019 Join Oxford Lieder in residence at Ruskin to build your experience and skills in event management and get an opportunity to run your own event, on this residential course. What is it about? Oxford Lieder runs...

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The Show Will Go On

The Show Will Go On

25th July 2019

Festival Vision:2025 exceeds funding target, securing the publication of a new Show Must Go On report, signalling the UK festival and event industry’s ambition to tackle environmental impacts.  The Festival Vision:2025 crowdfunding campaign, launched by not-for-profit Powerful Thinking, has raised over 28k to fund a campaign to provide leadership around climate breakdown through the ...

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One month to go until Just So Festival celebrates its 10th birthday

One month to go until Just So Festival celebrates its 10th birthday

25th July 2019

Just So Festival, 16/17/18 August 2019, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire Festival directors share top ten things to enjoy this year Organisers expecting a sell-out With just one month to go until Just So Festival celebrates its 10th birthday, festival directors Rowan Hoban and Sarah Bird share their top ten unmissable things in the line-up. From foot-stomping music to the Tribal Tournament,...

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Welcome to our partners - WOMEX - THE WORLD MUSIC EXPO

Welcome to our partners - WOMEX - THE WORLD MUSIC EXPO

25th July 2019

WOMEX 19 – Tampere, Finland, 23–27 October 2019 "WOMEX is the most important international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, with 7 stages, 60 music showcases, 700 + exhibiting companies, more than 92 countries, 2,700 professionals, 100 speakers and mentors, 16 films, an opening concert and award ceremony, across five packed networ...

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