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Northern Festivals Network Awarded Arts Council Funding

Northern Festivals Network Awarded Arts Council Funding

The Northern Festivals Network has been awarded £179, 500 in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund to deliver spellbinding arts programming for family audiences and build a resilient sector with increased collaboration between artists, venues and festivals until 2018. The Northern Festivals Network is led by Wild Rumpus, award-winning producers of the Just So Festival and…

A Greener Festival Awards 2016

A Greener Festival Awards 2016

The Greener Festival awards are back in 2016 after having a break in 2015 to restructure. The awards have been running for 10 years and were created to raise awareness about the environmental impact of festivals. There are 2 main new elements to the awards: 1. The self assessment takes organisers through the process of creating an environmental impact assessment…

Event Magazine's Festival Sponsorship Trends Report

Event Magazine’s Festival Sponsorship Trends Report

Event Magazine recently published a report on research they conducted regarding sponsorship activations onsite at festivals in 2015. After looking at 15 different UK festivals they found that size and attendance of the event didn’t correlate with how many activations were taking place onsite and ‘experiential’ activities were dominated by alcohol brands. Twenty-six per cent of the 74 brands activating…

Kambe Events Workshops

Kambe Events Workshops

Kambe Events has two upcoming workshops relevant for festival organisers, managers and policy makers- GETTING IT RIGHT: SUSTAINABLE FOOD AT FESTIVALS & EVENTS – Thursday 10th March – Birmingham – Fully understand the practicalities and benefits of sustainable approaches to waste and energy, with real-life case studies and tips for reducing costs – Develop more confidence about certifications and food…

SGP & EOTR Applications Now Open

SGP & EOTR Applications Now Open

End of The Road Applications: Unsigned Band applications: bit.ly/1OfdMFw Deadline 9 February 2016 Non-food Trading applications: bit.ly/1mVNXn0 Stewarding applications: bit.ly/1Q4yooI Outdoor Art Installation applications: bit.ly/1P1x2td Deadline 2 MAY 2016 Secret Garden Party Applications: PARTYcipation – Theme Camps Stages / Venues http://goo.gl/forms/jTlMXGbp0N Deadline 31st January midday. pARTicipation – Art Applications – http://goo.gl/forms/y8nulzVtdF Deadline 31st January midday. ETC – Experiential Theatre Characters…

CDM guidance

CDM guidance

HSE have now published online sector specific guidance about the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) and its application to the entertainment industry. You can find it here–http://www.hse.gov.uk/entertainment/cdm-2015/index.htm There is also a ‘CDM Ready’ guide put together by Star Events available here- http://www.stareventsltd.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Star-Events-CDM-in-Events-Guidance-April-15-v1.pdf

The Show Must Go On Report and Festival Vision:2025

The Show Must Go On Report and Festival Vision:2025

Last week UK festival industry group Powerful Thinking launched an incisive environmental impact report, ‘The Show Must Go On’, detailing a cross-industry response to the global environmental challenge, with a vision for change. The Show Must Go On was introduced at the ‘Sustainable Strategies’ panel at the UK Festival Conference in London’s Roundhouse, which focused on how festivals can minimise…

UK Festival Awards - Winners Announced

UK Festival Awards – Winners Announced

Congratulations to all of the winners of last week’s UK Festival Awards and special congrats to AIF members – Bestival, Kendal Calling, Y-Not and Isle Of Wight Festival for all taking home an award on the night. Here’s the full list of winners: Best Use of New Technology WINNER: GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL FOR ARCADIA SPECTACULAR The Extra-Festival Activity Award WINNER: THE…

Festival Congress Wrap Up and Thank You's

Festival Congress Wrap Up and Thank You’s

The second annual Festival Congress returned to Cardiff again earlier this month and was also sold out again! We had a wonderful two days of conference panels, presentations, workshops and quick-fire talks along with a fun evening at the Festival Congress awards in the middle. We also launched two campaigns with The MU – ‘The Fair Play For Festivals‘ emerging…

Festival Congress Award Winners Announced

Festival Congress Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2015 Festival Congress Awards announced The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the winners of the 2015 Festival Congress Awards at a ceremony in Cardiff. The Festival Congress Awards celebrate the diverse and creative community that makes the festival landscape what it is. Hosted by Ben Challis (General Counsel to Glastonbury Festival)the ceremony took place on…

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