Diversity is the future of farming. More and more farms are looking at branching out into more than one area to establish multiple streams of income which will allow business to remain resilient in times where subsidies are falling and trade deals with the EU are up in the air. A recent study by Farm Business Innovation revealed that out of almost 300 farmers and rural business owners polled, over 74% are more likely to diversify their land in response to Brexit, and this number is only going to grow as the realities of the current economic climate sink in.
Please see below links to updated advice from the Home Office which may be of interest.
This course, the first of its kind when it started in 2008, has helped professionalise and validate industry professionals in Event Safety Management. It has been developed by industry for industry, and is now delivered in partnership with the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA). It offers a comprehensive overview of events safety and helps you apply these skills to the workplace.
Course leader Eddy Grant has played a key role in the delivery of a safety of a range of high profile events including Tour de France, Tour of Britain, concerts across the UK and abroad.
It has been brought to our attention that there is a volunteer steward going around the festival scene who we would class as undesirable.
He has already appeared and been ‘undesirable’ in at least two festivals. His name is available from the AFO office on receipt of a request.
General Secretary, AFO
Tel: 01629 827014
A weeks holiday by the sea at one of Europe's most rewarding festivals awaits those who have already booked for this year's Sidmouth FolkWeek and, for those thinking about it, think no more and get down to Devon!
House of Commons Select Committees have made their choice of Chairs for the various committees that do the background work.
The ones involving music and the festival scene include Damian Collins, MP, Chair of DCMS. Rob Halfon, MP, Chair of The Education Committee. Angus MacNeil, MP, Scottish Nationalist International Trade and Communities and Local Government which is one to keep an eye on from a festival point of view is chaired by Clive Betts, MP.
Julie's Bicycle have announced the second Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) programme, which will run from 8-14 October, 2017 in Koper, Slovenia.
Following the success of the CCL course in March 2017, this second international training and professional development course for artists and cultural professionals is open for applications until 30 July 2017.
The sixty UK music festivals who have pledged to cut their event's environmental impacts by 50% with Vision: 2025 will meet on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at The Showman's Show.
The meeting is chance to network and share experiences with like-minded festival organisers, attend workshops with energy experts to learn more about increasing energy efficiency, cutting fuel bills and CO2 emissions at events, and to meet with suppliers who have sustainable solutions that can help.
Members in the North of England and indeed Scotland may be interested to know that on 9 July, AFO General Secretary, Steve Heap was interviewed by Radio Scotland from their Glasgow studios.
Others involved in the discussions on the state of the festival scene were representatives from Queen Mary University and UK Music, amongst others. Discussion revolved around affordable acts, high level fees for artists, boutique festivals, the experience versus the line-up and the general consideration that festivals need more than big headliners.
It has been brought to our attention that some members have insurance policies that do not include any use of fire anywhere on their site. I strongly recommend that you check yours.
- Camp Fires
- Lantern Parades
- Torch Light Processions
- Chinese Lanterns (which you really should not be using)
- Fire eaters and breathers in street performance
And there may be more