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Event Safety Diploma at University of Derby in partnership with NOEA

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.

Undesirable Steward

Dear Colleagues,

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. 

Steve Heap
General Secretary, AFO
August 2017

info@festivalorganisers.org
Tel: 01629 827014

Chairs chosen for House of Commons Select Committees

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 Creative Climate Leadership Programme - Apply Now

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.

Register to join Vision: 2025 Festivals at The Showman's Show

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.

AFO General Secretary on BBC Radio Scotland

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’s ok, it’s never caught fire ...

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.

For instance:

  • Camp Fires
  • Lantern Parades
  • Torch Light Processions
  • Fireworks
  • Chinese Lanterns (which you really should not be using)
  • Fire eaters and breathers in street performance
  • Barbeques

And there may be more

DATA - European legislation (GDPR)

It looks like the Europeans may be sending us a little bit more regulation before we drop out.

This may not be a bad thing. Read on for more information on the General Data Protection Regulation which seeks to create a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and aims to give citizens back the control for their personal data whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting and processing the information they have gathered.

Event and festival organisers asked to be vigilant regarding cloned SIA licenses

The following information is sent to event and festival organisers, event security providers and related associations to mitigate the risk caused by unlicensed staff.

The SIA is investigating event security provider LS Armour Security Ltd of Barry, South Wales following allegations that the company supplied unlicensed operatives using fraudulent (cloned) SIA badges at festivals in the United Kingdom. The badges displayed a genuine name and licence number but a photograph of the unlicensed bearer.

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