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The AFO Top 10 for 2016

In the last 12 months AFO has:

1) Been represented at 46 meetings of local and national interest to festivals

2) Welcomed over 200 delegates to The 30th AFO Conference.  Get the date in your diary now for AFO Conference 2017 (10-12 November)!

3) Welcomed lots of new members (festivals, associates and individuals) increasing our membership to over 250 and still growing

Green Events & Innovations Conference 2017 - discount for AFO members

A Greener Festival and ILMC are excited to release news of an important session that will take place at the forthcoming GEI9 in March...

The Environmental Impact of Fireworks

Nothing captures the right degree of pomp like a firework display, and these increasingly popular and ever more spectacular displays are now a common addition to many open-air events and festivals. But what impact do these dazzling displays have on the environment?

Shaping the future of Festival Vision: 2025 at The Festival Suppliers Awards

Powerful Thinking and Julie’s Bicycle will hold the first Festival Vision:2025 Meeting at The Festival Suppliers Awards on January 26th 2017 at The Hurlingham Club, London.

The Meeting will bring together 30 plus Vision Festivals, events that have pledged to work together for a more sustainable festival industry, to shape the future of the 10-year Vision, and take part in professional skills workshops for their onward journey to more sustainable events.

A Greener Festival Announce 2016 European and US Award Winners

- 25 festivals across 13 countries awarded for 2016.
- 10th year of the Greener Festival Awards
- Tougher standards raise the bar and challenge events.
- Awards presented at EPIC, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Netherlands.

A Greener Festival (AGF) have announced all 25 winners of the Greener Festival Award since the schemes relaunch in 2016. These are the first events to receive this prestigious award since it’s relaunch last year, with additional requirements of events who apply.

So, how many festivals are there?

Thanks to our good friends at eFestivals, the best list of festivals I have ever come across, tells us that there is somewhere between 800 and 1000 music festivals in the UK in any one year.

In a recent publication on their website eFestivals tell us there were approximately 898 festivals in 2016 and their research suggested that maybe the festival bubble had burst yet again.

Ban the Bots

A cross-party group of MPs joined forces with campaigners from the music industry outside Parliament on Monday (29/11) as the Digital Economy Bill reached its ‘report stage’ in Parliament.

The aim was to convince the government to accept the “Ban the Bots” amendment and combat industrial scale secondary ticket touting to protect genuine music fans.

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