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Secret Garden Party announces 2017 is the last one

The origansers of the Secret Garden Party music festival have annouced that the 2017 festival will be the last one.  In a statement on their website they say:

"My dearest Gardeners,

Whilst I have always known I was going to have to write this, it still feels strange. We have been on a long journey but I concede to the infamous phrase that ‘All good things must come to an end’, and so it is, I announce today that this summer will host the last Secret Garden Party as we all know it.

Tax, VAT and Accounting Advice

AFO is delighted to be able to offer to membership advice on “the money”.

Our good friends at APS Accountancy in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and Dunstable, Bedfordshire are offering a similar service to that of Jon Payne at LSL Solicitors.  i.e. an email enquiry could deliver by return a simple answer to your question on financial matters.

Over and above that, APS is happy to quote for further advice and complete accountancy services all at special rates for AFO members.

Contact:
Malcolm Angell, APS Accountancy

ID&C Grass Roots Festival Bursary 2017 - apply today!

AFO members and event wristband provider ID&C has launched its 7th annual Grass Roots Festival Bursary, giving small-to-medium festivals in the UK a chance to receive £2500 worth of security wristbands and credentials.

More than 50 festivals applied for last year’s bursary, which is open to any UK festival that has operated for eight years or less and has an overall attendance of up to 15,000 people.
You can apply for the 2017 Grass Roots Festival Bursary here. Entries close in April 2017.

Festival Vision: 2025 Festivals meet to shape the future

40 Festivals and organisations [including AFO's Steve Heap] met on the 26th January to shape the future of the Festival Vision: 2025.

Hosted by Chair of Powerful Thinking, Chris Johnson and Julie’s Bicycle founder and CEO Alison Tickell, the day included presentations from Richard Gilles, former Sustainability Director at M&S and Director of Festival On The Wall, ZAP Concepts event sustainability consultants Rob Scully and Paul Schurink, Laura Pando, Programme Manager at Julie’s Bicycle and Victoria Chapman, Sustainability Coordinator at Festival Republic.

Conference Questionnaire Delivers Enthusiasm

For those of you who had a chance to fill in the Conference 2016 Questionnaire, many thanks.

The results have now been carefully analysed and quite clearly there is a wealth of enthusiasm out there for this event.

We looked closely at what you as members and delegates liked, didn’t like, would like to see; we find 62% of you were happy with the location, 34% fairly happy and 80% of you thought the Conference was good value for money.  96% felt the overall content and agenda were useful, and 92% of you found the Showcases either useful, bookable or entertaining.

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?

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