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Jon Boden New Guest Curator for Cambridge


In an exciting Festival first, folk star Jon Boden will take the role of Guest Curator of Cambridge Folk Festival 2017. Jon will programme up to five artists appearing across the festival’s four stages and festival weekend.  Jon will personally introduce each of his selected artists live onstage and will be on-site all weekend presenting additional unique happenings and the odd surprise event in his Guest Curator role.

Event Buyers Live - 8-9 Feb 2017

What is Event Buyers Live?

Event Buyers Live is proven as a successful business medium; organisers meet suppliers to check best value procurement and generate new ideas. Suppliers get access to qualified event organisers looking to source their services. The venue has been carefully selected to create the ideal environment to focus on business during the day and network in a relaxed environment. This event includes an overnight stay, and an evening gala dinner, which is complimentary for qualifying event organisers.

Targeted help for the self-employed - Small Business Saturday

On Saturday 3 December HMRC is offering help and advice to self-employed workers - including start-ups and existing small businesses – with a series of free webinars. The webinars will cover many of the key tax issues new and experienced businesses often ask us about. From starting out, to record keeping and business expenses, we will be able to give your members the information they need.

Joining - no special equipment is needed, use the links to receive an invitation and connect using your desktop computer or any smart device.

Industry Green Survey 2016 | Free consultancy

Powerful Thinking, with the support of the AFO and the AIF, have launched the second annual industry survey focused on sustainable practices at UK festivals. A year on from the release of the seminal environmental report, The Show Must Go On, and the launch of Festival Vision: 2025, Powerful Thinking will publish a report in December based on the results from this survey, showing the movements in the industry.

Award for Glastonbury's Michael Eavis

Michael Eavis, is to receive a special award from AFO members, the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) this month.

Mr Eavis, who celebrates his 81st birthday this week, is an inspiration to all involved in outdoor events says NOEA’s president Richard Limb.

“Over 40 years Michael has demonstrated innovation and constantly ensured Glastonbury Festival is a world leader for outdoor events,” said Richard.

Chair of APPG for events set to speak at Showman’s Show 2016

With the Showman’s Show, held at Newbury Showground from 19th – 20th October, now just over a week away, organiser Lance Show & Publications Limited and the National Outdoor Event Association (NOEA) announced today that James Heappey, Conservative MP for Wells and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for events will be attending this year’s Show on Thursday 20th October.

The Show Must Go On

AFO Members will remember The Show Must Go On; an environmental impact report and vision for the UK festival industry, a very detailed report commissioned by Powerful Thinking, with assistance from Julies Bicycle, published last year all about sustainability. 

Powerful Thinking now need some comment back on whether the report is useful, can be changed in any way and improved in future.