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How does your festival grow?

AFO member, festival organiser, marketing consultant and musician Oliver Carpenter can help you to launch or grow your festival. With 30 events over ten years under his belt, Oliver has a track record for developing and evolving successful music festivals including the award-winning Upton Blues Festival.

His approach to creating self-sustaining and financially independent events focuses on understanding the inherent personality and goals of each festival and build on their characteristics to maximise potential.

VisitBritain launches programme to boost international business events across the UK

VisitBritain has today launched a programme to attract more global business events to the UK.

The four-year Event Support Programme offers advocacy and funding to grow and develop the UK’s international business events industry, currently worth about £19 billion to the economy.

The programme is open to Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) or venues and event organisers who are collaborating with DMOs and offers the chance to apply for funding from a pool of £1 million annually.

Looking for a venue to run your festival?

The charity, Aquaterra Leisure run The Somerdale Pavilion in Keynsham, Bath. They are a looking for someone to work with them to run an event either as an adviser or in partnership with them.  Penny Shrubb at Aquaterra says "The venue is ideal for an outdoor music, beer, food, cider festival with room for camping too. We have about 23 hectares of land (radius 1.5 miles), a beautiful club house and car parking for over 200 cars"

Upton Blues Festival just keeps on growing!

Upton Blues Festival 2016 was an absolute blast. With more visitors, more campers, more bands and just more of everything, even the weather came good to give 20,000+ visitors to the riverside town the weekend of the year.

The mainstage music across the three days was bigger and better with bands from the US, Canada, Finland and France as well as the ‘Best of British Blues’.

The campsite more than doubled the population of the town with over 3500 ‘short term residents’ in the site set up in Fish Meadow for the weekend.

Showman’s Show 2016 will deliver ‘campfire’ style panel discussions and workshops

Lance Show & Publications Limited, organiser of the Showman’s Show, the UK and Europe’s most comprehensive exhibition for the outdoor and special event industry has announced that it will deliver a dedicated stream of workshops and panel discussions for the first time in the Show’s 30-year history. Held as intimate and informal ‘campfire’ style sessions they will bring up to the minute, thought provoking and interesting content to visitors attending the event at Newbury Showground on 19th – 20th October 2016.