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SLX join AFO Conference

SLX is the new and exciting Events and Hire division of Stage Electrics.  We are thrilled to announce SLX will be sponsoring AFO Conference 2016

The new SLX branding has been inspired by the expertise and professionalism of 35 years of history. The energy and focus of SLX is Events and Hire, with the talented and experienced former Stage Electrics team of technical and creative staff continuing to focus on you, our customers, and your needs.

Falling in Love with Looe - Looe Music Festival report

Once again, Looe Music Festival weaved its magic this year – hypnotising visitors with world-class music, a spellbinding atmosphere and its stunning location.

The Cornish coast was awash with music as sounds weaved from the beach through the picturesque fishing port, onto the street corners and into the pubs. Revellers enjoyed the stellar line-up and the unexpected magical moments.

Potential West Country Festival Site

Nigel Parfitt has a block of woodland\fields available for at a west country festival that is looking for a new site.  Nigel says "The land is in one isolated block with no footpaths, rural and only one mile from a motorway junction off the m4 between Bath and Swindon, so very easy access. Last year`s event for 3000 people was a big success, and there would be room to expand, by using another adjoining field.        Current site, 16 acres of semi wooded land, ideal for stalls, stages and camping, plus a grass field of 24 acres for parking.

A Different World Festival - report

After almost two years in the planning we finally managed to get A Different World Festival off the ground and it happened on 6th August.  Our festival was a bit different as it was fully inclusive and was accessible to those with additional needs and they came!  Over 300 of them.  It was absolutely fantastic.  It had been a very long path and at one point we almost cancelled due to lack of money but we are so glad we continued. 

ADUK National Seminar 2016: ARTS & RESILIENCE: Changes in Culture

On Friday 2nd December, practitioners in Arts & Resilience are gathering at The Phoenix Cinema & Arts Centre, Leicester for a key seminar to address how local arts services can survive, thrive and adapt by performing in the present economic climate given local authority cuts and increasing pressure on alternative funding sources, which are expected to increase with Brexit.

Understanding diversity in the arts

Survey to explore under-representation across the arts in Scotland to inform future priorities

Creative Scotland is calling on people working within Scotland’s arts sector to take part in a wide-ranging survey on diversity in the arts.

The research aims to build a clearer picture about who is working in the arts today across a range of roles, and what the perceived barriers are to entering, progressing and developing in the arts professionally.

The findings will provide valuable insights to help shape future strategic priorities.

AFO guidance re: Costume and makeup of performers

Since 1987 The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) has been encouraging, advising and educating festival and event organisers throughout the UK.  The Association makes no rules but offers a code of conduct for those involved in organising festivals and events.

Recently, some festivals have encountered concerns over the makeup and colouring of performers, especially in dance shows.

Look up, look out – Think electricity!

With the festival season now in full swing many outdoor types will be looking to pitch their tent in the countryside or set out on the open road in their caravan.

Whether it be for a holiday or to wile away the weekend at a music festival, safety experts at UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to the East of England, London and the South East, are warning campers to ‘Look out and look up’ before setting up camp to make sure they are not near any overhead electricity lines.

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.