Ellesmere’s Merefest festival cancelled

Launched in 2013 as a free festival, Merefest has been cancelled. The festival lost funding from the Meres and

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In pictures: Lumiere Festival London

The four-night Lumiere festival of light is under way, with parts of London lit up in spectacular style. British and international artists are displaying more than 50 artworks on some of the capital’s most iconic buildings. Installations will feature in areas in London including King’s Cross, Leicester Square and the South Bank. Lumiere is produced

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Sundance set for #MeToo agenda

Sundance 2018 is set to feature a star-studded rally for ‘respect’ as well as tighter security measures as the #MeToo movement impacts the event. The festival will also feature a spate of films on sexual abuse and gender equality. Actors Laura Dern and Isabel Nelissestar in The Tale, a film premiering at this year’s Sundance

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​PwC partners with Sport Tech Hub

The tech incubator by London Sport supports start-ups in a range of areas including mass participation and immersive experience

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TicketCo: new kids in town

The Norwegian ticketing company has established operations in the UK. TicketCo is convinced that ticketing is dead and says its platform is a game-changer for the events industry

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Sir Paul McCartney backs bill to prevent venue closures

Labour MP John Spellar has presented his Planning (Agent of Change) Bill in the House of Commons

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Losberger De Boer names new CEO

Arnout de Hair, currently chief operations officer, will take on the CEO role on 1 February 2018

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ADE confirms 2018 dates

Organisers are committed to growing the day and night-time activities of the Amsterdam Dance Event through partnerships with cultural institutions and by adding new pavilions focused on countries

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Just So Festival reveals new experiences

Wild Rumpus has started to reveal the programme of artists, performers and new areas for families to adventure through in 2018

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Fire safety checklist

Tips from Fire Protection Online on how to make sure a venue is fire-safe and prepared for an emergency

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Ticketing is dead

Tore Totland, chairman of Norwegian ticketing company TicketCo, comments on the future of the sector

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Bricklive signs Brazil deal and raises £1.6m

LEGO-themed live events company has entered into a six-year contract with Universal Entretenimento e Produções LTDA in Brazil to provide 30 events every 15 months

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Protec acquires Aventeq

The Birmingham-based company will operate as Protec European Events and will have access to a much larger palette of event production resources

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Is ticketing close to paperless?

Three ticketing suppliers tackle the elephant in the room – is the future completely paperless?

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Great Exhibition of the North reveals opening event

The 80-day exhibition will start on 22 June featuring an 80m long water fountain in the River Tyne that will reach the height of the Tyne Bridge

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Boomtown on Drugs: The Harm Reduction Story

Festival organiser releases a 15-minute documentary discussing the dangers of drugs and openly addressing the issues drugs can cause at the festival, as well as in wider society

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