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The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) has partnered with the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) and its Futures Supporter GL events UK to curate the content of a two-day programme focusing on the future of the events industry. Sessions will be held in a special ‘Futures Stage’ at the show.

NOEA will be convening its Future’s Forum Leadership Group. This time around its members will discuss the main trends the industry faces over the coming years and beyond. The group will feedback latest discussions to Festout visitors on the second day of the show.

Meanwhile, the opening session on day one will look specifically at the future of sporting events, with a high-profile panel of leading events, chaired alongside GL events UK, looking to their own futures.

“We’ve had an amazing reaction to our discussions around the future of the industry and we’re creating a lot of resources through our white papers,” commented Andy Grove, interim-president, NOEA.

“We’re keen to continue this look into the future and share the outcomes with the best in the industry, and this partnership with Festout and our Futures Supporters allows us to do so,” he added.

Look to the future

As part of the NOEA’s Commercialisation Project, there will be a further session on how the industry can have better conversations between organiser and supplier. The session is supported by GL events UK.

Additional sessions will include a debate on how the industry markets itself, now and in the future, led by Eventbrite, as well as subjects on technology and health and safety. Each session will present its findings through the prism of how the industry can adapt to a new future.

“We’re already creating an incredible atmosphere at Festout, and we want good education and knowledge sharing to be a big part of it,” commented Duncan Siegle, Festout event director. “These are really good, contemporary and relevant sessions that allows the industry to look to the future and prepare for it, I know our visitors will really enjoy them.”

The Festival and Outdoor Events Show runs on 27-28 September at Sandown Park, Surrey. Registration is now open.