The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) has announced a new two-day complimentary conference focused on event safety and security.

The SaFest Training Zone will bring high-level training to the show courtesy of Storm 4 Events, which is curating 10 sessions exclusively for Festout, in association with the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA).

Festout is a two day exhibition focusing on the festival and outdoor events market.

The show covers a vast spectrum of events including sport, culture, airshows, fayres, community and public events, agencies and many more. It takes place from 26-27 September 2018 at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, easily accessible from the M25 and with rail links straight into London Waterloo.

Visitors to the SaFest Training Zone will gain tangible best practice advice within case study and theory teachings, all provided by leading industry academics and professionals. SaFest seeks to establish sector competence and take the event safety agenda forward.

Steve Blake, founding director of Storm 4 Events, comments: “The rate of incidents with event and crowd safety, the raised counter terrorism threat, the training deficit and the staffing insufficiency within the industry are all factors that are both reasonable and foreseeable to mitigate against when planning for today’s events environment.”

Session highlights include: Counter Terrorism Risk Management for Events(Garry Jones, Storm 4 Events), Event Law, Legislation and Brexit (Eddy Grant, University of Derby), The Event Safety Landscape (Eric Stuart, Gentian Events), as well as Crowd Safety Training (Roy Wise, Square Metre Ltd), and many more. Further conference details can be viewed on Festout’s website here.

Festout’s Event Director, Duncan Siegle, comments on SaFest: “When talking to the events industry, one area that continues to be flagged is the lack of accessible training and just how important it is, particularly in an age where rules and regulations are growing alongside heightened concerns for safety and security.

“With so many new outdoor events in the market each year, it is essential that organisers are up to date in these areas and a visit to Festout will give them access to these essential sessions they can really learn and develop from.”

Visitors can register for the show at www.festivalandoutdoorshow.co.uk. The conference sessions don’t require pre-booking – visitors can just turn up on the day to as many, or as few sessions as they desire.

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