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2020 Members Training Day and AGM 

 Tuesday 25th February 2020


Following our attendance at the Event Production Show in 2019 we will again be working in partnership with the Show Organisers to bring a programme together for the Local Authorities Day.


We will be holding our AGM at Excel on Tuesday 25th February 


The International Confex, Event Production Show and PA Show will take place on Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 February 2020 

at the Excel Exhibition Centre, London

please register to get your free admission into the show (click here)


                         To reserve your place at the AGM on 25th February

                       please contact Sue Bull at treasurer.laeog@gmail.com

                 you will need register for free admission to get into the show  


Local Authority Stage Programme Tuesday 25.2.20


10:30-11:15 

“Breaking News – Charges Introduced at Coventry’s Godiva Festival ……”

The funding challenges that Coventry Council were facing meant they were not in a position to deliver the event for free as it had been for the last 20 years. 

This session explores the challenges and benefits of doing this. 

Jon Hogan, Coventry City Council


11:30 – 12:15

 Civic celebrations in modern Britain – why?

Now more than ever, they’re an important investment in community cohesion. 

How might disharmony over Brexit and other issues be healed with 

a unifying celebration of cultural diversity through parades/place 

making and shared public events? 

A case-study led presentation using outdoor arts as a way of helping local authorities and BID teams explore opportunities for community celebration in the public realm. 

Walk the Plank


12:30 – 13:15 

 LAEOG AGM Members only


14:00 – 14:45 

 Seasonal events in civic settings 

making the most of your places and spaces.  

The focus of this talk is to show how local authorities and BID teams can think outside the box to look at outdoor arts events as a way of bringing communities together at different times throughout the year. From Halloween and Christmas light switch-ons, to winter parades and city park summer festivals. Walk the Plank will draw in different audiences and help draw people to experience spaces and places in a new way. 

Walk the Plank


15:00 – 15:45 

 Local Authorities: Challenges 2020 and beyond

 Challenges to Local Authorities are well documented, with Council’s Events Departments affected like all other sectors.  Dwindling finances, increased income targets and reduced resources are forcing Local Authorities into looking ever closer at what to host on their land, how they host it and what they charge for it. 

Ian Taylor, Vice Chair - LAEOG