Does government see the value of festivals?

15/05/2018 12:20:04

"I fear the benefits of Glastonbury and festivals are maybe being missed by government" James Heappey, MP for Wells Constituency.

James Heappey, the Member of Parliament for the Wells Constituency in South West England, was a speaker at Festout's sister show, The Event Production Show, earlier this year. He was on the "are we of value to the industry" panel curated by Nick Morgan, founder of The Fair. Here are the Festout highlights of the subsequent Access All Areas article (check out the full version here). 

  • "The APPG is more comfortable when talking about conferences and exhibitions rather than festivals. My experience has been in working with Glastonbury, the biggest music festival in the world. But I fear the benefits of Glastonbury and festivals are maybe being missed by government."


  • "There’s huge value in local government taking the lead in benefitting the city as a whole by using events. They bring high quality graduate jobs, attract people from across the country and internationally to your area. Local Authorities that are seeking to change the brand of an area, should recognise that it all starts with an events agenda. But, we owe it to local residents to be discerning as to the way these events are run."


  • "Companies in my constituency have benefited the UK hugely because of festivals. We have a company which is now the nation’s leading provider of theatrical props. And, we have a staging company that provides stages all over the world."


  • "There’s three things I think are top of the APPG agenda. Is the events industry board doing everything it was set up to do? My instinct is it is ‘not quite yet’, and that’s not a criticism of [former chair] Nick De Bois MP or the people in it from the industry, but the government departments for not getting involved enough."


  • "We must encourage sharing best events practice across local authorities, big or small. There are real economic opportunities from being imaginative and slightly less cautious when it comes to allowing events to happen."