Magda Nieto

Designing and living Experiences

Events Exhibitions UK 2010 January 25, 2010

After being for over 2 years in England, learning about the Events Industry and going to as many events as possible, I have found 8 exhibitions that worth going if you are interest in organising events and want to know all the last trends and technologies around.

These exhibitions are a combination of organisations who exhibit their product or service, seminars talking about what is happening in the industry that you as visitor need to know and networking sessions to meet the people who involved in the industry.

2010 Event Exhibitions calendar starts with:

–          Event Production Show: February 2 – 3. At Olympia. My main reason to go to this event these besides being the event where I can find all the production suppliers for my events is the seminar lead by Michael Eavis, founder and figurehead of Glastonbury. He will talk about the evolution of the world’s most famous festival.

  • Also I like the idea that they are donating £10 for Water Aid, by asking to the delegates to pay for attendance.

 –          International Confex: February 23 – 25. This is the major event that Events Industry has. Here is the place for you to meet everyone who is involved in this fantastic world. Confex has also an international space for countries, which are also promoting themselves as events – venues destinations. Their seminars are a variation of subjects, between; MarketingBusiness Skills & Personal Development, Organising & LogisticsIndustry Forums. Registration is still open and will be at Earls Court London.

 –          TFM&A: February 23 – 24. Technology for Marketing and Advertising, is an event happening at the same time as Confex, and worked as brother to the event, meaning, with one ticket you can access to both events. This event will show you and advice which are trends in technology that will help you to promote in this case your event (but actually is to promote whatever you want). 

  • Last year I learn that those advertising campaign that appears right next to the page that I’m reading online, were made in a specially technology (that I don’t remember now) and had a lot of thought to actually send the message through without making you to close the window.

Registration is still open and will be at Earls Court London.

–          RSVP: April 28 – 29. Held at the beautiful exhibition space, The Business Design Building. This event is for all those event managers who are looking for suppliers in entertainment, catering, decorating, flowers, event companies, etc. The exhibition itself is beautiful decorated by each stand offering their best services. The registration is now open and is you are thinking where to get ideas for your event this is the event to go. 

–          Internet World: April 27 – 29. Have your heard of Twitter, Facebook, the I-phone applications and you were wondering where you can meet and find the people who not only understand them but actually are the ones who create these amazing things? Well, this is the event where all of them come together, to show you can these are done. 

  • I spent last year exhibition between the seminars, they were so full of attendees that sometimes I had to watched the seminars from outside (that was my only complaint, no enough space to seat to watch the seminars, but they promise to change that this year).
  • I learned and understood a lot about this amazing world that now everyone is involved.

Registration is now open and will be at Earls Court London. 

–          Excite Show: June 23 – 24. This is the event for people who want to know how to exhibit. Suppliers who will help companies to exhibit, exhibition companies who know how to exhibit and all those suppliers you will need when you are doing an exhibition.

–          Event UK: September 21 – 22. Well, we have exhibitions, suppliers, production, but what about venues? Well, Event UK (formerly the National Venue Show), is the exhibition to get to know those venues around UK and there also some around the world. Here the sales departments of the venues come to show you why they (think) are the best for you and your event. The event is held in Birmingham at the NEC.

  • (This was my first exhibition in the UK, and was my first class in my MA in Event and Exhibition Management. Great memories and I also remembered collecting all the brochures for my first assignment. Thank to that I learned UK geography very well).  

–          Showman’s Show: Is in October but don’t know the dates for this year. This event is in Newbury and is an outdoor exhibition, for live and outdoor events. At this event you will find all the suppliers to fulfil your field. From portable toilets, stages, seating arenas (my favourite Arena Seating), marquees, portable floors, portable stables (I like these ones). Is perfect is you are organising a festival. Loved the feeling on being in an outdoor event around my favourite people.

So if you would like to add something or let me know another event worth mentioning here, let me know leaving a comment.

Remember that comments all always welcome and love to know about your thoughts…


LINKS FOR JANUARY 22ND 2010. January 22, 2010

After a while of not actually writing anything here I decided that this 2010 would be different (hopefully are not just those New Year’s resolutions) and will write more. Today, I decided to share with you my Google reader list and tell you about the blogs I normally read.

Steve Gerrard Photography: I think this is one of my favourite photographers and I hope be able to have him for my wedding. Besides doing wedding photography, Steve portrait bands in a very unique and cool way.

ASH 10: Pete Ashton’s professional blog (the personal is here), used to talk about Social Media and what were his experiences about working in this field, but now is more related to what he does (not sure exactly what is that) but you can get a sense and learn about new things about online stuff from him.

Behind the scenes at Smile: is the blog from a new creative company of great people and talented designers called Smile, who opened the company more than a year ago and opened their offices last summer. I like to read them, because besides of what they do, they show their readers things that interested them and write about how they would like to have a better creative world. I think this is a good example of a company using a blog that shows that people who work there are humans and can have your same interests.

Capsule’s blog: This is the blog of a music promoter company who also create experiences through music events (remember Supersonic). This blog besides working as tool for promoting the events they organise, is the space where Lisa Meyer (one of the directors) share information about the type of music that Capsule promote, that I have to say is very eclectic.

Confesiones de una mente peligrosa: Unfortunately, for those who don’t understand Spanish won’t be able to read it. Is a Colombian blogger who use the tittles of the movies for inspiration to write about things that he wants to share. Is good if you want to know about movies, and to have a general knowledge about things.

Created in Birmingham: This blog talks about what is happening in the creative and artistic Birmingham. Events, shows, exhibitions, concerts, festivals, companies, people, venues, etc. This is the space to read if you are interest to know about what Birmingham has to offer and where you can find it. Very good guide, like it more than What’s On!

Experience this: If you are an event professional in England you must have heard about Ian Irving, if you haven’t is an experience person in Experiential Marketing. He has been as 20th in the CIT Power 50 influence people in the industry. If you are interest about events, experiential marketing, employee engagement, B2B, corporate, he is the guy to read.

Flatpack Festival:  This blog talks about what is happening inside the organization of one of the coolest film festivals. Flatpack Festival is held on March in Birmingham and I was lucky enough to be part of the team last year (working as the volunteer and ticketing coordinator).

More Channels than Venice: Did you know that Birmingham has more channels than Venice, well I didn’t. This blog will inform you about those things that you wouldn’t find that easy in Birmingham. Talks about what’s happening in the creative and artistic community in Birmingham. Is like having someone who collects all the fliers in the shops and talks about what is going on in just one place, here.

Needles and Hooks: If you are interest in textiles and how they can become in amazing pieces, you should how Sara design and create her stuff, especially cushions. They great thing is that she is inspired by vintage textiles to create her designs.

No puedo creer que lo hayan inventado: (I can’t believe they have invented) Again another Spanish blog, but the great thing about this, is that they write about objects and things founded online, which have a specific and interest characteristic.

El complejo de Prometeo: Prometeo’s complex, if you want to know about what is happening in the world with a point of view, you need to read him. What I like about this, is that with you found about things you didn’t know and also the information is given with a point of view. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don’t.

There are more, but this are for now…..