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OCTOBER | AGENDA

Event Production Show to return at full capacity with new features

The Event Production Show is set to return to its usual venue and at fullscale on 8 -9 March next year , having successfully run with substantial Covid-19 mitigations measures in place in May .
The full-capacity return of the Event Production Show ( EPS ) to ExCel London will combine conference debate and networking opportunities with a showcase of the very best live event production services and products .
Produced in partnership with Access All Areas ( AAA ), the EPS conference will feature some of the most senior decision makers in the industry , including London Marathon Events director Hugh Brasher , Wimbledon Championships operations director Michele Dite and Notting Hill Carnival director Matthew Phillip .
EPS owner Mash Media said 87 major event supplier companies had already signed up to exhibit their services and products at the March event , which is unique in the UK events industry in combining a twoday conference with a dedicated live events industry exhibition .
Among the new additions to EPS will be The Fanzone . Aimed at organisers of large-scale sporting events ; The FanZone will showcase activations , products and services that can be brought to life within fan zone areas at events . The area will also be used as a networking hub .
The event , which is free to attend for industry professionals , will be the first full-scale EPS since the pandemic struct . During the height of lockdown , EPS and AAA partnered to deliver a series of 10 webinars supporting and educating more than 5,000 of the event production community .
EPS director Duncan Siegle said that while the webinars proved popular and informative , there was always a determination to deliver a live event in whatever way possible under Covid-safe guidelines .
“ We knew to be able to stand sideby-side with you , we had to deliver a live event ,” he said . “ We had seven date moves , two venue changes , a move from outside to indoors but , regardless , we put on the show , inperson , for the industry .
“ We ’ ve spent the past six months getting ready to deliver the best edition of the EPS yet . As events professionals from across the sector prepare for what is shaping up to be an events season like no other , EPS is a knowledge gathering and networking opportunity not to be missed .”

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