A melting pot of creativity, dreams, and awakening initiatives – this is Leeds’ Year of Culture

A melting pot of creativity, dreams, and awakening initiatives – this is Leeds’ Year of Culture

For 12 months, the city has put on a spectacular display of creative and cultural events, tapping into all that Leeds has to offer as a vibrant, artistic, and diverse destination. 

If you’ve ever wondered how a full 12 months’ worth of events like this is orchestrated – about the behind-the-scenes magic that makes such a vast and culturally important year take place – keep reading.

Below, we chat to Leeds 2023’s Ticketing Services Manager, Ollie Wheatley, who takes us on a deep dive into all there is to know about Leeds’ incredible Year of Culture. There’s so much good stuff here; whether you’re a budding event creator or have been in the business for many years, we’re sure you’ll find a huge amount of value in what Ollie has to say.

Let’s go 💫.

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Carbon Unbound: A deep-dive with the world’s leading carbon removal summit

Carbon Unbound: A deep-dive with the world’s leading carbon removal summit

Here at Ticket Tailor, we’re passionate about doing our bit to protect the environment. (We recently earned official B-Corp status, and are proud to work closely with a number of charities who are doing amazing work in this field.) It goes without saying, then, that we were very pleased to be able to sit down for a chat with Carbon Unbound – the leading carbon removal summit, and happy Ticket Tailor user. Because of our own commitment to environmental causes (check out our Penny for the Planet promise), we couldn’t wait to get into the nitty gritty of this incredible, pioneering initiative. 

Picture this – more than 350 business leaders, scientists, investors, buyers, policymakers, and advocates coming together with a singular, planet-changing mission: to remove one gigaton of CO2 from the earth’s atmosphere. To put that into context, one gigaton is one million tonnes, which equates to roughly twice the mass of all human beings on the planet. That’s… a lot. A bold mission, indeed. A vital one; one that we were thrilled to learn more about in our interview with Oliver Katz, CEO and Founder at Carbon Unbound.

Let’s get stuck straight in 👇.

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5 ways to gear-shift your events’ sustainability efforts

5 ways to gear-shift your events’ sustainability efforts

Banning single-use plastics, going paperless, choosing an eco-friendly venue; these are the kinds of changes that probably spring to mind when it comes to reducing your events’ environmental impact. And these changes are both crucial and commendable. 

But perhaps you’re now wondering what else you can do to really push forwards with your sustainability goals, as an event creator. How can you weave sustainability into your event’s very DNA, for example? And, perhaps even more excitingly, how can you influence the decisions and actions of others, to grow your events’ positive environmental impact exponentially?

Read on for our take on the subject, which includes lots of invaluable insights from event industry professionals who recently took part in an event sustainability webinar held by us here at Ticket Tailor.

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Meet Friendly.rb – the developer weekender that’s helping to redefine what conferences look like

Meet Friendly.rb – the developer weekender that’s helping to redefine what conferences look like

When we think about conferences, it’s often images of vast crowds moving, almost anonymously, across a nondescript venue that come to mind. But what if things could be different? More intimate, connected, and altogether laid-back? 

That was the question on Adrian Marin’s mind as he set about designing a conference that put ‘cosiness’ at the fore. That was, to its very core, as friendly and welcoming as it was enlightening. So friendly, in fact, that the word even informed the conference's distinct name. Enter: Friendly.rb, a developer conference held in Bucharest, featuring some of the best European industry speakers with a very deliberate guestlist size of only around a hundred or so. 

The conference delves deep into all things ‘Ruby’ (as in programming language, not the precious gem!). And its first ever iteration, held this year, saw an incredible line-up of truly top-tier speakers take to the stage. A whole range of topics were covered expertly, from ‘Crafting Elegant Code with Ruby DSLs’ to ‘Making It as an Indie Developer’ and ‘Getting the Most Out of ChatGPT’.

Read on for our interview with Adrian to learn all about this highly successful conference – and the things that make it stand way out from the usual conferencing crowd. 

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Everything you need to know about running a successful tour guide business – from someone who’s nailing it

Everything you need to know about running a successful tour guide business – from someone who’s nailing it

Barbara Feige is a self-confessed history buff. But it’s so much more than historical knowledge that makes her Munich tours stand out from the crowd. As you’ll learn when reading our interview with Barbara below, this is someone who’s excavated every nook and cranny of what makes a guided tour genuinely enjoyable for all participants. 

Herz und Heimat Stadtführungen (that’s ‘Heart & Home City Tours’ to English-speakers) are tours that have been very artfully tailored towards their members' specific wants and needs, you see. Rather than simply taking a one-size-fits-all approach, Barbara recognises that different people have very different priorities when it comes to exploring the city she proudly calls home. 

Some fancy a leisurely stroll with a few interesting facts thrown in along the way. Others want historic rigour and to fit as many architectural sites in as possible. Some participants are, in fact, hens first, tourists second (Herz & Heimat’s bachelorette tours have proven very popular). Others are there to bond with work colleagues while soaking up all that Munich has to offer. Then there are those who’ve just hopped off a long-haul flight, and who need more sustenance (in the form of traditional Munich fayre) than exertion.

It’s no wonder Barbara and her team are busy. There’s much to organise when you care passionately about delivering exceptional, tailored experiences for such a diverse cross section of Munich’s visitors. From what we gather, they do it all with nothing but joy.

Read on to learn more about this thriving independent tour business, from the woman who started it all.

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Meet The Farm on Central – the family-run farm giving a whole new meaning to eating organic

Meet The Farm on Central – the family-run farm giving a whole new meaning to eating organic

Imagine buying a farm with your family and turning it into a thriving, diversified business that allows you to do the work that you truly care about… Sounds pretty dreamy, right? 

For the Kilpatrick family, hardwork and a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve enabled them to turn that dream into a reality. One that has taken them on an adventure of discovery while allowing them to pursue their passion for organic farming and all this represents. 

The Farm on Central is no ordinary farm, you see. It’s a place where the local community comes together to learn, explore and fuel their hunger for fresh, ‘beyond organic’ food. That is, food that’s one hundred percent free from GMOs, pesticides, fungicides, microplastics and synthetic herbicides. 

There’s more, too. These guys run cooking classes, U-pick events, gardening lessons, an online shop and even a food box subscription service. Impressive. 

Read on to hear all about this brilliant business directly from its founding husband-and-wife team, Savannah and Michael Kilpatrick. Get ready to feel inspired 😌.

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How a gaming weekend with mates turned into an award-winning annual convention with 4000 attendees

How a gaming weekend with mates turned into an award-winning annual convention with 4000 attendees

It was just another average weekend when Mark Cooke decided to invite his mates around for a mini tabletop gaming convention – what better way to while away the hours while his wife was away on a hen do? Granted, it was a pretty impressive weekender considering it all took place at Mark’s flat (he even managed to secure a sponsor). But still, it would have been hard to predict just how game-changing (sorry) the whole thing would end up being for Mark and his friend-slash-co-founder, Ben. 

Fast-forward seven years, and these guys are running an award-winning analog gaming festival that attracted no less than 4000 attendees to its most recent event.

AireCon, which currently takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre, provides a place for eager tabletop gaming fans to convene, play and connect with like-minded people. It prides itself on being super welcoming and inclusive – there’s no need to rally a group to attend with (although you can if you want to!), as those visiting alone will get tons of opportunities to connect with others. 

Keep reading to learn all about Mark and Ben’s awesome journey – from mates killing time one weekend, to co-founders of one of the country’s most successful gaming conventions. It really is impressive stuff.

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The wrestling fan who turned his childhood dream into a reality with an events business like no other

The wrestling fan who turned his childhood dream into a reality with an events business like no other

Wrestling fans – unite! Or at least listen up, because if you haven't yet heard of Hooked on Wrestling, you’re going to want to rectify that… immediately 😌💪.

Even if you’re not into wrestling, we reckon you’ll be impressed by the subject of our latest Ticket Tailor community interview. Paul Benson took his passion for WWE and turned it into a thriving events business that brings like-minded wrestling enthusiasts together to enjoy major WWE events in a truly intoxicating atmosphere. Ten years into their endeavour, and they’ve proven that there was a giant Hooked on Wrestling-shaped hole in the fandom world of WWE… and that they were the ideal candidates to fill it. 

So, what’s it all about? Mainly – gathering wrestling fans together in super-cool locations (like Croydon’s BOXPARK) to watch major WWE events as a fun-seeking collective. There’s a giant screen for watching, obviously, plus games, wrestling tunes, food and drink and (of course) the occasional wrestling pub quiz. 

What’s even more impressive is that Paul and his Hooked on Wrestling team seamlessly run multiple sell-out events like this at once… proving that with enough hard work and dedication you can turn your passion into something much, much bigger than a hobby. Inspirational, to say the least. 

Keep scrolling for our interview with Paul. It’s well worth the read.

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A deep-dive into Hidden Notes: We chat to the man behind the one-of-a-kind music festival

A deep-dive into Hidden Notes: We chat to the man behind the one-of-a-kind music festival

This September, for a whole weekend, the streets of Stroud will take on a different quality. Among the usual locals and Cotswolds-visitors will be a more niche type of tourist – one that’s interested in discovering the less-trodden tracks of Stroud, and who has a keen ear for cutting-edge contemporary classical and avant-garde music. 

Across the 23rd and 24th September, the third edition of Hidden Notes festival – organised by the minds behind Stroud-based culture magazine Good On Paper – will fill venues across the town once more. It’s set to be an incredible few days of truly unique music line-ups, which include Mercury Music Prize and Emmy-nominated composer, and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster, Hannah Peel, as well as legendary Japanese composer and percussionist Midori Takada among many, many others.

We are quite literally scratching the surface here 👆. So without further ado, let’s get stuck into our recent chat with Alex Hobbis – one half of the founding pair of Hidden Notes. Read on to learn all about this pioneering festival, and the beautiful – often surprising – town that it calls home. 

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Amsterdam Tulips Tour: How one man with a vision went from niche tour operator to private tour guide for Barack Obama

Amsterdam Tulips Tour: How one man with a vision went from niche tour operator to private tour guide for Barack Obama

In the Netherlands, something pretty special takes place every spring. From around mid-April to mid-May, vast swathes of its countryside are transformed into a technicolor dream, with rows upon rows of blooming tulips opening their petals to the blue spring skies. Pink, yellow, purple, red, orange… these are rainbows like you’ve never seen them before. 

Below, we chat to Rory, a member of the Ticket Tailor community who’s made a successful tour business out of these precious weeks in-bloom. A tour business with Barack Obama on its roster of past attendees, no less. 

Amsterdam Tulips Tour offers backroads tours of some of the region’s most stunning tulip fields with a visit to a fully private tulip farm. Rory is friends with the farmers, so his tour groups get to spend plenty of time in the fields without having to fight their way through swarms of tourist crowds.Read on to learn all about how Rory has crafted a unique offering that allows visitors of the region to experience Amsterdam’s tulip fields in a truly authentic, intimate way.

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