Drones on the menu as EventScotland partners with EventIt for local learning networks

drone flying at dusk

EventScotland is piloting local learning networks as part of the EventIt regional roadshows, which kick off on Thursday, August 24 in the Borders.

The national agency says it wants to “make it easier” to engage with events professionals around the country and will trial the approach at three of the upcoming Eventit regional events, taking place at:

Abbotsford House, Melrose – Scottish Borders – Thursday, August 24

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness – Highlands and Islands – Thursday, September 7

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre – Aberdeenshire – Wednesday, October 18

Led by Torquil MacLeod, Development Manager – Events Industry, the sessions, from 3 till 5pm, are designed to be informal but “highly interactive” covering some of the main policy themes facing the events industry in Scotland.

Among the main themes set to be covered are:

  • Themed years
  • Funding
  • Safety Advisory Group / PREVENT / Event Plans / Licensing
  • Event charges for LA support, including police
  • Event organisers’ roles and responsibilities
  • Drones
  • Measuring impacts/value

Drones, in particular, are a pressing issue among many outdoor event organisers who are increasingly seeking to use aerial footage to promote their events.

However, the feedback EventScotland has received in advance of the learning networks indicate that many people are concerned about the legal aspects of drone usage.

MacLeod added: “A key thing just now appears to be drones and the proliferation of those being used by event organisers. People are not entirely clear about the legislation that sits behind it. We can talk about some of the difficulties that event organisers face, around the practicalities.

“We’ve also just done a whole thing around counter-terrorism awareness; there’s a range of things we’re happy to provide input on but really it’s meant to be an opportunity for local event organisers to gather and discuss the industry in their area.”