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Today we were delighted to discover we've been featured in the business section of the Portsmouth News. The article talks about the strife of entertainment agencies in 2020, versus the optimism we have for 2021 events now that government restrictions are lifting. Read the full story here.

'I’m quoting for a lot of shopping centres and retail businesses wanting to mark their reopening, hotel events that are being planned for the second half of 2021, and loads of private summer parties in gardens,’ said Abi.

'I’m feeling hope and pride. Pride for the work I have done, the personal strength I’ve found and the fact that Daze Entertainment is still here, providing opportunities to hugely talented artists who, through no fault of their own, have really suffered over the past year.'

So get in touch today to discuss how our Reopening Package can kickstart your business.

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Planning event entertainment in 2021

You might have noticed we have a new video on our homepage!

Our previous showreel was ace - it was filmed at a 007 themed corporate event in Portsmouth - but it showcased lots of close-up acts in a dark, indoor setting which is everything we don't expect to happen right away in 2021. When things start opening up again, people are likely to want to enjoy outdoor space and socially-distanced performances, at more intimate events which will be small but mighty.

So it was out with the old and in with the new....which in fact is a collection of snippets from live events we performed pre-Covid, and virtual events we've performed during lockdown. Since we have no live events to film at right now, you'll have to settle for a slightly lower resolution video than you've come to expect from us. But in these webcam times we feel that our customers are much more forgiving of the odd pixel out of place!

For now we're tinkering away at the website, collating a brochure of virtual entertainment, and readying our package of socially-distanced performers ahead of Bojo's next announcement. Watch this space!

 

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Happy Covid Christmas, and event planning in 2021

When it comes to planning Christmas events in 2020, it's been a bit of a non starter, hasn't it?

Companies which have weathered the Covid-19 storm, have opted for Zoom parties, enlisting virtual entertainers to lead the fun. Shopping centres have used distanced walkabout acts to add some Christmas magic to the shopping experience. Doorstep entertainment and virtual children's parties continue to be popular, with distanced elf and Santa visits bringing much-needed joy to children's faces. 

Sadly communities haven't been able to enjoy Christmas light switch on ceremonies which would have attracted crowds, and private parties have been impossible due to the government's ever-changing rules and guidelines. Hospitality venues have suffered terribly, and we hope and pray that support is coming for them, as they've really tried their best to stay afloat in these tough times. We've also had lots of cancellations from bookers who have had to pull the plug due to Covid outbreaks on their premises. So to say it's been a quiet December for us, is a true understatement. And we will never again complain about Christmas being too busy...we promise!

Rest assured we haven't been sat around twiddling our thumbs. We're ready for 2021, and have been:

- completely redecorating the Daze Entertainment office
- regularly updating risk assessments each time a new guideline comes in
- customising live acts for virtual platforms
- keeping in touch with our amazing bookers and artists
- working on brand new shows ready for 2021 events
- and updating our YouTube page which has surpassed 10,000 SUBCRIBERS - give us a Like if you haven't already, to keep up to date with our latest acts and shows.

Daze Entertainment director Abi has been managing all of the above plus call handling work for a well-known NHS campaign (see picture below), and teaching English online to students in China, which she loves. Our performers have kept themselves busy doing all manner of side hustles from delivery driving to care work, floristry, crafting, supermarket roles, retail, courses and training, and administrative roles. But sorry Boris, we won't be retraining, and we're still very much here, doing our thing, and looking forward to a busier events diary in 2021.

So Happy Covid Christmas to all our friends and followers. Drink ALL the wine!

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