An awards ceremony was held at Eurosonic Noorderslag, Netherlands on January 18, 2019.
AGF Directors Ben Challis, Claire O’Neill and Teresa Moore presented awards to the recipients that included Das Fest, Germany; Øya Festival, Norway); DGTL, Netherlands; Pohoda Festival, Slovakia; and France’s We Love Green.
The Greener Festival acolade is awarded to events and festivals that have demonstrated conscientiousness with regards to sustainability and a reduction in environmental impacts in 11 areas including transport, waste, power, water, and local area impacts. Applicants undergo an assessment, site visit and post-event analysis of their events’ sustainability actions.
Claire O’Neill, co-founder of A Greener Festival, said: “This year has seen unprecedented action and an awareness of the urgency to make our industries and our lives more harmonious with nature. The festivals and events that we have had the honour to assess and award are helping to shape this transition, which has positive repercussions not only within the events’ operations but also through the message and example they put out into the world.”
Xander Kotvis, revolution manager of DGTL Festival Amsterdam, one of seven events to receive an Outstanding Award – Greener Festival Awards’ highest accolade– commented: “The Outstanding Award is a crown on many years of hard work. With this prize, we demonstrate that it is possible to implement circular systems without having to compromise on quality or experience. We believe that this is the best way to introduce the world to a new economic paradigm, in which we distance ourselves from our current linear (take-make-waste) behaviour.”
Boomtown Fair applied for the award assessment and feedback for the first time in 2018. The event’s sustainability manager, Emily Ford, added: “We are delighted that we obtained the Commended Award from AGF. That highlights the positive action we are taking. It’s a great start to our mission to ensure that we significantly reduce the environmental impact of the event, as well as raise awareness on just how vital it is that we all pull together to protect the planet for future generations.”
The awards themselves are made entirely of reused materials that include salvaged tents by I Dress Myself and reclaimed wood turned by Steve O’Neill.
The next batch of winners, which will include events that take place in the southern hemisphere, along with winter events in the northern hemisphere, will be announced at the annual Green Events & Innovations Conference, which takes place in March 6, alongside the International Live Music Conference (ILMC).
The full list of winners can be found here.
Photo credit – Ben Challis