The Festival Vision:2025 conference programme has gone live today (September 16), with industry-leading guests confirmed to share insights, innovations and decades of event sustainability experience with delegates.

The Festival Vision:2025 conference will take place at The Showman’s Show on October 16, between 12-5:30pm and will be hosted by Powerful Thinking.

This year, for the first time, the conference is open to all visitors to The Showman’s Show as well as event organisers who have taken the Festival Vision:2025 pledge.

Highlights include keynote speaker Sophie Thomas, who will be introducing the Circular Economy model and how it could affect the event sector supply chain. As well, an update from Julie’s Bicycle on climate emergency on the global stage.

Panels include The Future of Food, which looks at food waste, provenance, zero-packaging and the practicalities of implementing initiatives onsite and Insights on Waste Management, which gathers experts who’ve worked on some of the UK’s most celebrated events, to consider how to implement effective waste strategy and engage audiences – and the Innovations in Energy session, showcasing the latest in power management, monitoring and efficiency from suppliers and consultants.

Once again, the three shortlisted exhibitors of the Green Supplier and Innovation award, co-founded by Powerful Thinking and The Showman’s Show, will be invited to present their sustainable products and services to the event organisers in attendance in a Dragon’s Den style format with the live judging panel and audience casting the final vote.

Delegates can expect an exclusive preview of the new Show Must Go On Report, to be launched early next year, which will update the seminal 2015 report’s benchmarking of the environmental impacts and offer a roadmap to future reductions.  The conference is rounded off with networking opportunities for suppliers, delegates and speakers.

Johnny Lance, event director at The Showman’s Show, commented: “Ensuring that events are adopting sustainable practices is a key consideration for many organisers and suppliers within our industry.

“Being able to play host to The Festival Vision: 2025 conference and opening it up to our visitors to reach a wider audience at The Showman’s Show is something that we’re delighted to support.

“In addition, hosting the final of the Green Supplier and Innovation award, which shines a light on the fantastic work that our exhibitors are doing in developing and showcasing green products and initiatives is great.”

Chris, Johnson, co-founder and chair of Powerful Thinking, added: “We’re really pleased to bring together the rapidly growing Festival Vision:2025 community at The Showman’s Show for a diverse program of talks panels presentations and networking.

“Now is a time for action, and together we can take robust and sensible steps toward reducing impacts based on objective advice and sharing information.”