Vision:2025, the annual conference on festival sustainability, will be hosted at The Showman’s Show on Newbury Showground on October 12, 2018.

A focused program combining talks, panel discussions, roundtables and innovation showcases have been planned to empower festival organisers to introduce more sustainable practices to their events. This will be the third annual meeting of organisers signed up to the Vision:2025 pledge, with Powerful Thinking, to cut the environmental impacts of their events by 50 per cent by 2025.

The Showman’s Show organiser, Lance Show and Publications, has underlined its commitment to sustainability in hosting the Vision:2025 event for the second year running. The afternoon event will be a chance for the Vision:2025 festival teams to share ideas, best practice and real challenges and opportunities. Festival organisers will also learn more about the new suppliers, organisations and communities that are helping the industry move towards more sustainable practices.

After the program attendees have the chance to continue the conversation over a beer at the networking drinks. For the first time this year the Vision:2025 program includes a live judging panel for The Showman’s Show 2018 Green Supplier Award.

Sessions include Industry Energy Briefings, a Festival Focus panel, the roundtable session with specific table topics hosted by guest experts and suppliers, and a Toast to the Future panel, with guests looking at best practice in alternatives to single-use plastics and reusable options to cut bar waste.

Organisations Julie’s Bicycle, A Greener Festival and the charity Energy Revolution, which are building communities of change around sustainability in the arts, have been invited to introduce their support networks around key areas.

Full speaker and session information will be released in September.