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The UK’s Sustainability Conference for Festivals and Events

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GEI9 is A Greener Festival’s annual flagship event delivered in partnership with the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). Each year welcoming diverse and inspiring speakers and projects from around the world to gather and challenge the way we deliver events towards a better impact for our environment and society.

The theme for GEI9 is “Sustainable Design”. The art of creating every aspect of great events involves both creativity and impeccable production techniques. By instilling ecological, economic and social principles in to all aspects of event design in conception, communication, implementation and review, necessary changes can be achieved.

GEI 9 will explore how sustainable design is being applied to operations, artwork, infrastructure and management, to align events with our natural and technological environment in the 21st century.

This is in addition to the usual programme of the most current innovations and developments at festivals and events from around the world, including those assessed by A Greener Festival.

Keynote: Designing Sustainability into the DNA of Events
Lucy Legan, Co-founder, Ecocentro IPEC (BR) 

Ecocentro IPEC in Brazil is the largest reference centre of sustainability in Latin America, and demonstrates scalable models of social technologies. Keynote speaker, Lucy Legan MSc, has played an integral role in environmental education in Brazil and is a best-selling author of educational books on sustainability literacy.

Since 2006, Lucy has collaborated with Boom Festival, Portugal, as it transitions to a model of sustainability by implementing permaculture edible gardens for festival-goers, natural construction, composting during the festival on a large-scale (with 90 tons composted on-site during the last edition), and by co-ordinating a highly efficient waste-management team.

Many festivals and events are taking on the challenge of innovation in sustainability. A new paradigm of sustainable and responsible events takes into account the dynamic elements potentially acting as a laboratory for change. The future of green events is in the hands of event producers and event attendees.

Permaculture design offers a framework for thinking and designing sustainable festivals and events, where new economies, ecological landscapes, scaled technological solutions, transition strategies and social redesign can be tried out in a temporary autonomous zone.

Panel: Get Lithe Leccy! Smart Design of Event Energy
Paul Schurink (ZAP Concepts, NL) | Steve Muggeridge (Green Gathering, UK) | Tim Benson (Hybrid Energy Consultant, UK) 

  
Which festival stakeholders need to be involved in changing an event’s energy sources and how should we go about persuading traditional energy suppliers used to providing diesel generators, to completely rethink their business model?

Paul Schurink is an expert in the field of temporary energy supply, sustainability and innovations and has been involved with a variety of large-scale events including the Olympic Games and UEFA EURO 2012. He will present a case study of Zap’s work with DGTL BCN festival in Spain.

Joining Paul will be environmentally conscious event organiser and sustainable event veteran, Steve Muggeridge, of iconic Green Gathering fame, who will reveal how the event’s team go about designing the site layout, their use of power hubs, and even the programming of the entertainment, in order that the entire festival is run on renewable energy.

Launch: The Smart Energy for Outdoor Festivals Guide
Chris Johnson, Powerful Thinking, Shambala Festival (UK) 

Five years on from the launch of The Power Behind Festivals Guide, Powerful Thinking has released a comprehensive update to their indispensable industry energy guide – Smart Energy for Outdoor Festivals. And what’s more, this eagerly awaited guide will be exclusively launched by Chris Johnson, during GEI9.

Download the updated Powerful Thinking Guide 2017 here

Presentation: Latest Actions & Challenges for Greener Festivals
Claire O’Neill, Co-Founder, A Greener Festival (UK) 

Following the assessment of 25 festivals across 11 countries in 2016, A Greener Festival will provide insight into the latest developments and key challenges that events are experiencing in the pursuit of sustainability, and will also be launching the Greener Festival Assessment Report.

Presentation: What Next? Environmental Policy Post-Brexit
Amy Mount, Head of Greener UK Unit & Senior Energy Policy Advisor, Green Alliance (UK)

Greener UK is a group of 13 major environmental organisations with a combined public membership of 7.9 million, united in the belief that the UK leaving the EU will provide us with a pivotal moment to restore and enhance the UK’s environment.

Amy Mount will offer insights into the risks and opportunities that Brexit poses to UK environmental policy, and the work of Greener UK, which includes NGOs such as WWF, Greenpeace, National Trust and the Woodland Trust.

Panel: Wider Environment – Nationalism & Climate Change Denial 
Fruzsina Szép, Yourope/Lollapalooza (DE) | Holger Jan Schmidt, Co-founder, GO Group (DE) | Stephen Budd, Stephen Budd Music (UK) | Ivan Milivojev, Exit Festival/Yourope (RS) | Amy Mount, Green Alliance (UK) 
   

Green events are about more than just lowering our environmental impact. In this session, we will look at the social and cultural effects of recent global political developments, and what role events might play.

Fruzsina Szép will share the actions of European festival association, Yourope, and their recent Take a Stand initiative, aimed at encouraging festival promoters to foster values of “social togetherness, understanding and tolerance for all cultures, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, colours and origins.”

Fruzsina will be joined by renowned artist manager, Stephen Budd, who will be sharing his recent experiences of artist censorship and oppression with us; along with Exit Festival’s Ivan Milivoje, GO Group’s Holger Jan Schmidt and Amy Mount from Green Alliance.

According to research from the FreeMuse annual report Art Under Threat, such cases have more than doubled since 2015. What action must we take, therefore, to protect our freedom to present an alternative, inclusive vision for society?

Panel: Sustainable Set & Stage Design
Chris Tofu, Continental Drifts (UK) | Bertie Cole, Arcadia Spectacular (UK) | Andrea Carr, Artist & Scenographer (UK) | Tim Leigh, Stage One (UK) | Robin Collings, Shangri La/Boomtown Fair (UK)

 

With the competition to create sets and stages that are more impressive, more elaborate, and more expensive to build, maintain and shift, this session will ask how innovative approaches to extravagant stage and set design can be delivered without a jarring waste of the world’s resources. Hear from the leading set and stage designers and builders about what techniques are being adopted to reduce the waste without loosing the artistic impact.

Panel: The Environmental Impact of Fireworks
Aymeric Lecomte, A Greener Festival/Bournemouth University (UK) | Dr Thomas Smith, Pyrotechnics Association (UK)

They might be visually impressive but what is the environmental impact of firework displays at events? Is there a legitimate cause for concern or does the bang really outweigh the bother?

Aymeric Lecomte presents the latest research on this controversial subject, and opens the debate for the future of special effects in the live entertainment industry.

Dr. Thomas Smith will present an industry and consultant’s view on the environmental issues surrounding the use of fireworks and pyrotechnics – and to try and dispel some of the myths that surround their use at events big or small.

Drawing on his experience as a chemist and having worked in the industry since his teenage years and latterly as a consultant to major events such as London NYE and the Olympics, Tom has a unique perspective on what the issues really are.

Panel: The Future World of Special Effects 
Moderator: Ivana Dragila. Stuart Warren-Hill, HoloGauze (UK)| Andrew McQuillan, Crowded Space Drones (UK) | Aymeric Lecomte, AGF (UK) | Dr Thomas Smith, Pyrotechnics Association (UK) | Dal Badial, London Laser Hire (UK)

   

Having turned the spotlight on the environmental impact of fireworks and special FX, Dr Thomas Smith, Patrick and Aymeric will take a subsequent look at alternative methods of providing the wow factor at events without literally costing the earth.

From drones, lasers and holograms to mind boggling chemical compounds – what are the safe alternatives in the explosive world of special effects?

Panel: Designing Inputs for Greener Outputs 
Chris Cooke, CMU (UK) | Chris Johnson, Shambala Festival (UK) | Lucy Legan, Boom Festival (PT) | Mikkel Sander, Roskilde Festival (DK)

  

Smart events choose smart design. In this panel we will look at how infrastructure can be planned and delivered in a way that it will help events significantly lower their wastage of fuel, water, food, materials and resources.

Green Events & Innovations 2016

Videos & downloads from our 2016 conference

GEI Trailer 2016

Keynote: Professor Joanna Haigh

Top Initiatives & Innovations from 2015

Global Perspective on Local Action

Culture Loves, Supports & Unites

Disrupting Complacency

Time To Assemble

Greg Parmley – ILMC Closing Words

GEI 2016 DOWNLOAD RESOURCES

– 2016 GEI Full Agenda (.pdf)
– The Event Tutor’s Press Release from American Festivals Research (.pdf)
– “Giving A Shit”: A booklet on sustainable sanitation by Nathalie Kinga Kowalski (.pdf)
– Eighth Plate End of Year Report 2015 (.pdf)
– The Show Must Go On Report (.pdf)
– Making Waves Festival Guide (.pdf)
– The Power Behind Festivals Guide (.pdf)

Green Events & Innovations 2015

CONFERENCE VIDEOS & DOWNLOADS:

CASE STUDY: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’VE PICKED THE LOW HANGING FRUIT?
ANDY FRYERS (HAY FESTIVAL)

Andy Fryers, Sustainability Director of Hay Festival discusses what they are doing to crack the more difficult sustainability issues associated with festival management. Exploring issues and solutions for the festivals waste, transport, energy and procurements.

FACT FINDER: WHAT EVENT ORGANISERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WASTE.
ED COOK (RESOURCES FUTURES)

Ed Cook explains how waste collection contractors are now legally obliged to provide facilities to collect recyclables separately and keep them separate. He also discusses the legal obligations of events organisers to act responsibly when disposing of materials. Ed also talks about some of the claims made by cleansing contractors in the events industry; inviting organisers to question the recycling figures which have been presented to them. Many organisers re-report factually inaccurate statistics which leads to misconceptions by the public and often a poor choice of treatment technology. Misreporting of figures can also reduce the credibility of recycling in general, which damages the efforts of credible recycling service providers.

PANEL: STILL GETTING WASTED IN 2015?
JACQUI REEVES (FARESHARE SW), MARK LAURIE (NCASS), ED COOK (RESOURCES FUTURES), TIM BENSON (FIREFLY), HOLGER JAN SCHMIDT (GO GROUP / GREEN EVENTS EUROPE), CLAIRE O’NEILL (A GREENER FESTIVAL, Moderator)

How can events seek not only reduce their waste, but create value from any excess? Experts in the field share their knowledge and experience, as well as launching the new food waste salvation project for festivals by Fareshare SW, National Caterers Association and A Greener Festival.

KEYNOTE SPEECH
BEN HARDY (BRISTOL GREEN 2015)

PANEL: SPREADING THE MESSAGE – COMMUNICATION & CONTROVERSY
PIP RUSH (ARCADIA SPECTACULAR), BERTIE COLE (ARCADIA SPECTACULAR), YOMI AYENI (BURNING MAN, USA / NOWHERE, SPAIN), ARTUR MENDES (BOOM FESTIVAL, PORTUGAL), CHRIS COOKE (CMU, Moderator)

Communication – We know how important it is to communicate with audiences so why when it comes to “green are so few festivals doing it? How important is the communication of your successes and failures to a festival’s green agenda? Can use of “green” language discourage engagement in the entertainment industry for fear of “hypocrisy” backlash. It’s time to change the conversation and push things forward.

CASE STUDY: CHANGE THE RECORD (Project from IN PLACE OF WAR)
RUTH DANIEL (IN PLACE OF WAR, ARGENCIA HUB)

Ruth Daniels presents this project of In Place of War which co-creates cultural spaces in the most under-resourced communities in the world, working where others do not. To date, it has collected over £120,000 worth of unused musical instruments and studio equipment from the UK. By shipping them to groups around the world, they aim to empower local people to make their own opportunity and change. Change The Record also mobilses musicians, records albums and makes sustainable festivals in the places we work. Their current projects are in the oldest township in Zimbabwe – Makokoba; the biggest favela in Rio – Rochina; and the middle of remote jungle in DR Congo – Kisangani.

PANEL: MAKING A DIFFERENCE – SOCIAL IMPACT OF EVENTS
RUTH DANIEL (IN PLACE OF WAR, Moderator), MARTYN WARE (HEAVEN 17 / THE HUMAN LEAGUE), RODNEY P (GODFATHER OF UK HIPHOP & RIDDIMKILLA PRODUCTIONS), SIDHARTH SHARMA (SHAMBALA FESTIVAL)

Social Impact and the wider reach of Sustainability. Without an ecosystem to support life there are no social issues to consider, but the reality is the impacts of environmental changes are felt hardest by the poorest, and the gap between rich and poor continues to grow. Without care for our social structures, our relationships and our communication, the environment will continue to degrade. Events are pivotal for our social needs, and often social changes, both now and throughout history. How can we, and how are we using this tool to it’s greatest effect?

ANIMATION: ENERGY REVOLUTION
CHRIS JOHNSON

CASE STUDY:GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL SUSTAINABILITY
ROB SCULLY (GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL)

Rob Scully takes us on a journey through the “David” approach to the “Goliath” task of managing Glastonbury Festivals sustainability plans and actions. Can we influence audience behaviour by changing their experience on site? Topics will include campsite waste, recycling and customer behaviour, public transport Initiatives, sustainable market trading, elimination of single use plastic and re-use.

PANEL: BEHAVIOURS AND VALUES
DR STEPHEN HENDERSON (LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY), ROB SCULLY (GLASTONBURY), DRUMMOND GILBERT (GOCARSHARE), TERESA MOORE (BUCKS NEW UNIVERSITY, Moderator)

How do you influence audiences to more sustainable behaviours?  There is a growing view that audiences will change behaviours where they see a “value” either  to themselves and or to others. This doesn’t just apply to environmental issues but also to engagement with social impact schemes. What do we mean by value. What examples can we point to where “value” has been added and behaviours have changed. This session will look at both the theory behind these questions and  some examples where this approach has proved successful.

// Filming & editing credits and thanks to: Mel Lou and Ben Kalsi from Bucks New Uni

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