With exactly two weeks to go until GEI 8 takes place in London on 3 March, we’re delighted to reveal the full agenda for 2016:
In a keynote speech, Professor Joanna Haigh, director of Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College will provide insight into what is happening, what action we need to focus on, and how we will have to adapt to our changing environment.
10:10 – 10:55 QUICK FIRE ROUND: TOP INITIATIVES & INNOVATIONS FROM 2015
In a series of mini presentations focussing on technological innovations, strategy or campaigns that have pushed the boundaries in 2015 and beyond, Rob Scully, Zap (Concepts, NL)will demonstrate the Smart Power Plan, which has reduced generator and fuel needs of both DGTL and Mysteryland festivals in the Netherlands by over 50%, saving them a load of euros.
Sarah Chayantz (We Love Green, FR)presents Parisienne event, We Love Green’s stunning and up-cycled stage design and development.
And finally we will hear about UWE’s ground-breaking pee-powered toilet as used at Glastonbury Festival.
10:55 – 11:15 LAUNCH OF AGF TRAINING & RELAUNCH OF AGF AWARDS
It’s been 10 years since co-hosts of GEI, A Greener Festival, first launched their pioneering audience research in to festivals and the environment. In that time, The Greener Festival Awards have assessed over 300 festivals across 5 continents, and at GEI 2016 we will hear from co-founder Claire O’Neill about the new award assessment, and Teresa Moore will launch the AGF training.
11:35 – 12:25 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON LOCAL ACTION
Moderator Holger Jan Schmidt (GO Group/Yourope, DE) will ask representatives from various festivals in different countries to share their experience. What is done differently? What are the commonalities? What can we learn from each other?
Steve Taylor (Lake of Stars, Malawi) will share insight into the Lake of Stars Legacy project and what they have learned in Malawi in recent years.
An event that has been working towards sustainability since before 2000, Fuji Rock Festival’s Jason Myall (JA) will demonstrate how they have incorporated circular economy within their own event’s production materials amongst many of the events intriguing achievements.
Finally, Michal Kaščák (Pohoda Festival, SK), talks about the Slovakian audience responses to the festivals sustainability actions, and Peter Nobel (Bluesfest Byron Bay, AU) gives us insight to how it’s done down under, and their events unique responsibility to care for Koala’s!
12:25 – 13:10 CULTURE LOVES, SUPPORTS AND UNITES
Demonstrating that the work done in our industry goes far beyond its own borders to make a difference, we hear from outstanding social projects that have taken the knowledge, passion, innovation and drive that we see in our festival and event communities, in order to help others. We will be delving in to the festival community’s response to emergencies, and the role of the culture and entertainment industries in making a stand on intrinsically politically charged social issues. Moderated by Chris Tofu (Continental Drifts / Shangri La).
Love Support Unite Foundation & Firefly Clean Energy, show us how this temporary event power company has helped bring light to a community, whilst the Refugee Councils, have been working with partners such as Secret Cinema #loverefugees campaign to help bring about social action through entertainment.
Fruszina Szép (Yourope / Lollapolooza DE) will present the Yourope Mission Statement which crystalizes the connection and movement of people of all backgrounds, united as one community through culture.
14:30 – 15:00 CASE STUDY: T IN THE PARK – DEALING WITH THE UNEXPECTED
T In The Park’s Steve Taylor discusses the challenges they faced moving to the event’s new site at Strathallan Castle, that required an Environmental Impact Assessment and full planning application. We find out if they were able to meet the requirements of local stakeholders and regulators.
15:00 – 15:50 DISRUPTING COMPLACENCY – HARD TO SWALLOW NECESSITIES
From meat-free festivals to recycling poo…what does it take to be a sustainable event (and society)? In this session, Livvy Drake (Shambala Festival, UK), and Hamish Skermer (Natural Event/FRL Festival, AU) explore internal action and interaction between audience and organiser. What cultural or social conditioning is played out through these interactions when we seek to make changes that may feel close to the bone?
16:10 – 17:10
TIME TO ASSEMBLE – THE POWER OF A JOINT APPROACH
Caroline Niland (Stand Out Magazine, UK) takes us on a journey amongst a fine selection of collectives, to demonstrate how they have overcome competitive challenges between events to unite on a common goal, and where sharing and pooling have really paid off.
Creative Carbon Scotland’s Gemma Lawrence and Catriona Patterson, Festivals Edinburgh, give us examples of collaboration in practice across events in Edinburgh, and a focus on the benefits for urban-based events in working together.”
Réseau Eco Eventment’s Dominique Behar talks about the collaboration between events in Nantes, France, and how the event community has shared experience, knowledge and resources. They have also launched a charter for events in the region.
Finally, Powerful Thinking’s Chris Johnson will present The Show Must Go On and debate the Festival Vision: 2025. Delegates will have the opportunity to help shape and join this industry-wide public commitment to our own sustainability targets.
17:10 – 17:30 ILMC AND GEI CLOSING WORDS
ILMC MD Greg Parmley will talk about the actions that the conference is taking to implement their sustainability targets, and the unique considerations faced by conference events, while Teresa Moore will conclude the day’s discussions just prior to…
18:00 – 20:00 CLOSING DRINKS
GEI delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the days’ discussions, network and chill, at ILMC’s ‘Space Invaders’ Opening Night Party which runs from 18:00 – 20:00.
Green Events & Innovations conference (GEI) is presented by A Greener Festival and Bucks New University in partnership with ILMC, and welcomes around 150 professionals working, or with an interest in, environmental initiatives at live events.
A delegate pass for GEI costs £90 (plus a booking fee of £5.49) but a discounted price of £60 is available to ILMC delegates, and members of AIF, A Greener Festival, AFO and Yourope.