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A Greener Festival celebrates 37 environmentally sustainable events

By | Published on Monday 20 January 2020

A Greener Festival

A Greener Festival, the globally-focused organisation that encourages festivals and other large events to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable, handed out its latest round of Greener Festival Awards at the Eurosonic festival in Groningen last week.

As always, these awards are presented based on a rigorous assessment process undertaken by AGF itself which, among other things, assesses the extent to which festivals are sustainable in areas like transport, food, waste, power and water. How each event manages its impact on the local area and ecosystem is also considered.

After presenting this year’s awards, AGF’s Claire O’Neill said: “The need for us all to take significant positive action for the good of the environment requires no introduction. Congratulations to our winners who are doing their part, and power to all events and individuals who want to do more. Together we can make things better”.

There are four levels of Greener Festival Awards, starting with ‘improvers’ and working up to ‘outstanding’. 37 awards were handed out last week to events in fifteen different countries. All of these festivals are now also eligible for AGF’s International Greener Festival Awards, which celebrate specific aspects of an event’s sustainable practices, and will be handed out at the Green Events & Innovations Conference in London in March.

The 37 winners announced this time were as follows:

Outstanding: Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), DGTL Festival (Netherlands), Green Gathering (UK), Øya Festival (Norway), Paradise City (Belgium), We Love Green (France).

Highly Commended: Dockyard Festival (Netherlands), Dubcamp Festival (France), Glastonbury Festival (UK), Greenbelt Festival (UK), Hadra Trance Festival (France), Pete the Monkey (France), Primavera Sound (Spain), Rainbow Serpent (Australia), Roskilde Festival (Denmark).

Commended: Boomtown Fair (UK), BST Hyde Park (UK), Das Fest (Germany), Envision Festival (Costa Rica), Hout Festival (Netherlands), Les 3 Elephants (France), Metal Days (Slovenia), Mystic Garden (Netherlands), Own Spirit Festival (Spain), Sonidos Liquidos (Spain), SWR3 New Pop Festival (Germany), Sziget Festival (Hungary), Walthamstow Garden Party (UK).

Improvers: Buenas Noches Producciones (Argentina), Elrow Town Amsterdam (Netherlands), Lambeth Country Show (UK), Lost Village Festival (UK), Manchester Pride Live (UK), Straf_Werk (Netherlands), Terraforma Festival (Italy), Utrechtse Introductie Tijd (Netherlands), Wonderfruit Festival (Thailand).