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Festival and Event Industry Tackle Sustainability, Social Division & Censorship

gei_transparent_logo2017-copyWith just 2 weeks to go until A Greener Festival and the ILMC’s eagerly awaited Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI9), London’s Royal Garden Hotel, 7th March, the full line up of top speakers and sessions has been released.

The live event and festival industry are coming together to tackle issues of sustainability and the role that the global live events industry must take in the face of perceived political and social divisions, and artistic censorship.

GEI9 will debate issues from site design and infrastructure, sustainable set and stage design, the impact of fireworks and special effects on the environment, what Brexit and the current political environment means for events, and how censorship and oppression of musicians is reported to have doubled between 2015 and 2016.

This is set to be a pivotal event of lively, challenging and meaningful exchanges.

The UK’s Sustainability Conference for Festivals and Events is back on Tuesday 7th March 2017

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 program 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.

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 (DE) | Holger Jan Schmidt, Co-founder, GO Group (DE) | Stephen Budd, Stephen Budd Music (UK) | Ivan Milivojev, Exit Festival (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) | Tim Leigh, Stage One (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)

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.

Tom 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 
Patrick O’Mahoney, Newsubstance (UK) | Aymeric Lecomte, AGF (UK) | Dr Thomas Smith, Pyrotechnics Association (UK) | Dr Thomas Smith, British Pyrotechnics Association (UK) | Stuart Warren-Hill, HoloGauze (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) | Sid Sharma, 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.

Where | When

GEI9 will take place at the Royal Garden Hotel in London from 10:00 until 18:00 on Tuesday 7 March 2017. Immediately after the event, all GEI delegates are invited to attend a closing drinks event that will take place in the York Suite of the hotel for a chance to network, discuss the day’s events and enjoy a tipple or six.

Rooms 3 & 4, Lower Ground Floor, Royal Garden Hotel
2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PT, UK
10:00 – 18:00, Tuesday 7 March 2017
Hosts: A Greener Festival | ILMC
Registration | Rates

A delegate pass for GEI costs £99 plus booking fee, with a discounted rate of £65 available to ILMC delegates, students, and members of AGF, AIF and Yourope. The ticket price includes a five-star lunch, refreshments, and a closing drinks party.

Please note that all our early-bird tickets are now sold-out.

ILMC delegates should tick the relevant box when registering for ILMC.

Members of AGF, AIF and Yourope are limited to two representatives per festival, and should contact hello@agreenerfestival.com.

Non-ILMC delegates should click here to register for GEI9.
To see footage and presentations from previous editions of GEI, click here.
For more information and tickets, click here.

Full Green Events & Innovations Agenda Released!

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. Moderator: 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.


Useful Information

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.

To take advantage of the discount delegate rate, ILMC delegates should tick the relevant box when registering for ILMC. For other discount rates or information contact Claire@agreenerfestival.com.

To promote your company or services at GEI, or to exhibit or sponsor the event, please contact Chris Prosser at marketing@ilmc.com, or download the GEI 2016 media pack here.

Green Events & Innovations – conference videos now available

Still Getting Wasted in 2015?

Still Getting Wasted in 2015?

Videos of all of the sessions, panels and talks at the 2015 edition of Green Events and Innovations are now online – and it’s all here http://www.agreenerfestival.com/gei/

Many thanks to Bucks New University and to Teresa, Ben and Mel for making this happen.

GREEN EVENTS & INNOVATIONS 2015 – COMMUNICATIONS PANELS CONFIRMED

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Sunrise at The Temple, Burning Man 2009BOOM3Speakers from three outstanding events have been confirmed for Green Events & Innovations communications panel – Spreading the Message – Communication and Controversy.  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. Pip Rush and Bertie Cole from Arcadia Spectacular, the giant flame throwing spider built out of recycled jet engines, cranes and ex military machinary that entertains crowds of up to 45,000,  will be on hand to explain how their show is ‘greening up’ and meeting new challenges to promote sustainable shows, and they are joined by Yomi Ayeni from The Burning Man Festival  in Nevada whose desert city community  seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising and Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources and is committed to the ‘leave no trace’ philosophy – committed to leaving no physical trace of the festival’s activities. Particpants clean up after ourselves and endeavour, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when they found them. The final speaker is Artur Mendes from Portugal’s inspirational Boom Festival whose key goal is to provide a transformational festival for people of different ethnic backgrounds, nationality and ages. In its own words, “Boom is not only a festival, it is a state of mind. Inspired by the principles of Oneness, Peace, Creativity, Sustainability, Transcendence, Alternative Culture, Active Participation, Evolution and Love, it is a space where people from all over the world can converge to experience an alternative reality.”

Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware

In the Afternoon, a second panel will look at the social impact of events. Ruth Daniels (In Place of War) will lead a discussion with artistes Rodney P (the ‘godfather’ of British hip hop) and Martyn Ware (Heaven 17) who are joined by the Shambala Festival’s Sidharth Sharma to discuss making A difference – the Social Impact of Events 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?

And in a third panel, the final session of the day asks “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. Dr Stephen Henderson (Leeds Beckett University) will be joined by Rob Scully from the Glastonbury Festival, Drummond Gilbert (GoCarShare) and Teresa Moore from Bucks New University to look at this issue in detail.

Thursday March 5th in London. More here and you can register here  (discounts apply for AIF and Yourope members, ILMC delegates and students)

SUPPORTED BY FIREFLY SOLAR, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment & INTELLIGENT ENERGY

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MUSICIANS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT GREEN EVENTS & INNOVATIONS

Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17 and Rodney P, the ‘Godfather of UK hip hop’, have both been confirmed as speakers at the seventh annual edition of the Green Events and Innovations conference, which takes place at the International Live Music Conference in London on Thursday March 5th. This year the UK’s leading conference on sustainable events has three key themes: Communication, Social Impact and Changing to More Sustainable Behaviours and the UK pair will be joined by Ruth Daniels from Change The Record, a project of In Place of War, who will be explaining how they help promote culture and music is some of the most under-resourced communities in the world, working where others do not. To date, the project has collected over £120,000 worth of unused musical instruments and studio equipment from the UK and use this to empower local people around the world to make their own opportunity and change. Change The Record also mobilises musicians, records albums and makes sustainable festivals in places others do not. 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.

Rodney P

Rodney P

Since his days in the seminal UK hip hop group London Posse, Rodney P has been widely regarded as the Godfather of British hip hop. Inspiring a whole generation of British emcees and producers by being the first to rap in his authentic London accent, he produced a homegrown hip hop/reggae vibe that is distinctly rooted in the UK. Ware is a founding member of both The Human League and Heaven 17 and has been involved in hit records including “Being Boiled” and “Temptation”. Ware and Rodney P will join other speakers including Yomi Ayemi from the Burning Man festival in the USA, Rob Scully from the Glastonbury Festival, Pip Rush Jansen fro Arcadia Spectacular, Ben Hardy from Bristol Green 2015 (Europe’s Green capital in 2015), Artur Mendes from Portugal’s Boom Festival and Andy Fryers from the Hay Festival. The conference is organised by A Greener Festival and Bucks New University with the support of the ILMC. Other featured topics include managing and reducing waste at events, a look at how the Glastonbury Festival manages environmental sustainability, and details of a new food waste salvation project for festivals which is being launched by Fareshare South West, the Nationwide Caterers Association and A Greener Festival.

Ben Challis, co-founder of A Greener Festival said: “With Live Earth 2015 proving a well timed focus on the World’s response to climate change, we are delighted Martyn Ware and Rodney P can join us at Green Events and Innovations this year, to give their views on practical responses to global warming and the way forward – by promoting sustainable events and advocating sustainable lifestyles. Artists remain a vitally important part of the fight against climate change and this year the voice of music and musicians can amplify our call to protect and nurture our one and only Planet Earth”

Registration for Green Events & Innovations is still open at Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/green-events-innovations-conference-2015-tickets-14511372907. The cost per delegate is £80 with discounts for Yourope and Association of Independent Festival members, for ILMC delegates and for students.

 

GREEN EVENTS & INNOVATIONS 2015, ILMC (5TH MARCH 2015) – AGENDA ANNOUNCED!

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9.30 – 10.00 REGISTRATION

10.00 – 10.10  INTRO & WELCOME: BEN CHALLIS (A GREENER FESTIVAL) & TERESA MOORE (BUCKS NEW UNI)

10:10 – 10:30 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.

10.30 – 10:50 FACT FINDER: WHAT EVENT ORGANISERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WASTE : (ED COOK, RESOURCES FUTURES)

Waste and resources expert Ed Cook updates us of the latest regulations and applications for managing waste, and takes a candid look at the ‘green wash’  that still exists in the industry.

10:50 – 11.35 PANEL: STILL GETTING WASTED IN 2015?: JACQUI REEVES (FARESHARE SW), MARK LAURIE (NCASS), ED COOK (RESOURCES FUTURES) CLAIRE O’NEILL (AGREENERFESTIVAL)

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.

11.35 – 11.50 COFFEE BREAK

11.50 – 12.15 KEYNOTE SPEECH: BEN HARDY (BRISTOL GREEN 2015) Bristol is Europe’s ‘Green Capital’ for 2015

12.15 – 13.20 PANEL: SPREADING THE MESSAGE – COMMUNICATION & CONTROVERSY: PIP RUSH (ARCADIA), YOMI AYENI (BURNING MAN / NOWHERE), ARTUR MENDES (BOOM FESTIVAL):

Communication – 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.

 

13.20 – 14.20 LUNCH

 

14.20 – 14:35 CASE STUDY: CHANGE THE RECORD (Project from IN PLACE OF WAR): RUTH DANIEL (IN PLACE OF WAR)

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.

14.35 – 15:30 PANEL: MAKING A DIFFERENCE – SOCIAL IMPACT OF EVENTS: RUTH DANIEL (IN PLACE OF WAR), MARTYN WARE (HEAVEN 17), RODENY P (ARTIST)

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?

15.30 – 15:50 COFFEE BREAK

16:10 – 16:30 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.

16:30 – 17:25: PANEL: BEHAVIOURS AND VALUES: DR STEPHEN HENDERSON (LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY), ROB SCULLY (GLASTONBURY), DRUMMOND GILBERT (GOCARSHARE), TERESA MOORE (BUCKS NEW UNIVERSITY)

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.

GET YOUR TICKETS – Green Events & Innovations 2015, ILMC, London.

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GREEN EVENTS AND INNOVATIONS 2015 – REGISTER NOW!

GEI_Logo2015-largePNGMarch 5th 2015 sees Green Events & Innovations returning to the International Live Music Conference in London. As the leading sustainable events conference and gathering in the UK, this year we have three key themes: Communication, Social Impact and Changing to More Sustainable Behaviours.

GREEN EVENTS & INNOVATIONS 2015

Thursday March 5th at the ILMC, Royal Garden Hotel, London W8

Register here on the GEI 2015 eventbrite page: http://gei2015.eventbrite.co.uk

Delegate earlybird discount rate to January 31st is  just £60

Delegate registration rate £80

ILMC delegates / Yourope / AIF members are offered a discount of 10% and students 20% (discount code is Partner2015 / Student15)

A Greener Festival and Bucks New University will host the seventh edition of the Green Events & Innovations conference (GEI). GEI remains the UK’s leading conference looking at sustainability at live events, drawing experts from around the country and internationally. As the industry’s response to environmental management matures, GEI will continue to demonstrate the latest solutions and technologies for practical event management. GEI 2015 will be exploring how events can make a social and cultural impact in addition to environmental factors, and how these issues intertwine.  The GEI schedule will include showcases of the latest actions and top case studies from events across the globe and delegates  will enjoy complimentary lunch and refreshments throughout the day

Confirmed panels include 

Spreading the Message –  Communication – How important is the  communication of your successes and failures to a festival’s green agenda?

Making a Difference – Social Impact and the wider reach of Sustainability

Behaviours and Values –  How do you influence audiences to  more sustainable environmental behaviours.

One of the projects we will focus on will be  Change The Record (a project of In Place of War) 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.
Confirmed speakers include
Ruth Daniels (In Place of War)
Artur  Mendes (Boom Festival, Portugal)

Dr Stephen Henderson (Leeds Beckett University)

Andy Fryers  (Hay Literary Festival)

Pip Rush Jansen (Arcadia Spectacular)

Claire O’Neill  (AGreenerFestival)

Rob Scully (Glastonbury Festival)

Teresa Moore  (Bucks New University)

Alesh (Mental Engag é , DR Congo)