The European Festival Awards wasn’t the only awards ceremony at last week’s Eurosonic Noorderslag: Environmental nonprofit A Greener Festival (AGF) also handed out 34 prizes for its 11th A Greener Festival Awards, with winners including Germany’s Das Fest, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, Finland’s Ilosaarirock and the Netherlands’ Welcome to the Village.
Festivals and events from 12 countries participated in the latest round of awards, which returned last year after a hiatus in 2015. Applicants undergo a rigorous assessment, site visit and post-event analysis of their events’ sustainability actions, with assessors looking at 11 areas, including transport, waste, power, water and local area impacts.
The awards ceremony was held on Thursday 11 January. The awards themselves – presented to winners by AGF directors Teresa Moore and Claire O’Neill – were made of recycled materials, including salvaged tents by I Dress Myself and reclaimed wood turned by Steve O’Neill.
The AGF awards were this year joined by the Greener Event awards (TGEA) an expansion of AGF’s activities to include other events and venue types, including sports, arenas and conferences.
“We are extremely proud of the winners of the AGF and TGEA awards,” says Claire O’Neill. “They have to meet very strict criteria to be awarded, and their actions and passion for sustainability set them aside as the future of festivals and events in the industry. There’s always further to go, and these winners are paving the way for the benefit of us all.”
“The winners’ actions and passion for sustainability set them aside as the future of festivals”
Following the launch of the TGEA awards, the AGF team is currently assessing winter events across the northern hemisphere and summer events in the south. Winners for these assessments will be announced at the Green Events & Innovations (GEI) conference at ILMC in London in March.
A full list of AGF Award and TGEA 2017 winners is below:
Green Gathering (UK)
ØYA Festival (NO)
We Love Green (FR)
Wood Festival (UK)
Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
DGTL festival (NL)
Extrema Outdoor (NL)
Greenbelt Festival (UK)
Ilosaarirock Festival (FI)
Paradise City (BE)
Roskilde Festival (DK)
Das Fest (DE)
Doolin Folk Festival (IE) (The Greener Event Award)
Dubcamp Festival (FR)
Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts (UK)
Hadra Trance Festival (FR)
Kew The Music (UK)
Liberation Festival Utrecht (NL)
Primavera Sound (ES)
Spring Festival Utrecht (NL) (The Greener Event Award)
Welcome to the Village (NL)
Arla Food Festival (DK)
Bayou Boogaloo (US)
Body and Soul (IE)
Just So Festival (UK)
Mandala Festival (NL)
Meadows Festival (UK)
No Logo Festival (FR)
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley (UK)
Oude Muziek (NL) (The Greener Event Award)
Uitfeest (NL) (The Greener Event Award)
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