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A Greener Festival announces 2018 winners

Environmentally-friendly festivals and events received recognition for their sustainability efforts at A Greener Festival Awards

By Anna Grace on 21 Jan 2019

A Greener Festival Awards 2018

DGTL Amsterdam received an Outstanding Award

image © Ben Challis

Environmental nonprofit A Greener Festival (AGF) presented awards to events and festivals that are doing their bit to reduce environmental impact and improve sustainability at an awards ceremony held at Eurosonic Noorderslag on Friday 18 January.

The 12th edition of A Greener Festival Awards saw 35 festivals and events across 14 countries receive the accolade for efforts in sustainability. A rigorous assessment process, site visits and post-event analysis decide winners of the prestigious environmental award.

AGF directors Ben Challis, Claire O’Neill and Teresa Moore presented awards to the worthy recipients that included Das Fest, Germany; DGTL, Netherlands; Pohoda Festival, Slovakia; and Ireland’s Body & Soul. Recipients received awards across four categories: outstanding, highly commended, commended and improvers.

Xander Kotvis, revolution manager of DGTL Festival Amsterdam, one of seven events to receive an Outstanding Award, comments: “The Outstanding Award is a crown on many years of hard work. With this prize, we demonstrate that it is possible to implement circular systems without having to compromise on quality or experience.”

“This year has seen unprecedented action and an awareness of the urgency to make our industries and our lives more harmonious with nature”

Practising what they preach, the awards themselves were made entirely from reused materials, including salvaged tents by I Dress Myself and reclaimed wood turned by Steve O’Neill.

“This year has seen unprecedented action and an awareness of the urgency to make our industries and our lives more harmonious with nature,” says Claire O’Neill, A Greener Festival co-founder.

“The festivals and events that we have had the honour to assess and award are helping to shape this transition, which has positive repercussions not only within the events’ operations but also through the message and example they put out into the world.”

AGF will announce the next round of winners at the Green Events and Innovations Conference, taking place on 5 March at ILMC in London. The winners will include summer events taking place in the southern hemisphere and winter events in the north.

Applications are now open for the Greener Festival Awards 2019. Events should contact [email protected] to apply.

A full list of AGF Award winners 2018 is below:

Boom Festival (PT)
Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
DGTL Festival (NL)
Green Gathering (UK)
Øya Festival (NO)
We Love Green (FR)
Wood Festival (UK)

Highly commended
Body & Soul (IE)
Dubcamp Festival (FR)
Greenbelt Festival (UK)
Paradise City (BE)
Rainbow Serpent (AU)
Roskilde Festival (DK)

Boomtown Fair (UK)
Das Fest (DE)
Fire In The Mountain (UK)
Hadra Trance Festival (FR)
Kew the Music (UK)
Mandala Festival (NL)
Metal Days (SI)
Pete the Monkey (FR)
Pohoda Festival (SK)
Primavera Sound (ES)
Spring Utrecht (NL)
Wonderfeel (NL)

BST Hyde Park (UK)
Couvre Feu (FR)
De Poupet (FR)
Les Escales (FR)
Manchester Pride (UK)
Own Spirit Festival (ES)
Terraforma Festival (IT)
Utrechtse Introductie Tijd (UIT) (NL)
Uitfeest (NL)


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