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A Greener Festival launches International AGF Awards

The first-ever International AGF Awards will recognise the industry’s "greenest festival" at ILMC’s Green Events and Innovations Conference in March

By Anna Grace on 12 Feb 2019

International AGF Awards

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Environmental nonprofit A Greener Festival (AGF) will host and present the first-ever International AGF Awards at the Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI) on Tuesday 5 March in London, the opening day of this year’s International Live Music Conference (ILMC).

The new awards night aims to highlight one single best-in-class event for its sustainability across all 11 categories, including transport, catering, innovation and water and sanitation.

The International Greener Festival Award winner will be the event that scores the highest in AGF’s detailed peer-reviewed assessment and analysis of all participating events. This includes over 40 festivals, from 17 countries and across 4 continents.

Delegates of GEI, ILMC and the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM) will be able to attend the prize-giving ceremony following the day’s conference sessions and the opening of ILMC31, at the Royal Garden Hotel on 5 March.

“The significance of the International Greener Festival Awards is that for the first time we are crowning the top winner as the greenest festival in the world,” AGF co-founder Claire O’Neill. “We also shout about the festivals with the best transport, waste, power and innovation to making the whole industry greener and those using their influence and reach for good.”

“The significance of the International Greener Festival Awards is that for the first time we are crowning the top winner as the greenest festival in the world”

In order for all participating events to learn best practice, the reasons for winners and explanations of the sustainability efforts of each will be shared.

“The purpose is to accelerate positive change by shining a light on the best ideas us humans are coming up with to solve our collective conundrums,” says O’Neill.

The 12th edition of the (non-international) AGF Awards took place at Eurosonic Noorderslag on 18 January, with 35 festivals and events receiving the accolade for efforts in sustainability across four categories: outstanding, highly commended, commended and improvers.

AGF are looking for partners and sponsors; interested parties can get in contact here.

A full list of entries for the International AGF Awards are below. AGF will announce shortlists soon:

Bayou Boogaloo (US)
Body & Soul (IE)
Boom Festival (PT)
Boomtown Fair (UK)
BST Hyde Park (UK)
Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
Couvre Feu (FR)
Das Fest (DE)
De Poupet (FR)
DGTL Festival (NL)
Dubcamp Festival (FR)
Envision Festival (CR)
Fire In The Mountain (UK)
Green Gathering (UK)
Greenbelt Festival (UK)
Hadra Trance Festival (FR)
Kew the Music (UK)
Les Escales (FR)
Manchester Pride (UK)
Mandala Festival (NL)
Metal Days (SI)
Own Spirit Festival (ES)
Øya Festival (NO)
Paradise City (BE)
Pete the Monkey (FR)
Pohoda Festival (SK)
Primavera Sound (ES)
Rainbow Serpent (AU)
Roskilde Festival (DK)
Spring Utrecht (NL)
Terraforma Festival (IT)
Uitfeest (NL)
Utrechtse Introductie Tijd (UIT) (NL)
We Love Green (FR)
Wonderfeel (NL)
Wonderfruit Festival (TH)
Wood Festival (UK)


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