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Eco-festivals are the future
It has been a while that dusty warehouses, which have been connected to techno's scene, are becoming a thing of our industrial past. When state-of-the art technology meets the undeniable trippiness of nature, hybrid raving environments set quite the refreshing tone. This is how new, sustainable raves are born.
In this article we explore the reasons to go “eco” and propose some festival ideas. Make an educated choice for your next adventure and read on!
Why turn eco?
Climate change and its environmental effects are fueling a whole generation of woke and interested youth towards more sustainable ways of living. With them, a new generation of ravers that demands to let go of festivals being the ever producing generators of trash. Generation Z has an equal taste for beats and bass lines as they do for saving the planet. Festival organisers are receiving their signals.
What are your choices?
Yes we know you are thinking of Burning Man, but there is more out there! Here’s some choices in Europe and all over.
DGTL, The Netherlands
The Dutch festival DGTL (produced by Apenkooi Events) is seen as the gold standard of festival sustainability, winning the coveted AGF (A Greener Festival) title multiple years in a row. It’s aim is to become the world’s first circular festival. In the grounds of an abandoned shipyard forward thinking eco-designs are being tested out. They use reusable cups, a smart energy system and a meat-free approach to food. Partnering with The Food Line Up and Instock, they introduced a circular food system using food surplus waste- “imperfect” food by local suppliers. They also introduced eco-toilets which recycle human waste, turning it into fertilisers. The festival started out in Amsterdam, but is now also thrown in Santiago, São Paulo, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Madrid and Bengaluru.
Monticule Festival, France
In an older interview, the team behind the festival referred to it as a “green laboratory”, through which they test for sustainability and aim for their initiatives to be recognised and adopted by other festivals. It runs on France’s low-fossil fuel hard grid, having installed an electricity meter. They too have banned harmful chemicals and are using toilet waste as fertiliser for local farmers. In the next edition they plan to utilise it as fuel for the site as well. Monticule is aware of the impact of “food miles”, so they only sell locally-sourced and homemade products. Essentially the festival has an environmental manager that oversees all procedures and optimises the festivals green output.
More options, although not strictly techno only, include Exit Festival in Serbia, which envisions itself as a platform for behavioural change and Lightning in a Bottle in LA and Wonderfruit in Thailand, both spot on sustainable festivals. They rely on the principles of banning plastic, making eco friendly merch, natural material stages, collaborating with NGOs and using clean energy.
Festivals have always been a way to cultivate and experience inspiring alternative realities. Besides the music, they include aspects of transportation, energy, education, innovation, food/water and waste. Maybe that utopian feeling could transform into seeds of awareness that one day will be adopted as sustainable behaviours outside of the festival gates. For now, they do make partying more ethical.