A Greener Festival award winners named

A Greener Festival has announced the first Greener Festival Awards for 2012, with 21 European, American and United Kingdom Festivals winning the coveted badge alongside eight events in Australia.

A final list of awards with more winners will be made in early November before the UK Festival Awards. Winners in the ‘Outstanding’ category included The Oya Festival in Norway, The Croissant Neuf Summer Party, The Sunrise Celebration and Shambala Festival in the UK, We Love Green in France, Ilosaarirock in Finland and Boom Festival in Portugal.

Among the Highly Commended awards were the Cambridge Folk Festival in The UK, Bonnaroo in the US, Welcome to the Future in the Netherlands, Malmöfestivalen in Sweden, Primavera Sound, SOS 4:8 and Día de la Música on Spain, and the Falls Festival, Island Vibe and Splendour In The Grass, all in Australia.

The overall winner of the UK’s Greener Festival Award will be made at the UK Festival Awards on December 3 at the Roundhouse.
A Greener Festival’s co-founder, Ben Challis said: “It has been a challenging year for festivals – in the UK the number of events applying dropped off slightly, with a number of high profile cancellations including previous Greener Festival Award winners such as  Sonisphere and the Big Chill. Other events were seriously affected by the terrible British summer, meaning they felt unable to apply, and poor ticket sales affected other events. But elsewhere here was good news and we had our first South American and first South African entrants, and strong interest in Europe, although the recession again took its toll.”
AGF has also announced the final 10 nominations for new special awards for Green Inspiration nominated by its team of volunteer green auditors. The nominations are for green innovations at festivals and events around Europe which inspired the AGF team:
  •  Shambala Festival for its Surplus Supper Club food recycling project
  •  Africa Express for its UK tour, on board its own train
  •  Planeta Madrid (Spain) for its on-site bicycle eco-tours
  •  We Love Green in Paris (France) for its “immaculate” and site wide compost toilets
  •  Boom Festival (Portugal) for its on-site STAR waste water recycling scheme
  •  Sunrise Celebration for its “thought provoking” multi-stream recycling stations
  •  Dieci Giorni Sounati (Italy) for its inspired holistic green planning
  •  Food and farming alliance Sustain’s Good Food Guide for Festivals
  •  Eco Action Partnership for the “Love Your Tent” Campaign to reduce campsite waste
  •  Open’er (Czech Republic) for its on-site bio-digesters