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Festival Vision:2025 @ The Showman’s Show 2017

Building on the success of January’s inaugural Festival Vision: 2025 event at the Festival Supplier Awards , we are inviting all Vision:2025 Festivals to SAVE THE DATE for an Autumn meeting on 18 October 2017 at The Showman’s Show.

The upcoming session will be another chance to share information, gain practical insights on energy management, and discuss key issues with other Vision Festivals, energy and waste experts, and suppliers who offer sustainable solutions.

Not signed up? You can sign your Festival up to Vision:2025 by taking the pledge to aim to reduce your event’s CO2.  JOIN NOW:  www.festivalvision2025.net.

You can register for The Showman’s Show HERE.

40 festivals meet to shape the future of Festival Vision 2025

40 Vision: 2025 Festivals met to shape the future

40 Festivals and organisations met on the 26th January to shape the future of the Festival Vision: 2025.

Hosted by Chris Johnson (Shambala Festival/Powerful Thinking) and Julie’s Bicycle founder and CEO Alison Tickell, the day included presentations from Richard Gilles, former Sustainability Director at M&S and Director of Festival On The Wall, ZAP Concepts event sustainability consultants Rob Scully and Paul Schurink, Programme Manager Laura Pando from Julie’s Bicycle and Victoria Chapman, Sustainability Coordinator at Festival Republic.

Topics included cup deposit systems, changing the supply chain, energy efficiency and water management. Workshops on managing and monitoring energy effectively and understanding travel and waste data gave delegates the chance to share experiences, get advice, and gain practical knowledge to help with meeting the shared vision for a sustainable future for the UK festival industry.

Outcomes from the day include a call for clearly defined standards and reporting on waste across the events industry; the development of affordable energy monitoring equipment accessible by all Festival Vision:2025 events, and exploration of a purchasing consortium.

Find out more about Festival Vision: 2025 and join the 56 festivals who have already pledged to work together for a more sustainable festival industry  at www.festivalvision2025.net

Shaping the future of Festival Vision: 2025 at The Festival Suppliers Awards

Powerful Thinking and Julie’s Bicycle will hold the first Festival Vision:2025 Meeting at The Festival Suppliers Awards on January 26th 2017 at The Hurlingham Club, London.

The Meeting will bring together 30 plus Vision Festivals, events that have pledged to work together for a more sustainable festival industry, to shape the future of the 10-year Vision, and take part in professional skills workshops for their onward journey to more sustainable events.

The day will include workshops on reducing fuel use and energy costs, waste management, sustainable travel, and accurate measuring and recording of impact data by Julie’s Bicycle, ZAP Concepts, and the sustainability teams from Shambala Festival, Festival Republic and Cambridge Folk Festival.

Alison Tickell, CEO of Julie’s Bicycle, will host a discussion on the future of the Vision as well as giving attendees a broader perspective of the opportunity in the arts and cultural sector for climate leadership.

Guest speakers will include Richard Gilles, former Sustainability Director for The Kingfisher Group and Marks & Spencer, and CEO of Festival On The Wall, who brings insight into influencing the supply chain change in a client facing business.

There will also be space to network and share experiences as well as explore opportunities for collaboration and influencing the supply chain through collective purchasing.

The event is free for Vision:2025 Festivals who will also receive a free place to The Festival Suppliers Awards (normally £280), who are generously hosting the event, including the drinks reception, evening dinner and awards ceremony, where Powerful Thinking Steering group member Victoria Chapman, Sustainability Coordinator for Festival Republic, will present the Green Supplier Award on behalf of Powerful Thinking.

There are still a few places available for the event. All UK Music Festivals are welcome to reserve a ticket providing they have taken the Festival Vision: 2025 pledge to aim for a more sustainable event. For more details contact bethan@powerful-thinking.org.uk.

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Festival Vision: 2025 at the Festival Suppliers Awards

Powerful Thinking are working with the Festival Suppliers Awards to create a networking event for 40 Vision Festivals. The Festival Suppliers Awards will host the event as part of their Awards ceremony and evening celebrations on 26th January 2017 at The Hurlingham Club, London.

Vision Festivals are being offered a free place at the event, which normally costs £280. They will have the chance to meet to discuss and shape Festival Vision: 2025 together, explore a significant opportunity to develop a funded project, share experiences from 2016 and network with other festival organisers, and gain insights into tools to measure environmental performance easily and effectively through workshop style meetings, before heading to the dinner and awards ceremony in the evening.

Event Details:
26th January at The Hurlingham Club, London
Festival Vision: 2025 networking session: 4 – 6pm (t.b.c)
Awards ceremony and dinner: 7:00pm – 2am

More details about The Festival Supplier Awards:

The Festival Supplier Awards were launched to recognise the achievements and hard work of outdoor event suppliers. With the festival sector diversifying rapidly in the last few years, meaning it’s so much more than ‘rock ‘n’ roll’, they wanted to provide a platform to celebrate the ‘behind-the-scenes’ teams that are the lifeblood of any successful festival.

Many outdoor event suppliers have indicated that the festival sector represents a significantly increasing proportion of their business. Festivals offer a good benchmark for the way live events are transitioning e.g. through RFID technology and experiential marketing and with over 60% of music tourism delivered from festival-goers, they felt the timing was right to launch a dedicated awards evening to highlight the creativity and innovation that festival suppliers deliver on every occasion.


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UK Festival Awards & Conference to host Festival Vision: 2025 update

Powerful Thinking’s Chair, Chris Johnson, will deliver an update on the progress and achievements of Festival Vision: 2025 at the 13th edition of the UK Festival Awards & Conference this Nov 28th at the Roundhouse, London.

Last year, at the 2015 UK Festival Awards, Powerful Thinking launched The Show Must Go On, a seminal environmental report on the UK festival industry, before going on to present it at the COP 21 climate change talks in Paris.  As Powerful Thinking celebrates 50 UK Festivals signing the Festival Vision:2025 pledge to act on climate change, Chris will discuss the progress so far and invite more festival organisers to join the biggest environmental movement in the history of the UK festival industry.

The UK Festival Awards & Conference has revealed its first shortlists for 2016. The evening’s Awards are preceded by a comprehensive conference that runs throughout the day and covers the topics of cashless technology, ticketing, virtual reality, the plight of UK nightlife, and disaster planning. Awards present a wide array of accolades across categories that are decided via a combination of public voting and jury panels.

The Powerful Thinking team will be available throughout the conference to talk about the objectives of Festival Vision: 2025 and what organisers can do to take part.

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Festival Vision News Update

Festival Vision: 2025 unites UK festivals for a sustainable future.

Over 40 UK music festivals have pledged to work together to create a more environmentally sustainable festival industry by signing Festival Vision: 2025 — the vision and roadmap for a sustainable future presented by industry think-do tank Powerful Thinking in its seminal environmental report, The Show Must Go On.

Festivals both large and small, with genres from rock music to words, are united around the vision. Bestival, Hay Festival, Shambala and Secret Garden Party have all taken the pledge, and Festival Republic have signed up their entire portfolio of 11 UK festivals including: Latitude, V Festival, Reading, Leeds and BBC Proms in the Park.

The Vision: 2025 Festivals aim to halve festival emissions and reach 50% recycling rates by 2025. They have also pledged to reduce travel-related emissions and improve the sustainability of food sourcing. Integral to the pledge is the intention to measure, record and share key environmental impacts from festival operations using credible methods, such as the Julie’s Bicycle free Creative Green IG tools or by working with the A Greener Festival Awards, in order to track progress.

A full list of the participating Festivals and details of the pledge can be found on the Festival Vision: 2025 webpage along with key resources from The Show Must Go On report to help festival organisers make successful changes toward sustainable practices.

Festival Vision: 2025 Webpage: www.festivalvision2025.net

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“As festival organisers we know how to create unforgettable experiences and how to inspire people. We know how to get things done in challenging circumstances and we are accomplished at communicating with audiences.

Festival organisers working with their many and diverse partners…can provide leadership for what is perhaps the most important conversation of our time…[and] make a vital and significant contribution to a future that we want our children to inherit.”

The Show Must Go On report.

The Show Must Go On report at the UK Festival Conference

Powerful Thinking launched The Show Must Go On, a comprehensive 48-page environmental impact report and call to action, at the UK Festival Conference on November 26, 2015 at London’s Roundhouse. The Show Must Go On will also be presented at the UN Climate Change Conference, Paris, December 2015, where 196 countries will meet to sign a new climate change agreement.

The report defines the current impact of the UK festival sector, discusses where there is potential for reduction and presents a concise overview and proposed roadmap for reduced carbon impact at festivals in-line with international targets. The report aims to inspire the festival industry sector to lead by example in achieving impact reduction targets and calls for festivals to pledge their commitment to achieve a 50% reduction in green house gas emissions by 2025.

The Show Must Go On report offers clear evidence and direction for meaningful action on climate change.” Melvin Benn, Festival Republic

To download the report and find out more about taking the Festival Vision: 2025 pledge: www.powerful-thinking.org.uk/vision2025/