Tag Archives: Shambala Festival

Is pay-per-use the future of trader-energy at festivals?

In 2017, Shambala festival worked with energy expert Sid Rogerson (Entersys) to monitor the power use of 40 concessions onsite, with the intention of using data collected to inform the development of a pay-per-use model for trader energy.

The festival has used the information to establish an average total kWhs for users, to identify concessions using significantly above average energy, and those that are very efficient.

Using overall fuel consumption figures and energy equipment and service costs, they have developed a cost per kWh. Chris Johnson, Operations Director says: “Rather than simplistic fee for the size of feed (16A, 32A etc.) which can have little bearing on actual kWhs used, we will establish a standing charge and tariffs so that lower energy users are charged comparatively less (per kWh) and higher users will find themselves with a cost incentive to consider energy efficiency.”


Vision:2025 Festivals win Julie’s Bicycle Creative Green Awards

Congratulations to Shambala Festival and Festival Republic for their recognition in Julie’s Bicycle’s Creative Green Awards last month.

Festival Republic won Best Creative Group and Shambala scooped a double win, receiving both the Best Festival and Outstanding Achievement Awards. Inspiring stuff!

The awards were presented at Somerset House on the Tuesday 25th April by Caroline Lucas, Co-Leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion.

The Creative Green Award is the only pan arts award recognising the contribution of the creative industries to climate change, and celebrates over 50 arts organisations undertaking Creative Green certification in 2016/17.

Running since 2009, Creative Green is a certification enabling venues, museums & galleries, festivals and offices to assess their environmental commitment, understanding and improvement.  With over 250 Creative Green certificates awarded this is the only scheme designed specifically for the cultural sector.

Full details on the Julie’s Bicycle news pages.

Programme released: Shaping Festival Vision:2025

The programme for the Festival Vision:2025 meeting at the Festival Supplier Awards on January 26th at The Hurlingham Club is now out. 40 Vision Festivals will meet to shape the 10-year initiative, share experiences, discuss opportunities, take part in professional skills workshops to help in their onward journey towards sustainability and join the Festival Supplier Awards evening dinner and award ceremony free as a further chance to network with other Vision festivals. Full programme details below:

 Festival Vision:2025 Meeting
Shaping the Future
26th January, 14:00 – 17:30
followed by drinks and awards at The Festival Supplier Awards, 19:00 – 02:00
Venue: The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens
London, SW6 3PR


14:00              Arrivals & welcome

14:30              Setting the scene — Alison Tickell (Founder & CEO Julie’s Bicycle): The value of festivals and the arts in cultural leadership and climate change.

14:40              Festivals stepping up — Chris Johnson (Co-founder Shambala Festival & Chair of Powerful Thinking)

  • Festival Vision:2025 project update — 56 festivals and counting
  • Industry Green Survey 2016 — The results
  • A changing industry — Defining the direction

15:00              Richard Gillies (Festival On the Wall, former Head of CSR for M&S): Supply chain change in a public facing industry — comparing notes from the corporate sector.

15:30              What’s possible? Case studies of successful practices and initiatives:

  • How much can I save on energy? – Rob Scully (ZAP Concepts)
  • Deposit systems – Victoria Chapman (Festival Republic)
  • Tools for measuring impacts – Laura Pando (Julie’s Bicycle)

16:00              Tea & coffee break – Challenge & opportunity to share: meet 3 people you don’t know and find out something about what they are dong to make their event sustainable…

16:20              Data = knowledge – Quick-fire sessions (4 sessions of 10 minutes)

  • How to monitor energy effectively (ZAP Concepts)
  • Managing data and using the IG Tool (Julie’s Bicycle)
  • Measuring travel (Lansdowne Associates)
  • Getting the real story from you waste data (Kambe Events)

17:00              Shaping the future: Festival Vision:2025 — What do we want to achieve and how will we do it?

17:30              END

Festival Supplier Evening Dinner and Awards
Dress Code: Black Tie

19:00              Drinks reception

20:00              Dinner

21:30              Awards

02:00              End

Download the programme PDF

Practical Information:

Advance queries: bethan@powerful-thinking.org.uk / 07841558445
Entry to the evening dinner & awards is by guest list – i.e. no ticket required.


Nearest tube station – Putney Bridge
Map to venue: www.hurlinghamclub.org.uk/map-directions/

Hotel Suggestions:

Premier Inn – London Putney Bridge – 10 minutes walk form venue with rooms from £58 http://www.premierinn.com
The Lodge Hotel – Putney Bridge – about 10 minute taxi with rooms at around £120 http://www.thelodgehotellondon.com

Contact bethan@powerful-thinking.org.uk for ticket details.