MEET THE TEAM
Want to find out a little more about the Sustainable Festivals EU Erasmus+ project, want to meet the partners who are making all of this possible, then just keep reading…
Festivals and outdoor events are/were a large and growing industry. March 2020 saw the devastation of the sector for 2020 with a complete wipeout of the industry. As it seeks to rebuild from 2021, there is an opportunity to transform the model of encouraging mass travel to participate in large-scale, once-off experiences, contributed more to a culture of disposability rather than sustainability. The average festival goer creates 2.8kg of waste per day and industry emissions amounting to 24,261 tonnes CO2e each year, in the UK alone, a rise of 20% in the last five years. Sustainable Festival EU address this problem directly by developing a new environmental & business sustainability education programme for festival managers & outdoor events coordinators.
Our project has a strong and cross representational consortium involving 7 partners from 6 countries
Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS)
The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS), have a distinguished 30-year record of supporting and facilitating business and sectoral growth and are the nationally recognised trade association and main VET trainer for mobile catering, outside catering, event and street food catering. For over three decades, we have provided essential services to over 5,000 members operating 20,000 units and growing weekly.
Founded in 2007 to respond to the climate crisis, Julies Bicycle are working globally across the creative sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and catalyse the green creative economy. Working with over 2,000 organisations, NGOs and governments worldwide, Julie’s Bicycle have developed an approach which harnesses the power of the creative sector to communicate the reality of the climate crisis, advocate for science-based solutions, take bold practical action, and offer support and advice to those who share their vision. Julie’s Bicycle blend environmental expertise with arts and cultural sector experience, and the freely available resources constitute the most comprehensive library of good environmental practice developed specifically for the arts and culture sectors anywhere in the world. Designed and developed by us, the Creative Green Tools – a suite of carbon calculators and certification scheme – are the recognised benchmark for sustainability achievements within the creative industries, which will be an important and relevant tool for the Sustainable Festival EU.
Green Events drives environmental & social change for the events of tomorrow. Together with organisers, artists, suppliers, government and knowledge institutions. They facilitate an international knowledge platform and work on a project basis. Green Events builds towards a more sustainable industry by creating partnerships and focusing on practical solutions and innovation. They are proud to be organising partner of ADE Green and founding member of initiatives like Green Deal Waste-Free Festivals, Green Deal Circular Festivals, Festival Sustainability Lab and Plastic Promise.
Momentum are an Irish VET organisation focused on developing progressive learning programmes and platforms for education with special focus on the food and hospitality economy. Relevant to Sustainable Festivals EU, Momentum combine an intimate knowledge of the Irish food and hospitality sector with their VET specialisms of blended learning and professional development training in food entrepreneurship and innovation, food sector stimulus training incorporating new approaches to marketing, innovation, internationalisation, competitiveness and business improvement. Momentum work with emerging and established food entrepreneurs at all stages of their development continuum from networks of primary producers to artisan producers, foodservice operators and SME producers.
EUEI (European E-learning Institute)
We believe in learning, in fact EUEI was founded on the concept of ‘continuous learning’; a programme that provides enrichment to learners in a wide range of sectors, covering topics that are professional and/or personal. We place tremendous worth on the informal and flexible nature of continuing education and crafting flexible, online learning courses for those wishing to improve themselves and stay ahead in their careers and in business. Collaboration and peer learning form an important part of EUEI courses.
GO stands for Green Operations. GO are an independent, pan European and cross-industry think-tank to inspire people in the music festival and events industry to run their operations greener, smarter, more sustainable and more responsible.
GO was initiated by Green Music Initiative, GreenEvents Europe, Yourope (The European Festival Association) and Bucks University at the first GreenEvents Conference in 2010 and founded in early 2011.
Since then, we’ve inspired and connected hundreds of festivals, initiatives and scientists in more than 70 events such as workshops, conferences, field trips, panels, keynotes and discussions in 19 countries and all parts of Europe.
Le LABA (Laboratory of Arts-Based in New Aquitaine), are a competence centre based the New Aquitaine Region and established in 2013. Le LABA comprise ten networks of operators from the New Aquitaine region who work in the field of cultural industries. Our partners gather their expertise in the field of European cooperation, to develop cross-sectoral projects in order to work more effectively and efficiently and to incorporate an international good practice dimension to their work. LABA’s team of 5 people is based in Cenon and Bègles where we provide training and information to associations, local authorities, companies and public institutions, integration and vocational training organizations in the fields of mobility and cooperation, and European funds dedicated to local development.