On Friday April 22, a new guide showcasing environmental sustainability initiatives across Scottish and UK music festivals was launched at Wide Days music industry convention in Edinburgh. Alongside music hustings and band showcases, Creative Carbon Scotland sponsored a panel discussion to explore questions of the environmental responsibility of the live music sector.
Joined by organisers of Scottish music festivals HebCelt Fest, Knockengorroch and Electric Fields, and Claire O’Neill (Co-founder and Director, A Greener Festival), this is the first environmentally-focused panel of its kind at Wide Days. We’ll be taking the chance to learn about some of the great work already being done by participating festivals and will discuss opportunities for a flexible support network to further this work in Scotland.
The guide, an outcome of a year-long research project – Fields of Green, summarises key research findings and next steps to research including:
- Environmental impacts of UK music festivals as outlined in the recent report The Show Must Go On;
- Best practices and challenges of six Scottish music festivals;
- Results from an audience survey conducted at a Scottish music festival in 2015;
- Tips, resources and a call to action for Scottish music festivals to get involved in the Fields of Green project!
Download the Fields of Green next steps guide here!
If you’re interested in finding out more, take a look at our blog from the recent Green Events & Innovations conference in London, showcasing socially and environmentally engaged activity across music festivals internationally. We even made a sneaky appearance to share the great collaborative working model shared between the twelve Edinburgh Festivals to reduce their environmental impacts and engage with artists and audiences in this area.
Fields of Green is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, University of the West of Scotland, Lancaster University and Creative Carbon Scotland. The project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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