EE MUSIC supported the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna to become a pioneering green event.
Good Practice: an update from Festival Republic, UK
Good Practice: Huset KBH, Denmark
Good Practice: Club Audit, Norway
Good Practice: Electric Castle Festival, Romania
Good Practice: Music Club A, Portugal
Good Practice: Music Club B, Portugal
The EE MUSIC team performed an energy audit for the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, UK to understand what good energy management practice was already taking place and how the venue could further improve.
The Sage Gateshead in the UK is using data, a strong environmental policy, and staff engagement at all levels to realise substantial energy use reductions.
Øya is a music festival that has been running since 1999 and hosts artists spanning a variety of musical genres including pop, hip-hop, punk, rock and electronica.
Good Practice: Dia de la Musica, Spain
The Melt! Festival, with 20,000 visitors in 2013, is one of Germany’s pioneer festivals when it comes to going green.
Festival Internacional de Danças populares (International Festival of Folk Dances) is an annually held music festival in Castelo de Vide, Portugal.
Good Practice: Wiesen Festivals, Austria
ufaFabrik is a one-of-a-kind project that combines living and working in an International Centre for Culture and Ecology, and is situated in Berlin, Germany.
Imogen Heap performs an event completely powered
‘off the grid’
The “Gloria” is a former cinema and theatre and since the early 90s a well-known event location in the vibrant city Cologne.
Boom is a biannual electronic and world music festival based in Portugal attracting 26,000 audience members.
Festival Republic is a UK music promoter.
Global2000 Tomorrow Festival is an indoor/outdoor-based festival in Zwentendorf an der Donau, Austria.
The first Rock in Rio was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1985, with follow-up events in 1991, 2001 and an edition in odd years since 2011.
Estádio do Dragão (or Dragon Stadium) is an all-round sports and entertainment venue in Porto, Portugal.
Glyndebourne marks its 80th anniversary this year and is still a widely renowned landmark for opera and classical music.
Located in Esch-sur-Alzette in the South of Luxembourg, the Kulturfabrik houses work from various art forms such as music, theatre, exhibitions, visual arts, dance, literature and cinema.
Shambala is an independent music festival with an audience of about 10,000.
Set in a picturesque country park, the environment has always been central to its ethos.
Wembley Stadium has been using a best practice environmental management system to improve its impacts since 2007.
Tollwood Festival of Culture happens over 25 days twice a year (one in summer and one in winter) in Munich, Germany.
Band on the Wall is a not-for-profit venue run by registered charity Inner City Music.
Based in the district of Ehrenfeld in Cologne, Germany, Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld hosts a wide range of cultural events such as concerts, parties, exhibitions and poetry slams.
Village Underground is an East London-based music venue described as part creative community, part arts venue.
Located in Esch-sur-Alzette in the South of Luxembourg, the Kulturfabrik houses work from various art forms such as music, theatre, exhibitions, visual arts, dance, literature and cinema. Their mission is to engage and educate audience members through events, meetings and workshops; facilitate and support artistic creativity; and mobilise art, artists and audience in order to support exchange, collaboration & cooperation.
The Kulturfabrik was established in an abandoned public abattoir originally built in 1885-86 and closed down in 1979. Twelve years later, in 1996, KuFA officially became a cultural centre with the help of public financial support. Its new status was celebrated in 1998 with a fully renovated building.
KuFA is committed to sustainability, with the goal of being transparent and communicative and raising awareness amongst their partners, audience, team and artists. In order to solidify this mission, they set up a green charter detailing sustainability measures already undertaken as well as measures currently in action.
In terms of energy management, Kulturfabrik uses energy-efficient electronic equipment including printers, household appliances etc. as well as low-energy lighting throughout the venue and has a switch-off policy for all office equipment during evenings and weekends. Kulturfabrik conducts regular monitoring of boilers ensuring they are well maintained. Heating controls are regularly adjusted for efficiency. The installation of positioners has ensured valves are set at their correct position, also maximising efficiency.
The venue is supplied through a green electricity company.
Kulturfabrik works to engage with its staff, residents and audience members on environmental sustainability by conducting staff training and posting information on rationalising energy use within the venue.
See Kulturfabrik’s Green Charter here:
Source: Kulturfabrik Environmental Charter and http://www.kulturfabrik.lu
One of the key cornerstones of the Kulturfabrik’s environmental sustainability commitment is communication with stakeholders including staff, residents, suppliers, and audiences. Their publicly available and beautifully designed Green Charter sends a clear message of their commitment, supplemented with staff training, newsletters, and information posted throughout the venue.
The venue regularly inspects its boilers to ensure they are well maintained and heating controls are regularly adjusted for efficiency. Installation of positioners ensures valves are set at their correct position, also maximising efficiency. With HVAC systems frequently the largest source of energy use in venues, this is a highly effective use of resources.
The Kulturfabrik preferentially buys energy efficient equipment for use throughout the venue and in its offices, and a switch-off routine is in place to ensure equipment is turned off at nights and on weekends.