Over 50 Vision:2025 festival teams and environmentally-minded suppliers gathered on the first day of the Showman's Show 2018 in the ‘Hub Talks’ tipi to share knowledge and experiences of working towards making events more sustainable. Teams from events as diverse as Hay festival, Boomtown, Greenbelt and Just So festival, and many more, gathered to watch Johnny Lance, of Lance Show & Publications Limited, open the day with a round-up of initiatives the Showman’s Show team had undertaken to improve the event’s environmental impact. This was followed by Paul Reed of the Association of Independent Festivals sharing how 60 UK festivals have come together around cutting single-use plastics at events.
After an afternoon of innovation in supplier services and products, and expert advice on key topics such event power, waste, travel and toilets, the day ended with a call to action to join the festival communities who are taking action around specific topics. Energy Revolution shared plans to help events balance or ‘offset’ over 10 million fossil-fuel festival travel miles by 2020 with investment in renewable energy; The 8thPlate project called for more events to send surplus festival food to those in need, and Julie’s Bicycle launched an offer for Vision:2025 festivals to use their Creative IG Tools to accurately measure the impacts of events. For more details of supplier and speakers and Vision:2025 visit www.powerful-thinking.org.uk