The GO Group steering committee is happy to announce their appreciation for the trust of the EFA organizers and Yourope the European Festival Association. The GO Group is responsible for the selection of the Green Operations Award jury, long and short list selection and the presentation of the award winner.
GO Group co-founder and Yourope anchorman for green issues Holger Jan Schmidt (GreenEvents Europe) says: “We have a great group of independent experts on the jury and selected a broad variety of festivals from all parts of Europe. They have been nominated for several reasons. Some of them have just joined the “club” with a fantastic kick-off of green measures, others are the ol’masters with ongoing exceptional green development over a couple of years already, still others have convinced us with a terrific single green action. The shortlist selection will be announced in November. I am looking forward to the winner selection. It’s good to already know that the winner will be a worthy and outstanding one.”
Green Operations Award
European Festival Award for Green Excellence
The Green Operations Award is an annual award presented by Yourope and the GO Group. Its target group are festivals that have made a significant contribution to or achievement towards developing more sustainable events. Examples for respective achievements are practises and systems introduced at their own event, the development of good practices, which they have shared with other events, a specific innovation or continuous improvements over a number of years. The Award is given out by a panel made up of experts that are not directly linked to any specific festival with the exception that the previous year’s winner will be invited to cast a vote for the following year’s award only.
Green Operations Award – Jury 2013:
- Teresa Moore (Bucks New University, UK)
- Claire O’Neill (A Greener Festival, UK)
- Linnéa Svensson (Greener Event Foundation, NOR)
- Jacob Bilabel (Green Music Initiative, GER)
- Holger Jan Schmidt (GreenEvents Europe, Yourope, GER)
- Last year’s winner: Melt! Festival
This is the long list (in alphabethical order) containing all 19 festivals that were nominated by the jury members:
- Boom – POR
- Croissant Neuf Summer Party – UK
- Das Fest – GER
- Elevate festival Graz – A
- Exit Festival – SER
- Fusion Festival – GER
- Illosaari Rock – FIN
- Maifeld Derby – GER
- Malmø Festival – SWE
- Mysteryland – NL
- Open Air St Gallen – CH
- Öya Festival – NOR
- Pstereo Festival – NOR
- Roskilde Festival – DK
- Shambala – UK
- Sziget Festival – HUN
- Way Out West – SWE
- We Love Green – F
The short list, selected by the GO Group stearing committee, will be announced together with the other short lists of the EFA in Nov 12th.
The winner of the Green Operations Award will be announced and presented during the European Festival Awards ceremony in Groningen on wed January 9th 2013. The ceremony will be held at the Oosterport on the opening night of next year’s EurosonicNoorderslag festival and conference.
More background information on the EFA Green Operations Award here.