Nominations for Green Operations Award 2014 announced

For the third time GO Group hosts the “Green Operations Award” as the sustainability related category of the most important pan-european festival awards aka the European Festival Awards. We are looking for the follower of the former winners We Love Green (2012, FRA) and Way Out West (2013, SWE). We are very grateful for the trust of Yourope (the European Festival Association) and the EFA organisation in our green competence. GO Group takes care of the selection of the Green Operations Award jury, long and short list selection and the presentation of the award winner.

Green Operations Award coordinator and Yourope’s anchorman for green issues Holger Jan Schmidt (GreenEvents Europe) says: “And again we have a list of incredible festivals, initiatives and projects that really make an impact for green issues and sustainability. Serriously, it is impossible to award the greenest festival in Europe. They are so different in size, venue, audience, philosophy and history. What we do is the true acknowledgement and a reward for superb action, innovation or improvement. That actually means that all events mentioned in the list of nominnees are winners already. Congratulations!”

The list of nominations (in alphabethical order) of 16 festivals from ten European countries was chosen by the GO Awards jury members and will be cut to the final short list of 5 festivals later this month. These ar the nomminees:


This is the definition for the „green oscar“ of the European festival scene:

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.

The Green Operations Award – Jury 2014 reads like this:


The final short list, selected by the jury will be announced later this month. The winner of the Green Operations Award will be announced and presented during the European Festival Awards ceremony in Groningen on wed January 14 2015 . The ceremony will be held at the Oosterport on the opening night of next year’s EurosonicNoorderslag festival and conference.