GO is back @ Eurosonic

12507696_10208666914176497_11810815661683641_nWithin the 5 years of GO Group’s existance the pan-european think-tank hosted a bunch of green issues and sustainability related panels and discussions at Europe’s most important music business conference and showcase festival: Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen/NL. We are grateful to be a part of this fine event and glad that we have managed to create another four session with exclusive speakers on most relevant topics related to event sustainability.
Here’s your GO agenda for Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017:

Wednesday Jan 11th 2017

Presentation of the Green Operations Award

@ European Festival Awards ceremony, Grote Zaal, De Oosterport
18.00h cocktail hour
19.30h dinner
21.45h show

purchase tickets here.

Thursday Jan 12th 2017

Responsibility 3.0 – Who’s making the call?
Thu 12 Jan, 13:30h | ESNS – De Oosterpoort, Marathon Zaal– Panel Room
Do sustainability and climate change still matter? If we want to make a change for good for the world’s future we cannot treat these topics like a trend. We need to improve even if there are hotter topics. Can we still keep a voluntary status? Who’s taking the lead on this or do we need regulation and limits within the music business? Session link

Jacob Bilabel (GER, Green Music Initiative, host)
Linnéa Svensson (NOR, Greener Events Foundation)
Thomas Henningsen (Greenpeace)
Christopher Johnson (UK, Shambala Festival)

Keep on rockin in a free world
The role of the European festivals in a dramatically changing political world.

Thu 12 Jan, 15:00h | ESNS – De Oosterpoort, Basement – Panel Room
We will be talking about how the idea of freedom, unity and cultural exchange without borders corresponds with processes of growing nationalism, populism and closed boarders? An open discussion about values, achievments, the utopia of love and peace and why they’re so important. Session link

Holger Jan Schmidt (GER, GO Group, host)
Michal Kascak (SK, Pohoda Festival)
Fruzsina Szép (HUN & GER, Lollapalooza Berlin & Yourope)
Jacob Bilabel (GER, Green Music Initiative)

Friday Jan 13th 2016

Young Green Guns – the next generation of the good guys
Fri 13 Jan, 15:00 | ESNS – De Oosterpoort, Marathon Zaal – Panel Room
GO Group presents the up and coming spearheads of Europe’s festival and event scene. Let’s hear it from those who live and develop the idea of event sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness and take it to the next level. Session link

Teresa Moore (UK, A Greener Festival, host)
Bea Gabor (ROM, Mainoi Association w/ Electric Castle Festival)
Jeske Eekelaar (NL, Green Events Nederland w/ Defqon.1 and Mysterland etc.)
Carina Hammer (DK, Roskilde Festival)

Saturday Jan 16th 2016

The Shit –
From poo to gold
Sat 16 Jan, 12:00h | EPIC – Hampshire Hotel, P10 – Panel Room
Thousands of Watts, hundreds of bands, millions of litres and tons of food. There’s stuff everyboy fancies and other stuff nobady wants to talk about. But we do! We’re looking behind or even under the scenes of an event – going where it all ends and finding out about new approaches to deal with human left-behinds. We get rid of the stink and find the gold in the loo. Session link

Holger Jan Schmidt (GreenEvents Europe, GER, host)
Martijn Brugman (A Blue World Company BV, NL)
Dave Wood (Thunderbox, UK)


We also recommend attending this event:

A Greener Festival Award Ceremony

Fri 13 Jan, 16:30h | EPIC – Hampshire Hotel, P10 – Panel Room
The internationally acclaimed ‘A Greener Festival Award” is back! Re-launched this year, this highly respected award delves deep in to the works of events to assess, share and guide us all towards greater sustainability. Several festivals competed for the award in 2016 and during this ceremony they will hear how they will be rewarded for their efforts. Session link