2018 Green Operations Award Shortlist revealed

On January 16 GO Group will happily reveal 2018’s winner of the Green Operations Award. As the sustainability related category of the European Festival Awards the GO Award forms something like the “green Oscar” of the European Festival scene. The ceremony will be held at the Oosterport on the opening night of next year’s EurosonicNoorderslag festival and conference.

The 7th winner of the Green Operations Award is decided by a jury of experts from this exciting short list:

Green Operations Award coordinator Holger Jan Schmidt (GO Group / YOUROPE) says: “Once again we had an incredible amount of festivals to choose from. It is a pity that short lists have to be short, because there are so many great initiatives and projects worth awarding – even at those events we couldn’t include in the final six. Those six festivals are leaders by example and great contributors to a greener and more sustainable festival sector. The jury acknowledge all of them and want to express that they are all winners by being nominated for the 2018 GREEN OPERATIONS AWARD. I know I repeat myself saying: we cannot award the greenest festival in Europe – there is non, because they differ in size, budget, audience and challenges. But we will present and award one festival wich impresses with exceptional action and performance, leading the industy into a greener future.”

Congratulations to all festivals and good luck to all of you!

If you want to join us, purchase tickets here. But be quick they’re running short!

GO Award jury members with winners 2017 Pohoda Festival

This is the definition for the Green Operations Award:

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 2016 reads like this:

Winners of the Green Operations Award so far:

  • 2009 Oya (NOR) – was called Green’n’Clean award at that time
  • 2010 Boom (POR) – was called Green’n’Clean award at that time
  • 2011 Melt! (GER) – was called Green’n’Clean award at that time
  • 2012 We Love Green (FRA)
  • 2013 Way Out West (SWE)
  • 2014 Roskilde & Stop Spild Af Mad (DK)
  • 2015 Tollwood (GER)
  • 2016 Shambala Festival (UK)
  • 2017 Pohoda (SLK)