Shortlist announced for the EFA Green Operations Award

The short lists for the European Festival Awards have been announced today (mon nov 12th). While categories from best small to best major festival, anthem of the year or best line-up have been selected by public choice the Green Operations Award’s nominees and winner are chosen by an independent jury of experts. And here we go, the short list for the Green Operations Award 2012:

Boom Festival (POR) – Awareness, creativity and overall approach on highest level. Boom is a true leader in the green issues.
Maifeld Derby (GER) – A great debut from a young group of people with Greener Maifeld Derby. “Rookie of the year”.
Open Air St.Gallen (CH) – For continued contribution and leadership in general and for their work in developing a greener festival over a number of years.
Way Out West (SE) – Great sustainability approach on a triple bottom line. Absolutely remarkable: this major event went 100% vegetarian.
We Love Green (FRA) – The second year of We Love Green sees the festival already as a shiny example. Exceptional work on various topics.

(photo from: European Festival Awards Website)

GO Group co-founder Holger Jan Schmidt (Yourope anchorman for green issues / GreenEvents Europe): “So many great festivals, green initiatives and positive actions were on the long list. All of those deserve an award, but in the end there can be only one. All five festivals nominated for the short list have been selected by at least two jury members. It’s a group of festivals with very diverse characteristics: various styles, new or already established ones, from south, central and northern Europe, urban or on the countryside. What they share is that all of them did extremly well regarding  green and sustainability related issues. It still is a close competition and we all are excited to find out about who will be the winner in the end.”

Jacob Bilabel (Go Group, GMI) stated: “Green trailblazers of the European festival industry will be awarded with the new EFA Green Operations Award. They are the smart operators, who have shown innovative and outstanding approaches in the field of green operations as integral part of their activties.”

The winners will be announced and presented with their accolades at the European Festival Awards gala ceremony, which crowns the opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference and showcase in Groningen, Holland on Wednesday 9th January 2013. The event features a three course gourmet dinner, drinks reception and after show party and is a unique opportunity to celebrate with the leaders of Europe’s festival industry.
Tickets to the event are available here from 30 Euro.

The shortlists of all EFA Awards are announced here.

More background information on the new EFA Green Operations Award here.