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A Greener Festival announces first round of 2012 awards

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A Greener Festival has announced its first list of festivals to be awarded a badge for eco-friendliness for their 2012 events. Several fests have been awards ‘Outstanding’ status, including Croissant Neuf Summer Party in the UK and Øya Festival in Norway. A further list of winners will be published next month.

A Greener Festival co-founder Ben Challis told CMU: “It has been a challenging year for festivals – in the UK the number of events applying dropped off slightly, with a number of high profile cancellations including previous Greener Festival Award winners such as Sonisphere and the Big Chill. Other events were seriously affected by the terrible British summer, meaning they felt unable to apply, and poor ticket sales affected other events. But elsewhere there was good news and we had our first South American and first South African entrants, and strong interest in Europe, although the recession again took its toll”.

The list of winners so far is as follows:

The Open’er Festival (Czech Republic, Commended)
The Radio 1 Hackney Weekend (UK, Improving))
Larmer Tree Garden Festival (UK, Improving)
Planet Madrid (Spain, Improving)
Universo Parallelo (Brazil, Commended)
Manchester Christmas Markets (UK, Commended)
Deici Giorni Suonati (Italy, Commended)
Bonnaroo (USA, Highly Commended)
Primavera Sound (Highly Commended, Spain)
Día de la Música (Highly Commended, Spain)
Shambala (Outstanding, UK)
Cambridge Folk Festival (Highly Commended, UK)
Ilosaarirock (Outstanding, Finland)
We Love Green (Outstanding, France)
Welcome To The Future (Highly Commended, Netherlands)
Malmöfestivalen (Highly Commended, Sweden)
SOS 4:8 (Highly Commended, Spain)
Boom (Outstanding, Portugal)
Oya Festival (Outstanding, Norway)
Sunrise Celebration (Outstanding, UK)
Croissant Neuf Summer Party (Outstanding, UK)
Bluesfest (Commended, Australia),
Fairbridge Folk Festival (Improving, Australia),
Woodford Folk Festival (Commended, Australia),
Splendor In The Grass (Highly Commended, Australia),
The Falls Music & Arts Festival (Highly Commended, Australia),
Island Vibe Festival (Highly Commended, Australia)
WOMADelaide (Commended, Australia)

AGF has also announced the shortlist for a new Green Inspiration award, nominated by a team of volunteer green auditors, which are as follows:

Shambala Festival for its Surplus Supper Club food recycling project
Africa Express for their UK tour, on board their own train
Planeta Madrid (Spain) for its on-site bicycle eco-tours
We Love Green in Paris (France) for its ‘immaculate’ and site wide compost toilets
Boom Festival (Portugal) for its on-site STAR waste water recycling scheme
Sunrise Celebration for its multi stream recycling stations
Dieci Giorni Sounati (Italy) for its inspired holistic green planning
Food and farming alliance Sustain’s Good Food Guide for Festivals
Eco Action Partnership for the ‘Love Your Tent’ campaign to reduce campsite waste
Open’er (Czech Republic) for its on-site bio-digesters

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