Festival Vision:2025 at The Showman’s Show

Festival Vision:2025 at The Showman’s Show

The 70+ festival organisers signed up to the Vision:2025 pledge to cut the environmental impacts of their events will come together for their annual conference at the Showman’s Show on 17 October, 2018. Hosted by industry think-tank Powerful Thinking, the day will bring together key figures from the festival industry to share their experiences and expertise, and green-minded event suppliers and support organisations.

Vision:2025 at The Showman’s Show Programme 
Wednesday 17th October, 2018

13.00 Arrivals & Welcome: Johnny Lance (The Showman’s Show) & Graham Brown (Powerful Thinking/ Plaster PR)
13:05 Festival Vision: 2025 Update: Bethan Riach (Powerful Thinking)
13:10 Keynote: Paul Reed (CEO, Association of Independent Festivals): The power  of festival communities and collaboration to catalyse change.
13:25 Progressive Power & Energy: Hosted by Graham Brown (Plaster PR)

  • Lloyd Lawson (S2VS): Electric vehicle charging for events
  • Matt Collins (ide Systems): Next generation remote monitoring systems
  • Robert Miles (Immersa): Is battery storage the future?
  • Tim Benson (Smart Power Ltd) How to plan for Smarter Power at events
  • Catherine Bottrill (Julie’s Bicycle)Biofuel sourcing made simple
14:25 Festival Focus’ Panel + Q&A —Steve Heap (AFO) talks to event organisers about the challenges of tackling environmental impacts and the initiatives that worked in 2018. With panel guests:  Kate Doyle (Broadwick Live), Joe Buirski (Fire in the Mountain), Mary Corfield (Greenbelt) & Henry Taylor (Shambala Festival).
14:55 Tea & coffee break
15:10 The Showman’s Show Green Supplier Award: YOUR VOTE COUNTS. Three shortlisted suppliers pitch their innovations to the audience and panel of judges: Claire O’Neil (A Greener Festival), Paul Reed (AIF), Catherine Bottril (Julie’s Bicycle), Johnny Lance (The Showman’s Show) and Chris Johnson (Powerful Thinking).
15:40 A Toast to the Future’ Panel + Q&AHost Andy Fryers (Hay Festival) talks to  guests about how festivals can cut bar waste & get audiences drinking sustainably. With guests: Zac Fox (Kilimanjaro Live), Luke Howell (Hope Solutions); Alex Hopkins (Green Goblet) and the RAW Foundation.
16:10  Key Topic ‘Roundtable’ Discussions: (4 rotating groups with 15 min a topic)

  • Power: Tenders, contracts & process: The nitty-gritty that will save you ££s with Tim Benson (Smart Power/ZAP Concepts)
  • Waste Plastics – All you need to know about sustainable cup options with Chris Johnson (Shambala Festival), Luke Howell (Hope Solutions) and Rob Scully (ZAP Concepts).
  • Let’s Talk Toilets: understand the impacts of toilet waste at events & discuss solutions to common issues with Virginia Gardiner (Loowatt) & guest supplier
  • Tackling Travel Impacts: Measuring & reducing impacts of audience, crew and supplier travel with host Liz Warwick (Lansdowne Warwick/Cambridge Folk Festival) and guest supplier.
17:10 ‘Join us’ session: Building communities of change with:

  • Julie’s Bicycle & Vision: 2025 (Catherine Botrill & Chris Johnson)
  • Energy Revolution & The Ticketsellers ( Bethan Riach/Mo Jones )
17:30 Networking Drinks: 

Carry on the conversations over an ethically brewed beer  kindly sponsored by The Ticketsellers.

 “This event is where the magic happens; where we get real insights into changes in the industry and into what’s working & what’s not. It’s a space where pioneers in the industry can come together and exchange notes on the season that’s just happened.”

Chris Johnson, Chair of Powerful Thinking

Festivals that have not signed the Vision:2025 pledge but would like to attend can become a member at http://www.festivalvision2025.net

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