Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Back 12 (up) | 16:30 - 17:30
Presented by: A Greener Festival & GO Group

Festivals of the Future

Jacob Bilabel Good Life Academy, Green Music Initiative (DE), Jasper Goossen DGTL (NL)

Festival | Event production

English spoken

Making a huge impact with a low impact on the planet: this is how the future is being built. This panel will show some of the latest ideas, goals and the progress of various smart systems, modules and solutions. From the circular economy to hydrogen energy - these measures will be implemented at the festivals and events of the future and this panel will show you how.


  • Jacob Bilabel

    Jacob Bilabel Good Life Academy, Green Music Initiative (DE)

    Jacob Sylvester Bilabel is founder of the Green Music Initiative, a pan European Think-Do Tank for the music and entertainment industry to create a smarter and greener future for the sector. The not-for-profit venture brings together more than 350 festivals and 500 venues and reaches out to more than 3 million young Europeans through its activities. In 2018 he was appointed as part of a research consortium developing emission free off- grid hydrogen generator sets for festivals, events and construction sites. In 2016 he took the next step in his journey and launched the Good Life Academy in Germany and Switzerland. The Good Life Academy offers innovative, practical and easy to use personal development tools for people of all ages to transform their lives for good. Being a mediocre but passionate surfer, a Kundalini Yoga teacher and fan of the great outdoors his credo is: "Talk without action equals zero".. Jacob is living happily in Berlin with his wife and two dogs

  • Jasper Goossen DGTL (NL)


  • Holger Jan Schmidt

    Holger Jan Schmidt GO Group, Take A Stand (DE)

    Holger Jan Schmidt is ambassador and project manager of the international Take A Stand initiative and campaign for the (live) music sector, which was launched in 2017 to create a movement encouraging social cohesion in our society as well as promoting awareness and tolerance.

    Holger is one of Europe's leading networkers in the music festival branch with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. He leads the pan-european think-tank GO Group (Green Operations Europe) and works as anchorman for green issues of Yourope (the European Festival Association). He is board member of the German Sounds for Nature Foundation e.V., that focuses on sustainability related and environmental issues at events.

    Holger looks back at more than twenty years with Germany's biggest admission-free festival RhEINKULTUR in Bonn with a daily audience of 160,000 being in leading position from 1998 till the festival's last edition in 2011. Today Schmidt is booker and consultant for Das Fest in Karlsruhe, one of Germany's major festivals with a capacity of 80,000 visitors per day.

    He holds a diploma in media economics from Rheinische Fachhochschule Cologne and was a lecturer for "Sustainable Festival- and Eventmanagement" at Hochschule Fresenius (University of Applied Science) in Cologne and Duesseldorf. Also he is an active musician himself.