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Festivals of the Future
Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Back 12 (up) | 16:30 - 17:30
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), Michal Kaščák Pohoda Festival (SK)

Festival | Event production | Sustainability

English spoken

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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

    Jasper Goossen DGTL (NL)

    Jasper is partner and founder at Apenkooi Events. Apenkooi was founded in 2004 and started as a small party in Utrecht. Nowadays Apenkooi is a stronghold in the Amsterdam festival landscape with festivals like DGTL. Amsterdam Open Air, Straf_Werk and Pleinvrees.

    Apenkooi Events is the music event company of the next generation. By always bringing new talent, the best artists and using our creativity while constantly seeking innovations, we turn every festival into a true playground. Having fun while involving and interacting with the next generation is our objective for the years to come

  • Michal Kaščák

    Michal Kaščák Pohoda Festival (SK)

    Michal Kaščák (1972) is a promoter, musician, composer and lyricist. Pohoda is an art festival where alternative, indie, electronic, punk and world music meet classical music, along with literature, dance, visual arts, film and theatre. The Pohoda team also organises concerts and small festivals, such as the Doma dobre festival for homeless people. Derek Robertson of Drowned in Sound: “The organisation is superb. Compared to UK festivals this is Utopia. In fact, it’s one of the most well-behaved festival crowds I have ever witnessed...”.


  • Claire O'Neill

    Claire O'Neill A Greener Festival (GB)

    Co-Founder of A Greener Festival (AGF), Creative and Aerialist with Arcadia Spectacular, and organizer of the Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI).

    Claire’s 2006 research led to the formation of AGF, which has since assessed 500 events worldwide through The Greener Festival Award, trained 100 assessors, and founded GEI in London. Claire leads AGF consultancy, for clients such as the Royal Horticultural Society and Westminster City.

    Claire is part of the core creative team in many roles and responsibilities over the years, including agent, show manager, creative producer, and sustainability manager. Claire can also be found spinning from the cranes of the iconic Spider Stage, performing alien abductions, or bungeeing over the heads of 50,000 gasping Glastonbury Festival revellers. Claire is also within the central management for the global touring shows.

    Claire’s career has included Label New Media and Licensing Manager, General Manager of the Association of Independent Festivals, and varied festival management roles.