Digital Green Energy Mill Tour

After two years of building, testing, and refining, the GEM Tower was supposed to start its European festival tour this summer. Due to COVID-19 the original plan has been changed. Instead of showcasing the GEM Tower at festivals, a video series has been developed in which the GEM team talks with festival organisers about sustainability in the event industry. Each Friday a new video will be published here, as well as on the GEM website. Enjoy!

GEM Tower in action – Fieldlab Smartbase (May 22, 2020)
After weeks of GEM being in lockdown, it’s finally time to bring out the tower and to run tests. The GEM-Tower is now located at the Fieldlab Smartbase, a military base from the Dutch Ministry of Defense in Ede-Driesprong (NL).

In this sixth episode we’re speaking with Xander Beks from the Ministry of Defense, Maarten Arkenbout from Pieter Smit Group and members of the GEM Team.

Festival 5 – SAIL Amsterdam (May 8, 2020)
In this fifth episode we’re speaking with Nathan Wiersma, the executive producer of SAIL Amsterdam SAIL Amsterdam is the largest maritime event in Europe. Once every five years, over 600 ships from all over the world arrive in the Port of Amsterdam.

Festival 4 – Rock for People (May 1, 2020)
In this fourth episode we’re speaking with Brenda Dobrovicsova, who is responsible for all non-musical entertainment at the Rock for People Festival. Rock for People is one of the largest open-air summer music festivals in the Czech Republic. This year was supposed to be the 26th edition and 30.000 people would have attended. The festival features both Czech and international acts of various genres.

Festival 3 – Glastonbury (April 24, 2020)
In this third episode the GEM team is speaking with Sam Hermitage, who helps Glastonbury Festival become more sustainable with his company Green Futures Festivals. Glastonbury is a five-day music and arts festival, held on a dairy farm in Somerset, in South West England. The 2020 edition was supposed to be Glastonbury’s 50th.

Festival 2 – Scouting Textel (April 17, 2020)
In this second video we speak with Chris Seggelink about Scouting Texel. Scouting Texel was supposed to start in May, with over 1.300 scouts participating in the event. Sustainability has always been a big part of scouting but at this point even more so.

Festival 1 – Paaspop (April 10, 2020)
Paaspop (NL) officially kicks off the festival season in the Netherlands. Therefore, it’s the first in line in the digital GEM tour.
In this video we speak with Paaspop director Chris Seijkens and project manager Willem Wouters about their view on sustainability in the festival industry.

This project is supported by Interreg North-West Europe.