Holger Jan Schmidt
ESNS: 2023 , 2024
Holger Jan Schmidt is one of Europe's leading networkers in the music festival branch. Holger is General Secretary of YOUROPE – the European Festival Association, the most important representation of European popular music festivals with more than 100 members from 25 European countries. Among various topics he has a special focus on sustainability and social responsibility for festivals and events. This a part of his duties is the project management 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. He also leads the pan-European think-tank GO Group (Green Operations Europe) that focuses on sustainability related and environmental issues at events.