The conference programme also aims to reflect on current affairs. Topics like sustainability, mental health, the Green Deal and inclusivity will be prominently featured. The need and willingness for change in favor of sustainability is increasing but challenging questions remain. How does green touring work? How can festivals lessen their footprint?
Earlier this year, ESNS already launched Green Touring Support, where artists can propose their transportation plans to the festival and get offered financial compensation for the difference between the conventional option (e.g. travel by airplane) and the greener option (e.g. travel by train) and renting local equipment. Furthermore, during the conference, representatives from Øya Festival (NO) and Roskilde Festival (DK) are present to share examples and best practices from years of working with green transition and sustainable development to inspire everyone.
With the aim to develop green initiatives and meet the EU objectives of reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030, EU officials, industry professionals and climate experts will be brought together in the Going Green Panel. Together, they will take stock of the state of play and exchange views on what needs to be done, what the music sector has already been doing and how the EU might be able to help going forward.