Fields of Green was a one year research project (April 2015 – April 2016) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council exploring the environmental sustainability of Scotland’s music festivals and their capacity to enable ‘greener’ audience behaviours within the temporary communities formed during such events.
The project aimed to lay the foundations for a future community of practice of music festival organisers and artists working together towards a greener Scotland.
Project partners came from a range of disciplines and backgrounds including sociology of music (Matt Brennan, University of Edinburgh), urban planning and environmental management (Angela Connely, University of Lancaster, creative practice and songwriting (Jo Collinson-Scott, University of the West of Scotland) and arts and sustainability organisation (Gemma Lawrence, Creative Carbon Scotland
The project had a number of key strands:
A key aim of the project was to help establish a network of music festival organisers, artists, service providers and industry professionals working together on sustainable practices.
A next steps guide for music festival organisers was produced by the Fields of Green team and launched at Wide Days Music Industry Convention in April 2016. The guide gathers key actions and initiatives being taken by Scottish music festivals to green their events and engage artists and audiences.
Interested in getting involved in greening Scotland’s music festivals? Join Creative Carbon Scotland’s Green Arts Initiative – a growing community of cultural organisations and events committed to reduce the negative environmental impacts of their activities and contributing to a more sustainable Scotland.
If you’d like to find out more about how others are engaging with this work check out the following reports:
The Show Must Go On (2015)
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A project initiated by Edinburgh’s Festivals with key partners the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network
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