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Sustainability Toolkit for Festival Managers

This Sustainability Toolkit for Festival Managers emerged as part of the Cultura Circular (Circular Culture) programme, a British Council initiative in Mexico focused on promoting a culture of sustainability in the festival sector. The programme envisioned a plan to promote artistic cooperation and exchange between Mexico and the United Kingdom, as well as a training module specialising in environmental sustainability for an emerging network of Mexican festivals.

The toolkit was created in order to accompany professionals working on producing and promoting cultural festivals (directors, producers, promoters, operational teams, people in charge of communication and logistics, volunteers, as well as technicians, among others) who seek to include and improve their strategies favouring the environment, by reducing the negative impact of carrying out events.


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This Sustainability Toolkit is strategically designed to help arts and culture festivals develop a sustainable future. It answers several questions related to sustainability. Why is sustainability important for host destinations? What is involved? In addition, what are the different methods that can be adapted to ensure the best possible sustainable practices? Taking inspiration from academic literature and sustainable practices globally, the toolkit explores the methods and motivation behind the importance of sustainability to the planet. The toolkit also explores how festivals can be a driving force for change in the fight for a united sustainable future.

Key Highlights

The toolkit covers the following:

1. Introduction
2. Recognised sustainability
3. Towards zero waste and food at festivals
4. Communicating festival green measures and greening your festivals
5. Putting green knowledge into best practice

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