The Cradle to Cradle enchanted Dutch town Venlo is hosting the 5th FreeFunk festival this year. Last year, the festival’s turntables and LED-lightshow were powered by 12 solar panels, home trainers (!) and wind turbines. This year, the FreeFunk Festival will reduce its environmental footprint even more with 60 solar panels on the main stage to power the audiovisual equipment. Because waste is a big problem at such events, all the waste will be collected and separated for recycling. Cups and food containers, the biggest waste-creators at festivals, will be biodegradable, as are the free ponchos that will be handed out in case it rains.
The idea behind making this a sustainable event is not only to reduce its negative impact, but also to show people that doing things in a sustainable way is possible, whatever the project.
Because of the massive effort by both government and industry in Venlo to design and make things from cradle to cradle, and as a preparation for the Floriade 2012 (World Horticulture Fair), a platform for eco innovation, socially responsible business and sustainability has been set up. The FreeFunk Festival intends to create a link between the industry and young professionals by using and promoting sustainable and durable technology at this two-day event. The result will be eliminating pollution and informing visitors about the locally available sustainable technologies.
FreeFunk Festival is free and will be held on the 5th and 6th of July at the Julianapark in Venlo, the Netherlands. Some of the techno, funk, jazz, house and hip hop performing artists this year will be Pete Philly & Perquisite, Michel de Hey, Gregor Salto, Wighnomy Brothers, Gabriel Ananda and Aux Raus.