This toolkit 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 specializing in environmental sustainability for an emerging network of Mexican festivals.
This opportunity helped us recognize the urgency of addressing climate change within our local context, and also collaborate with Edinburgh Napier University leaders in education with a focus on cultural festival and events management in the United Kingdom, who authored this document. This 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, through reducing the negative impact of carrying out events.
Using practical and updated information, work guides, and concrete examples, this document offers the possibility of a detailed understanding of aspects that need to be considered in order to ensure environmental sustainability when carrying out festivals, thus using the available resources efficiently and in a respectful and sustainable way.
You will also find relevant references regarding the general context, global agreements, and key concepts about sustainability in the twenty-first century.
We hope that these materials allow you to plan and implement your festival, adapting its elements to your needs, resources, and goals.
Barnes, C., Moore, T., Kerr, G., & Ali-Knight, J. (2022). Sustainability Toolkit for Festival Managers