Every January, Long Beach, California’s Aquarium of the Pacific hosts the Festival of Human Abilities, celebrating the talent of disabled artists, performers and athletes. For two programming-packed days, visitors can wander a venue where the full spectrum of humanity is on display, doing things that are truly amazing — no matter who you are. On tonight’s PUSH GIRLS, you’ll get a little taste of the festival, and we’re betting it’ll make you want to see even more.
Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today announced that HRH The Prince of Wales will introduce the Worldwide Theatrical Premiere screening of the film HARMONY: A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT OUR WORLD at the first-ever Sundance London film and music festival on 28 April at The O2. HRH will be joined by Sundance Institute President & Founder Robert Redford.
What’s the environmental footprint of the average music festival? Add up the following factors:
Transportation energy: all of those fans, bands and vendors have to get there.
On-site energy: from stage lights to refrigeration, many elements of a festival require electricity… sometimes a lot of it.
Trash: just feeding hundreds, or thousands, of people can send literally tons of waste to the landfill
Water: Lots of people generally means lots of toilets flushing… and hands being washed… and thirsts being quenched.
OK, we don’t have exact numbers, but you can see that 2-4 days of music and fun can create quite an impact. A number of festivals around the world have decided to address that impact; others have built their events around ecological awareness. In both cases, organizers are addressing resource use and efficiency, and trying lighten the load of these events on the planet.