It is important for us to organize a festival in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. We care about the environment, our ecological footprint and social aspects of the sustainability.
Points of attentions at Viljandi Folk Music Festival 2019:
- Reusing and recycling materials
- Collecting and sorting waste
- Reducing and compensating our ecological footprint
- Accessibility and safety
- Alternative means of transport
- Social equality
We use recycled materials to design the stages and the festival area. Most of the materials have seen many festivals already and will, in different forms, see many festivals to come. We organize different collecting actions, if needed, to reuse old clothes, records etc in the organizational works of the festival.
The youth of ETHNO camp will have a uniform by printing the ETHNO logo on the old T-shirts they bring along themselves.
We create many products on the principles of recycling. For example, in collaboration with NGO Workshops (which focuses on creating working opportunities for mentally challenged people), the old fabric banners get a new life as bags for folk friends. With the help of Estonian Native Crafts Department of Viljandi Cultural Academy, we have recycled the old festival T-shirts by printing new patterns on them or by turning them into new products altogether. We offer pure drinking water to everyone and we invite everyone to refill their bottles and cups before and during the festival to reduce the amount of plastic bottles bought at the festival.
COLLECTING AND SORTING WASTE
We use compostable dishes in our team catering. One of the important criteria when choosing caterers, is the use of biodegradable food containers. Most of our caterers are following that guideline. The most progressive caterers serve drinks in reusable cups. We pay attention to collecting different types of waste materials and we also expect this from the festival caterers. We collect paper, film, biological, oil and glass waste.