Vision 2025 celebrates reaching 100 members

Pictured: At AIF Congress. Left to Right: Chris Johnson, Bethan Riach, Ben Robinson

The festival sustainability campaign, Festival Vision 2025, has topped 100 members with the ‘From the Fields’ portfolio joining the festivals pledging to reduce their carbon footprint by 50% by 2025.

With the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) community gathered in Sheffield for the 2019 AIF Congress to discuss issues ranging from mental health to festival economics, Chris Johnson, Vision 2025 founder, participated in the panel ‘Garden of Eden: A Vision for A Sustainable Industry’, stated: “It is time critical that we act now. It’s great to see more members of the festival community engaging to reduce their carbon impact, getting onboard Vision 2025 and seizing the moment to play their part in helping tackle the climate emergency.”

From the Field portfolio of six festivals includes Kendal Calling, Bluedot and Inner City Electronic, which joins other Vision 2025 members; including Festival Republic’s Download, BBC Proms in the Park, Wireless, Leeds and Reading, along with AIF members such as Shambala, Hay Festival, Manchester Pride and Kew The Music.

Ben Robinson, director at From The Fields, commented: “We have initiated many successful sustainable initiatives across our festivals in recent years and we recognise the spirit of collaboration to share and promote knowledge and best practice embodied by Vision 2025.”