An investigation into the challenges faced by festival organisers in the attempt to make festivals environmentally sustainable
Wild, Victoria Louise
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of the study was to highlight, explore and evaluate the key challenges that music festival organisers are facing whilst implementing environment protection schemes. This aim was achieved through conducting both primary and secondary research. Exploring the key challenges that festival organisers are facing through a critical analysis of academic literature on the topic of events and the environmental impact in a joint context. Interviews were then conducted with participants from two UK music festivals. The two festivals chosen for the research were Glastonbury festival and Wakestock festival. The results from the interviews were then analysed. The results obtained through both primary and secondary research found that there were several challenges facing festival organisers as they attempt to make festivals environmentally sustainable, some of which included; The challenge of satisfying the needs of the stakeholders particularly when the needs of the different stakeholder groups may not be the same. Control was another challenge as it was discovered that festival organisers may not have the full control to make some elements of the festival environmentally sustainable. A third challenge highlighted was that of insufficient, information, education and training available for the festival organisers on the issue of environmentally sustainable events. A fourth challenge highlighted was that there was not enough support being given to the festival organisers as they attempt to make festivals environmentally sustainable. These challenges were found to be having an impact on the organiser's attempts to make the festival sustainable. Affecting the efficiency of the schemes and affecting the overall success of creating an environmentally sustainable festival.
MSc Events Management
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