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Visit the most sustainable music festival in the world: DGTL Amsterdam

A glimpse of the most sustainable music festival in the world; DGTL Amsterdam 2022

The DGTL festival in Amsterdam has become the most sustainable electronic music festival in the world and has created a model of circularity which we can only hope will inspire other festivals to follow their path.

The techno festival took place over the weekend of April 16-18, setting new standards for sustainability in the dance music festival space. Their focus on sustainability marks a step change in how large-scale festivals can approach sustainability as they have become the world’s first ‘circular’ festival.

When I first discovered this, I have to say I was a little surprised. I didn’t expect a Techno festival to be the leader in sustainability. It was nice to see the durability swap out the green uniform for a weekend of all-black, booming beats.

Some of the artists featured this year were Artbat, Colyn, AME & Dixon, Monolink (live), Paul Kalkbrenner and Marcel Dettman to name a few.

DGTL Festival is paving the way for a more sustainable future for electronic music events and festivals. Not only do they hope to inspire other events, but they share a framework that can also be applied to cities, essentially reshaping the future of how we live.

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What is circularity and what does it mean for the future of electronic music festivals?

To understand circularity, we must first look at the other end of the spectrum. Most products and resources have a linear lifespan.

This means that they are created and ultimately discarded or destroyed on a single path. Think of single-use plastic bottles, they are made, filled, used and discarded.

Circularity changes this to take products and resources and keep them in use without causing harm to the environment. Nature is a great example of circularity where there is no waste, as plants die and decay they become nutrients for the next cycle.

So how did DGTL move beyond sustainability and into the world of circularity? Let’s take a virtual walk through the festival and see what makes it the most sustainable festival in the world.

The DGTL framework

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Personally, I feel invigorated after writing this and I hope this visit will help you recharge your batteries a bit too. It’s great to see a festival of this size take huge steps forward to inspire the rest of the festival circuit.

We can only hope that this article and the actions they take reach those in decision-making positions at other events. In the meantime, let’s all have a little celebration that there seems to be a bright future for all of us thanks to the great people at DGTL Amsterdam.