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Tour The Worlds Most Sustainable Music Festival: DGTL Amsterdam

The techno festival created a blueprint for the future of sustainable music events
DGTL Amsterdam

A look inside the world's most sustainable music festival; DGTL Amsterdam 2022

DGTL festival in Amsterdam has become the world's most sustainable electronic music festival and created a blueprint for circularity that we can only hope inspires other festivals to follow their path. 

The techno festival took place over the weekend of April 16-18th creating new standards of sustainability in the dance music festival space. Their emphasis on sustainability marks a radical shift in how large-scale festivals can approach sustainability as they have become the world's first "circular" festival.

When I first found out about this I have to say I was a bit surprised. I wasn’t expecting a Techno festival to be the leader in sustainability. It was nice to see sustainability exchange the green uniform for a weekend of all-black and booming beats. 

Some of the featured acts 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. They hope to not only inspire other events, but they share a framework that can also be applied to cities, essentially reshaping the future of the way we live.

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What is Circularity and what does this 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. 

That means they are created and eventually discarded or destroyed on a single path. Think single-use plastic bottles, they are made, filled, used, and discarded. 

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

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

The DGTL Framework

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I personally feel re-energized after writing this and hope this tour helps to recharge your batteries a little as well. It's great to see a festival of this size take considerable steps forward to inspire the rest of the festival circuit. 

We can only hope this article and the steps that they are taking reach those in the decision-making positions at other events. In the meantime let's all celebrate a little that there seems to be a bright future for us all thanks to the wonderful folks over at DGTL Amsterdam.

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