The 15,000-capacity Øya Festival, has been invited to join the advisory board for the city of Oslo as it becomes European Green Capital this year.
The event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, was awarded an ‘Outstanding’ award by festival environmental charity A Greener Festival (AGF), having succeeded in powering the entire event with sustainable electricity, while also hand sorting festival waste leading to 70 per cent re-use, according to the organisers.
It will now play an active role advising the city on sustainability issues.
“The European Green Capital will consist of a huge number of events throughout the year,” says the festival’s sustainability manager Kleiva Møller.
“Øya was asked to contribute with expertise in making these events greener. We hope to use the year to show Oslo and Europe our solutions for a greener city life.
“A festival like ours is a great place to pilot new environmental solutions – and we love to show our audience new technology, transport solutions, sustainable food or waste management that might be implemented on a city wide scale.”
The festival is headlined by The Cure, Robyn and Tame Impala, while tickets are 2,954 Norwegian krone ($343).