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Ecological sustainability

To organize a festival of contemporary music in the 21st century is to fall into some energy-consuming faults of our consumer society, a society of entertainment that likes to broadcast music with amplification, in general at night with great reinforcement of artificial lights, by bringing stars and stars from all over the world by plane for just a few hours, and by mobilizing the public as many as possible and from as far away as possible, with important means of communication, many prints and chemical inks, not to mention public generated waste… Nothing ecological in our activity, however noble and beautiful it may be.

 

Conceived in the midst of a crisis to help build the world after, the Jazz à la Petite France festival wished from its first edition to develop on another model, more sustainable, which is being invented and built little by little.

From the first edition, the identity of the festival is designed to obtain the lowest possible carbon footprint, in a concern for respect for the environment and contribution to the ecological transition. We have clarified certain principles following the release of the Shift project report in November 2021, concerning the cultural sector. This report analyses and synthesizes the carbon balances of several festivals and operators in the sector, in order to establish appropriate recommendations. It is available from this link.

Jazz à la Petite France :

• Creates a short supply chain between artists and audiences: artists travel by train or by car (to avoid planes and energy-consuming tour buses); the public comes from the city of Strasbourg, the regions of Alsace and the Grand Est, and the neighboring Rhine basin ;

• Takes place in the hyper-center of the city, at a site serviced by all forms of public transport, easily accessible by bike, and a ten-minute walk from the SNCF train station; the festival recommends carpooling, and is not easily accessible by car (historical pedestrian area); artist transport is provided via Citiz shared vehicles ;

• Takes place mainly during the day and ends at nightfall ;

• Uses electricity supplied by the urban electrical grid ;

• Respects health constraints and takes place outdoors in a large, open space ;

• Does not produce plastic or eco-cups: we prefer to rent these from other partner festivals; we refuse customization (e.g., printing the name of the festival on cups), which is a source of pollution. The same goes for currency tokens ;

• Offers organic and local food and beverages for public consumption, in a short supply chain ;

• Keeps red meat off the menu and has used a vegetarian catering service since 2022 ;

• Implements waste sorting ;

• Chooses “green” service providers who implement environmentally respectful approaches for our communication and printing needs. In 2024, the prints are made locally at Absurd Impression. Organic cotton T-shirts (Stanley & Stella) and Tote-bags (recycled cotton) are printed via Ikone, in small quantities ;

• Collaborates with the Nigloo association for the installation and management of dry toilets on site ;

• Sturm Production is a member of the national Arviva “Living Arts, Sustainable Arts” network, a body founded with the aim of conceptualizing and developing the most ecologically friendly ways to pursue cultural activities.

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