Hungary’s most popular summer festival, Sziget Festival, which recently received the international Greener Festival Award from the European Festivals Association, just received double the recognition in 2020. It also took home the ‘Greener Innovations’ award of the AGF Awards, held in the Royal Garden Hotel in London on March 3rd.
The Greener Festival aims to help different events and festivals create and promote environmentally friendly practices around the world, Sziget said in a statement. The AGF recognized the ‘greenest’ festivals for the second time, and this time the Island of Freedom was ranked first in the Greener Innovations category.
The festival took home the prize for its innovative “Mama Earth Eatery” introduced last year. Meals at the food court were prepared with a low carbon footprint, while leftovers and plastic cutlery and plates were processed locally in a mobile composter, Sziget officials said.
Sziget officials said they used the turf produced in the process for the re-cultivation of the festival’s site on the Óbuda Island. Chief organizer Tamás Kádár said that “Sziget’s main mission is to create the foundations for a sustainable festival,” adding that “this is why we have prepared a long-term plan to meet this goal, which we will present in April, on the occasion of Earth Day.”
Sziget also won a green festival award in Groningen, the Netherlands, in January.
In February, the festival announced the first 80 names in its 2020 line-up, including Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Kings Of Leon, Major Lazer, The Strokes, Khalid, Stormzy, Foals, Mark Ronson, and Foster The People, among others.
Hungary Today also spent time on the Island of Freedom in 2019, which was named the “Best Overseas Festival” at this year’s UK Festival Awards. Our journalists checked out the crazy outfits of the Islanders, enjoyed the concerts, and even listened to the lecture of renowned primatologist, environmentalist, and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall in the spirit of Sziget’s main message, ‘Love Revolution.’ We also asked some foreigners at the festival about Hungary and our readers also received a small virtual tour on the Island of Freedom.