Amsterdam as the dance industry's hub
The first edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) was held in 1995, and since then it has grown into a one of the most important dance conferences worldwide. It now features 450 events and 2,200 artists over five days in 140 clubs and venues. Every year, the ADE Festival attracts 365,000 festival visitors from around the globe and is truly the biggest international club festival covering the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres.
A key component of the conference is ADE Green, which will take place on 19 October. ADE Green focuses on sustainable, ecologically responsible practices for the global dance-music industry. The event is a collaboration between ID&T and ADE.
ADE Green investigates the ways that festival organisers can make their festivals greener and more sustainable, including adjustments to power consumption, waste management, water use and transport. Similarly, changes to food stock can make a big difference; for example, by only offering local, vegetarian or organic food. Using non-disposable cups can also reduce waste.
Amsterdam welcomes green solutions
The City of Amsterdam has also invited festival organisers to come up with ideas for reducing waste. The five best ideas at ADE Green will be given seed money to help develop their ideas into viable green businesses.
The first four winners were: