Ambiosonic

   Since the creation of the association ‘Trois plus Un' in 2004, the association has strategically aimed to organise events that focus on the reduction of the environmental impact. Since its beginning Ambiosonic has been recognised as an eco-friendly festival, due to the commitment and drive of the festival ethos. Following a specific request from the region of PACA (Province Alpes Côte d’Azur) studies were made to take a closer look at the actions that the festival was already taking and objectives and solutions were created to increase its value as an eco-friendly festival. The festival gained attention and the selection for the AGIR program “Action Globale Innovante pour la Région”, Innovative Global Action for the Region, thanks to the implementation of these objectives and solutions inspired from the studies that had been conducted by the region. We participate on a reduced scale in many other major festivals in the PACA region and also with work groups organised by “la Plateforme Aér” which accompanies eco-responsible festivals.

   Thanks to our size, our setting and theme we are able to create a greater environmental vision and expand our environmental awareness and impact reduction. We are also grateful to our festival participants for joining us in our commitment to the environment.

   Some distinctive features our festival has to offer :

  • due to the fact the festival is on the same site for the past six years, we have built permanent infrastructure of which we are always evolving to provide a higher quality experience
  • It is possible to experiment on some innovative environmental solutions without having a disastrous impact in case the experiment fails
  • all festival participants stay within the festival site for the duration of the festival allowing them to be emerged by the concept of the festival and the ecological way of life
  • the festival site is entirely accessible to children , including the low sound level of the sound system
  • we are completely autonomous in our water supply, both for drinking water and solar showers
  • a major part of the recycling and waste recovery takes place on the site

 

   We have implemented at least fifty environmental actions for the creation of an eco-friendly festival. You will find that we don't mention sustainable development (a phrase which is a contradiction in terms). Neither will you see mention of the protection of the environment (which is used in marketing products that “protect” the environment….), we aim only to reduce the impact that we make on the environment. In other words, the path that we all need to move towards is to respond to and act on two fundamental questions to become active: “Is it really necessary?” and in this case “What is the solution that supports most Nature”. Unfortunately it is not so simple; we are constantly bombarded by misleading information which leads us to not having the full knowledge of the direct and indirect implementation to accomplish our ideas. To help us to simplify this decision-making, we direct ourselves to reflect on the fact that the modern society is based on growth and in particular an industrialised mind-set with the goal to encourage us to over-consume. This vision gives us a complete other angle of attack. The rubbish for example, instead of focusing on the sorting for recycling, we aim at simply not creating the rubbish in the first place. We don’t claim to have all the solutions, only those that are adapted to our event in regards to what methods and skills we have at our disposal. We are constantly searching for improving the experience for the festival goers so that they can take away some of the solutions and ideas from the festival into their everyday life. We hope that the way of life we share during the festival helps individuals make the changes in their life and also share with others to become more environmentally aware. As a partner to other festival during the course of the year, we share our know-how with them to assist in creating more eco-friendly festivals.

   The following section is a list of some of our ecological actions and their respective strengths. The different components used in the implementing of these ecological actions are not detailed here but just the essential nature of these actions. The common point in all these is that they are sustainable systems.

  • Eco-friendly festival (with a focus on minimising the environmental impact of the event and sharing this concept of eco-responsibility within and outside the festival)
  • Ambient music (soothing, stimulating well-being, helping artists perform who are excluded from the commercial music scene)
  • A botanical discovery pathway (a gateway to the natural cultural heritage, entertaining without waste products)
  • Land-Art Decor ( no use of energy required, all local natural resources, promotes an appreciation for the beauty of nature, not leaving landmarks, time evolving, no waste products)
  • Environmental Art Decor (no use of energy required, promotes an appreciation for local heritage and natural forms in the environment, not leaving landmarks, time evolving, no waste products)
  • Lighting of public areas by solar L.E.D.s (total autonomy, automatic, no electrical grid, limited light pollution, little impact on nocturnal animals, 100% of the festival site serviced)
  • Solar detector L.E.D. lighting for the toilets and isolated areas that light up on arrival. (total autonomy, automatic, presence detection, cost-effective, limited light pollution due to detectors, little impact on nocturnal animals, 100% of the festival site serviced)
  • Decor Lighting by L.E.D.s (fittings discreet and in proximity to decor, limited light pollution due to detectors , very low voltage without risk of combustion or electrocution, very high efficiency, supplied by accumulated solar energy without drawing on any other energy source)
  • Stage lighting by L.E.D.s (fittings discreet and in proximity, limited light pollution due to detectors , very low voltage without risk of combustion or electrocution, very high efficiency, unbreakable, a very long life span of the light generating element, light-weight, without loss of lighting strength, supplied by thin cables deriving from an accumulated solar energy source, innovative artistic creation)
  • Equalised hemispherical sound system (a contained sound zone, sound pressure distributed equally within the zone, accessible to young children, spatialisation of sound, high quality environmental)
  • Solar electric reserve (lighting and sound autonomy on stage, very high efficiency, supplied by accumulated solar energy without drawing on any other energy source, no pollution)
  • Water supply pre-festival from underground spring water (no permanent water network installations, very high quality water, non-treated, no extraction by aquifer levels)
  • Solar heating for the sanitation systems: the kitchen and staff/artists and camping showers. Pre-festival accumulation system without heat exchanger (no upkeep, no breakdowns, 0% energy use)
  • Solar refrigerant accumulator (cold accumulation pre-festival, Solar photovoltaic pumping, no energy use, use of cold at the source)
  • Wood and combustible cooking furnace (use of local dead wood, avoids GHG production during decomposition, renewable energy, no transport necessary)
  • Wood collection (cleaning of forest, apprenticeship of local tree species, increasing awareness of our use of materials and energy, active social participation during the festival, festive)
  • Reusable kegs (easy storing and handling, no waste products)
  • Freshly-squeezed fruit juices made to order (local seasonal fruit, promotion of local produce, without waste products, the peels are composted on site, complete conservation of the vitamins between production and consummation, no use of energy except that of the person pressing)
  • Reusable cups and dishes ( no waste products,meal underwear comfort)
  • Solar drying room (continual flow and reduction of dishes, no energy use)
  • Composting squat toilettes (the highest quality in sanitation, silent, recovering local compost, sawdust provided from local woodworks that was original destined for destruction and ashes saved during winter)
  • Doses used for sawdust in composting toilets (food actuator to guarantee good hygiene, rationing, recycling of woodworks wastes, washing of hands without water)
  • Composting on site (compost recovery demonstration, no transport necessary, no wastes exported from site)
  • Rubbish bins provided that separate each waste type (recycling and recovery of waste, direct usage of waste materials on site, fun, educational and awareness raising)
  • Organic filter and recuperation of waste water (recuperation of washing-up water)
  • Construction/creation with recycled carton (recycling of waste products, creative, recreational)
  • Reforestation of urbane City Garden (saving the new growth that were destined to be destroyed, multiplying and enriching urbane living zones, increases the biodiversity)
  • 'No junk mail’ stickers for letter boxes (creating awareness of advertising waste and reducing unwanted printed paper)
  • Paperless advertising (information always updated, no rubbish, no use of transport, information targeted, dynamic exchange from different information sources, a great depth of information sources and contexts, external solicitation)
  • Eco-friendly internet site (exchanging environmental conscious practices, testing of innovative solutions, reports and follow-ups of environmental impacts, no rubbish, information is constantly updated, universal access to spread information, graphic chard corresponding with events)
  • Information panels (information on environmental gestures, specific simple instructions of use)
  • Conferences (creation of awareness of independent industry methods, exciting communication and thoughts shared between festival goers)
  • Eco-festival exchange (discovery of methods, means, technics, solutions, external ideas and concepts gained from visions of outside parties, cohesion and conviviality, the enriching the ideas of environmentalism and diversity)
  • Environmental Artists Label (transportability and transversality of environmental practices in relation to events, creation of awareness and responsibility of artists)
  • Paperless ticketing (no waste creation, festival entrance fluidity, the fact that there is communication with festival goers at the point of their registration, no transportation of tickets)
  • Internal festival shuttle with horse and carriage (the use of renewable energy, very little waste which is recuperated, local service, promotion of the region's heritage, discovery of alternative modes of transport, promotion of human/animal relationships, a visualisation of the relationship between energy and transport)
  • Car-share and public transport (reduction of the carbon imprint, optimising modes of transport, reduction in the number of voyages, conviviality)
  • Festival goers and participants communal shuttle (reduction of the carbon imprint, optimising modes of transport, reduction in the number of voyages, transport concentration, conviviality)

and a lot of more !