Social commitment and environmental responsibility are part of the DNA of the Cruïlla festival, which this year will take place in Barcelona from July 3-6. Since its inception, the festival has continuously incorporated good practises and established alliances with different social and environmental actors to add positive synergies that contribute to making a better festival for attendees, for Barcelona and for the planet.

Now the festival is expanding and consolidating this commitment by beginning to define a medium-term sustainability strategy, which will be translated into concrete actions already this year.

Cruïlla wants to bet on a global concept of sustainability, which includes both prevention and minimisation of environmental impacts, as well as consideration of social aspects and a relationship with the local community. In addition, this strategy also aims to incorporate the potentialities of the circular economy, not only with the closure of the cycles of materials and energy, but also working on dematerialisation and the collaborative economy.

With all this, the festival’s sustainability strategy will be framed in the United Nations Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, an international initiative in favour of people, the planet and prosperity, which also aims to strengthen universal peace and access to justice. Agenda 2030 is materialised in 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within which Cruïlla aligns and will contribute to the achievement of concrete goals from its role of cultural event and social loudspeaker.

The novelty of this year’s festival is the Cruïlla Talks, a space for reflection and debate on global challenges, in addition to collaborations with leading organisations such as Open Arms, Amnesty International, Oxfam and Greenpeace. But the festival wants to go further and strengthen its links with vulnerable groups to guarantee their right of access to culture, and fight against discrimination, inequalities and aggressions based on gender or sexual orientation.

Cruïlla commits to leading sustainability in music festivals

On this path, the festival has the support and expert advice of Lavola’s corporate sustainability team, within the framework of our Towards Zero Impact service, which helps events of all kinds to minimise their environmental impact and generate a positive social effect.

This sustainability strategy is expected to be deployed this year and in the next three years, in which, with the help of Lavola, Cruïlla wishes to become a reference in the field of sustainability in music festivals and cultural events. This initiative also counts on the collaboration of Gabeiras y Asociados, an ethical firm specialised in environmental law and social and sustainable economy in the cultural field.

In the environmental field, Cruïlla wants to be a festival that works towards zero waste and for the progressive elimination of plastics.

Thus, in this edition we add the substitution of plastic water bottles for reusable glass bottles and the commitment to biodegradable cups. The elimination of plastic soft drink bottles had already been implemented in previous years of the festival.

Other environmental actions will include the promotion of efficient mobility and low-emission energy consumption in order to combat atmospheric pollution and climate change. Additionally it will continue to delve deeper in the reuse of materials, recycling of waste and the prevention of food waste.

On the other hand, Cruïlla will deepen its connection to the local community, both in the direct surroundings of the Forum venue and with the city of Barcelona, also committing to use local suppliers and services/products.

In these challenges, the Cruïlla and Lavola teams work hand in hand with artists, suppliers and collaborators to imbue them with this culture of sustainability and add them to these shared objectives.