15 August 2008
The founding partner of Virtual Festivals Europe.
Yourope (www.yourope.org) was founded in November 1998. The association currently has over 50 members which are among the most well established festivals in Europe. All Yourope's members are dedicated to improving the European festival scene in terms of working conditions, health and safety music talent.
The overall aim of the association is to collaborate and share best practice, and to pinpoint areas that would benefit from a joint approach. Yourope is founding partner of the European Talent Exchange Programm http://www.etep.nl/ and the live music lobby European Live Music Forum http://www.elmf.eu/.
Since 2006, Yourope, in cooperation with the ILMC Safety Focus Group, organised six health & safety seminars for festival security staff from all over Europe. More activities will follow in the upcoming year.
In 2006/7, the association launched environmental guidelines for music festivals. The original printed booklet "Green'n'Clean" has been supplementedbby a new online tool, providing festival organisers with customised environmental advice plus a “Green’n’Clean Award” for festivals who achieve a defined number of criterias in terms of environmental measures. In 2008, there are plans to launch a series of seminars about sustainability with strong partners.
Besides that, Yourope will also works on other key topics in the upcoming years to create even more value for its members and the festival business as such.
Yourope Contact Details:
The European Festival Association
General Secretary: Christof Huber
Phone ++41 71 223 41 01
Fax ++41 71 223 41 09