earth frequency festival
volunteer and photographer
The Earth Frequency Festival is well known for its great community lifestyle and its “leave no trace” concept. They also offered plenty of options to help the festival being more sustainable. For example a donation for four different kinds of carbon offsets programs were available during the ticket purchase or “Bring-Your-Own-Bottle” (#BYOB) which eliminated single-use plastic water bottles.
It was the first festival where I arrived by plane and luckily got a comfortable ride at 4am in the morning from a crazy local who went there for the seventh time in a row. Besides some “old” friends from Subsonic, I also was happy to meet and stay with four lovely brothers and sisters from the Krishna Village.
The festival was quite healthy mainly because of two reasons. First there was no alcohol sale, which regulates the consumption to what you bring to the camping and with you to the dance floor. Second because of a few neighbors most of the stages had to shut down at midnight which leaded to unintended lots of sleep.
My job as a volunteer was to be present at one of the gates and play the living exit sign. Having a short chat with everyone who wanted to leave was quite funny. Unfortunately just a few cars passed by during my shifts which gave me and my two colleagues a lot of time to talk.
Retrospectively it was one of the cleanest festivals I ever been to. No butt, no cap, really nothing was lying on the ground. Thumb up for the organizers!
- Very sustainable with BYOB and only compostable cutlery and dishes
- no flies, no mosquitos
- lots of interesting workshops and discussion rounds
- Dance and acting performances everywhere made the days more diversified
- Closing ceremony with all guest concentrated at one stage during an epic sunset on monday
- aboriginal dance performance and welcome speech to their land as opening ceremony
- a silent disco during the night
- almost no mobil toilets and plenty of possibilities to shower with warm water
- Most of the music shut down every day from midnight until 8am
- My impression was that there was too much dupstep, breakbeat and trance music
- Only some got Festival-booklets at the entrance for free, inside at the infopoint they sold them for $2 each, which resulted in lots of unused prints
Ivory’s Rock (1h southwest from Brisbane)
Jan H. Störkel