As a network of over 35 festival partners, Without Walls recognises its responsibility in reducing the negative environmental impacts of its activities and is committed to improving sustainability across the outdoor arts sector.
This page includes information on Without Walls’ support of Vision: 2025, a shared vision for a sustainable outdoor events industry; our Declaration of Climate Emergency, part of the Culture Declares Emergency Initiative; and our full Environmental Policy.
We are proud to support Vision: 2025, a shared vision for a sustainable outdoor events industry. Founded in 2015, the Vision: 2025 mission is to inspire a significant reduction in the climate impacts of outdoor live events by 2025 (and beyond) and is driven by a steering group of outdoor events industry associations and leaders in the field of sustainability in live events and the arts. Steering group members include: Without Walls, Julie’s Bicycle, Festival Republic, The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA), The Production Services Association (PSA), Lansdowne Warwick, The Showman’s Show, Kambe Events, ZAP Concepts, Smart Power Ltd, The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) and Brown Fox Comms.
Declaration of Climate Emergency
Arts and culture venues, creative organisations and individuals across the country have been declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency as part of a series of initiatives organised by Culture Declares Emergency.
Members of the arts, culture and creative industries are making this collective response and commitment to do their part in telling the truth about the climate and ecological crisis and take necessary action.
Without Walls fully supports this initiative and declares a Climate and Ecological Emergency. We are in a state of global climate crisis and on the brink of causing irreversible damage to our planet, its atmosphere, its inhabitants, and our future.
As a network of festivals, organisations and artists dedicated to creating, developing, and touring innovative outdoor art, the Climate Emergency poses a very real threat to the longevity of our work and our ability to deliver our mission to reach and inspire diverse new audiences across the country.
The scale and diversity of Without Walls’ activity offers a valuable opportunity to exert influence and inspire positive action on environmental responsibility across the outdoor arts sector. We pledge to work together with and in support of our sector, our national partners, and local government in tackling this Emergency, and we call on others to do the same.
These are our intentions:
- We will Communicate and Influence
We will communicate about the Emergency, our actions and commitments to address it with our partners, audiences, artists, and stakeholders and support them to make the changes that are needed.
- We will take Action
Without Walls pledges to actively work on reducing our direct emissions and consumption levels, and model ways that our work can innovate to support the regeneration of the planet’s resources.
- We are committed to Justice
We will do what is possible to enable dialogue and expression amidst all the communities that we serve about how the Emergency will affect them and the changes that are needed. We are committed to working towards a sustainable and equitable future for all.
Without Walls recognises its responsibility in reducing the negative environmental impacts of its activities and is committed to understanding, measuring, improving and communicating its environmental performance, ensuring compliance with environmental legislation as a minimum standard.
Our environmental policy is reviewed every two years and was last updated in February 2020.