Community festival and event organisers are being invited to participate in an innovative training programme inspired by the success of the Green Fleadh, an environmental initiative rolled out to 450,000 visitors to Ennis during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
Clare Tourism, supported by Clare County Council, launched the Green Festival Ambassador and LEADER programme, the first of its kind in Ireland.
A series of introductory training sessions for festival organisers on how to minimise the environmental impact of such events by reducing waste, carbon emissions, and water and energy use will be hosted throughout Clare over the coming weeks. From these sessions, 10 festivals will be selected for localised Green Festival Ambassador training after which additional in-depth training will be provided to identified Green Leaders.
The introduction sessions will explain;
– Why your festival should adopt a green approach
– The specific benefits going green can deliver for your festival
– The knowledge/skills that will be delivered to you and your team
– How Green Festivals can enhance your Tidy Town score
There is no cost involved in this pilot programme as it is fully supported by Clare Tourism and LEADER funded. Training will be delivered by Raquel Noboa and Samantha Harding of Elevate Clare. Clare Tourism is committed to promoting a more sustainable approach to tourism and are excited to be able to bring this initiative to you.
Please ensure that at least one person from your Festival Committee attends one of these sessions so that they can brief your committee on the opportunities that going green can deliver to your festival. (Only festivals who attend one of the sessions will be eligible to receive the full training support)
These introductions sessions will take place as follows;
– 19th September, Tuesday, 6-8.00pm – Armada Hotel, Milltown Malbay
– 26th September, Tuesday, 10.30-12.30- Templegate Hotel, Ennis
– 26th September, Tuesday, 6-8.00 pm – Templegate Hotel, Ennis
– 3rd October, Tuesday, 6-800pm – Killaloe Hotel, Killaloe