The Gothenburg Culture Festival takes responsibility for development

The Gothenburg Culture Festival wants to be more than just a festival – we also want to contribute towards and inspire positive development, for both our city and our planet. Since 2008, we work actively with all three dimensions of sustainability: ecological, social and financial sustainability.

Since 2008, the Gothenburg Culture Festival has been environmentally certified by the Swedish Environmental Base. This means that the festival must meet a number of demands each year, including checks on food, transport, purchasing and waste. The festival in 2023 was certified by a sustainability certification for events, SUSA by the Swedish Environmental Base.

We aim to push the borders in terms of how sustainable an event can be. In our sustainability policy you can find out more about our work.

Local, thrilling, and sustainable 

The Gothenburg Culture Festival works actively with emission reduction and to inspire our collaborators to make sustainable choices. Every collaborator that is part of the Culture festival must meet our minimum level of demands for ecological sustainability, for example regarding food, disposable products and waste management.

Diverse, gender equal and accessible to all

The festival’s program must have a broad representation and reflect society. We will create meeting places where people can meet and discover new parts of the city. No one shall be excluded because of gender, ethnicity, functionality, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender identity expression, religion or age.

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From linear to circular

The ambition for this year’s Gothenburg Culture Festival is to become more circular. This includes, reused textiles, ban on plastic, and reusing or renting instead of buying.

Our focus forward is to work more with circularity. With that long term aspiration, we can approach the goals regarding sustainable growth and climate neutral events set by the City of Gothenburg. That way Gothenburg Culture Festival can take on leadership in sustainable events.