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Philosophy

The first festival in "circular culture", an unofficial term invented by the festival organisers in an attempt to provide an appropriate response to an artistic programme that is full of (good) sense!

 

Based on the principle that the potential of this region can go beyond the mere programming of artistic projects grouped together within a festival, WaterWalls wants to propose a total contemporary work of art that aims to raise awareness about artistic production and its aspects of cultural consumption. An awareness of the ephemeral, of the transformation, of the interaction with nature.

« cradle to cradle »

In the heart of this unique and preserved region, WaterWalls develops an artistic journey with scenic installations that are in line with the respect of the artistically invested natural environment.

This is why the dialogue between artistic disciplines and their environment links creation and artistic expression to sustainabilitý and to the principles of "cradle to cradle" .

 

To respond to this approach, artists are invited:

  • To create or co-create in eco-design

  • To take into account sustainabilitý and circular economy criteria in their approach, from design to dismantling.

  • To base themselves on the 3Rs strategy - reduce, reuse, recycle - of the circular economy or 'cradle to cradle' and therefore

  • To take these three principles into consideration in their practice by reducing the use of resources as much as possible; reusing existing products or materials as much as possible; recycling the raw materials used and taking into consideration the dismantling of the structures built.

 

WaterWalls will also be an opportunity to raise awareness of these environmental issues through artistic, playful, participatory and educational approaches.

cradle to cradle
Engagements et actions durables
Sustainable commitment and activities

Following the same precepts for the logistical and organisational aspect through commitments and eco-responsible practices at all levels, the objective of the festival is to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible.

To this end, the organisation of the festival has been thought out in great detail to try to follow the precepts of cradle to cradle:

  • In terms of artistic installations:

    •  By partnering with experts in the circular economy from the jury phase - IFSB-CDEC is one of them,

    • Collecting materials from IMS member companies and through local branches, traders and businesses,

    • By collaborating with companies with expertise in the approach, such as the Au2 design office, the wood construction company Wood Shapers, or Robin paints, which focuses its development on unique and natural products

    • By favouring short and local supply chains for all needs

    • By ensuring a selective sorting of waste from all phases of preparation, installation to dismantling.

    • By being vigilant about energy consumption: economical lighting, daytime artistic programming, no external heating such as mushroom heaters, etc.

 

  • In terms of communication :

    • Maximum use of digital communication

    • The necessary printing is done on recycled and/or labelled paper

    • Signage is produced either :

      • On PVC-free tarpaulins with no mention of dates to encourage reuse

      • On the basis of existing materials, used at other times of the year, which can be reused endlessly, for each season, adapting to the respective needs of each function

    • Promotional items from sponsors are banned

    • Ticketing is online, the use of the barcode makes it possible not to print

  • In terms of logistics :

    • Mobility will be encouraged as much as possible by :

      • clear indications of departure times for public transport and a programme in line with the timetable

      • the possibility to rent bicycles to visit the festival.

    •  Catering will be provided

      • By local partners, ensuring the diversity of the menus by favouring seasonal and local products, mostly organic, fair trade or with local labels

      • With a diversified offer, vegetarian and vegan

      • With as little individual packaging as possible, given the sanitary constraints that cannot reduce it to zero

      • With a maximum use of reusable tableware

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