Note by note, step by step: Lucerne Festival promotes sustainability and environmental protection

Lucerne Festival joined myclimate “Cause We Care” in 2023, as the organisers ushered in a new era in their sustainability strategy. With numerous measures in areas like mobility as well as its own biodiversity projects, Lucerne Festival is getting active and offering great examples of environmental measures in the event sector.

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Lucerne Festival joined the myclimate “Cause We Care” initiative in 2023. Festival attendees can donate CHF 2 per ticket to aid climate protection – and Lucerne Festival will match the contribution. This money goes to its earmarked fund which is administered by myclimate. It is used to fund local sustainability measures and a climate protection project for Tanzanian forests.

In cooperation with Swiss national railway SBB, the festival is also offering “park & ride” deals in Zug and Sempach to reduce carbon emissions caused by attendees travelling to and from the festival. Further climate protection and awareness measures are serving to continually reduce the environmental footprint of the Lucerne Festival, with the organisers introducing a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the years 2023 to 2027. This joins measures in the areas of social and economic sustainability that have already been carried out. The promotion of young performers, for instance, has always been an important part of the Lucerne Festival.

During its run, the festival will host a “Paradise Garden” on Europaplatz, right outside the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (the main venue for the festival). Visitors will be able to admire over 700 plants in 23 raised beds made from domestic fir timber. These greening and biodiversification measures will also attract butterflies, birds and bees. The Paradise Garden will represent both an aesthetic and environmental enrichment for the festival.

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