Leeuwarden | The Netherlands | 16 – 19 July
A small village with large ambitions. During the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York, a list with 17 Sustainable Development Goals was drafted by 193 world leaders. These goals are the source of inspiration for Welcome to The Village.
With our festival we want to challenge you to investigate new initiatives by means of performance art, visual arts, social design and an innovation program. How? By being part of our mini-society. Welcome to The Village is a transient free state where there’s room for trying out experiments, initiatives and products for a sustainable society. This is the place where you can enjoy excellent new music, but also partake in the various experiments being carried out by our knowledge partners. In short: a visit to our festival means you’re music enthusiast, sponsor and guinea pig, all rolled into one festival-fancy package.
For us, Welcome to The Village goes on, even when the summer has ended. We are in operation all year long and work in partnership with dozens of communities, knowledge institutions, companies and over 600 volunteers in order to realize our objectives. We are absolutely positive about working with cultural entrepreneurs, scientists, newcomers, novices, seniors, Individual Pupil Funding Scheme students, thinkers and go-getters working on long-term solutions for our festival and the world around us.
We are a platform for new sounds, visions, ideas and experiments. Pop is our bedrock, but Welcome to The Village also is a festival exploring the possibilities for a better world. This is a festival that aspires to be more than a 3-day event.
TESTING AT WTTV
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For the tests at Welcome to The Village we are looking for startups who have a strong interest in the circular economy. The festival strives to develop further every year, so that as a festival we will be fully circular in 2022. Together with LabVlieland we are looking at the possibilities to make the circle from raw material to waste material and back again as efficiently as possible. We test new innovation ideas that we can use in our society in the future. It is also important that the innovation interacts with the festival visitor, B2B is less suitable for this festival.
JANNEKE STUIVE – STELPSTRA
An innovation broker is a person who guides you within the InnoQuarter process. The innovation broker from your country will contact you from the moment you register your innovation. An intake interview will be used to determine which festival is suitable for your innovation. If a community decision is made to test in another country, another innovation broker will take over the contact. Every country has its own innovation broker who knows the festival like no other. Do you have a question for one of the innovation brokers? Feel free to contact them!