Keep the planet Awake!

We love to dance together on our beautiful planet for many more years. We are well aware of our environmental impact and we intend to make our festivals as sustainable as possible. We welcome more than 300.000 visitors each year, coming from more than 80 different countries. We are reaching a young and diverse audience that we hope to inspire to make conscious choices.


Did you know, that by not eating meat for 1 day a week, you can already save 100 kilos of CO2 emission a year? Since 2015, our menu is 95% vegetarian, with only organic meat for the other 5%. With Awakenings Festival alone we already saved 148.000 liters of water each year by doing this.

From 2022, we offer a 100% vegetarian menu at all our events.


We work with a deposit system on all cups, cans and bottles. At the entrance our visitors receive a free recycle token which they can use at the bar when ordering drinks. All empty cups/cans/bottles are returned to the bar or recycle point for a new drink or recycle token. By doing this, we make sure that all materials are collected and sorted in the right container. After the event, each material is recycled.

Why are we not using hardcups?
Research by the Dutch Government has proven, that using a deposit system as we do, is as sustainable as using hard cups if enough are being collected at the recycling points, which is the case at our events.

Our recycle tokens are made of recycled plastic and we wash them after every event. By doing this, we can use them at all our events for multiple years.


We intend to create as little waste as possible and ask our partners to do the same. We sort all different materials in separate containers; PET / Can / Cap / Paper / Glass / Organic / Plastic / Wood. This way, all materials can be recycled.

Our PET is used to make new cups and bottles, making it a circular system. Our tokens are being melted as well, which is used to produce new tokens. 95% of our signing is being used on all our events year-round and even our wristbands are made out of recycled PET.

To create less waste, we have switched from printed timetables and floorplans, to digital versions through screens at the festival and our website.


We always work with a smart energy plan, maximizing the consumption of energy from the power grid and other renewable sources. For the complete building period of our festivals, we only make use of batteries, which resulted in a diesel decrease of 38% in 2019/2020. Since 2019, all stages of Awakenings Festival were also powered by batteries.

In 2022 we start using biofuels, obtained from horticulture, to power our generators. This will drastically cut down our CO2 emissions. Read about our partnership with Greener Power Solutions here.


We have flush toilets at all our events, which are flushed with gray water (reusable wastewater). By doing so, we save 3kg CO2 per flush.


We stimulate our visitors to travel by bike or public transportation, which 90% does. We analyze the C02 impact of all visitors.

Our crew is using bikes and electrical cars wherever they can and we ask our suppliers to carpool and use biodiesel.

Plant trees as CO2 compensation

Since 2011, we work together with Trees for All. They plant trees on our behalf, to compensate for our Co2 emission. For our 20-year festival anniversary, 2020 trees were planted, divided in the Netherlands and Uganda. Click here to read more about this project.

We also ask our artists and visitors to compensate for their travel. Click here for more information about how you can make your donation.

National park Spaarnwoude

For over 20 years, National Park Spaarnwoude is the host of Awakenings (Easter) Festival. Together with its residents, we discuss what is needed in the area. Each year, we invest in different parts of the park, to make it thrive at its best!


At Awakenings, we aim to create a space where you can be yourself and loose yourself. We value and respect people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and ethnicities. We do not tolerate any form of (sexual) harassment.

When you think you see someone being harassed, ask the question ARE YOU OK? A simple question so everyone feels safe and respected.

Let's take care of each other.


For each event, we choose a different, mostly local, social charity to support. We have a mandatory guestlist donation for all our guests.

We have a longlasting partnership with Bridges for Music, a non-profit organization gathering key players of the music industry to support its responsible development in developing countries. Click here to view all their projects.


Often at festival campsites, thousands of tents and other camping equipment are left behind, which leaves a great environmental impact on our planet. We do our best to decrease our ecological footprint and protect our surroundings, so we kindly ask you to take care of your used camping equipment after the party’s over.

All visitors will receive their garbage bag at the entrance. Full bags can be returned to one of the recycle points, you will receive a goodie in return.

If there are any sleeping bags left, the Shelter Suit Foundation will transform them into sleeping bags for the homeless.


We are participants of 'The Green Deal Circulair Festivals' and 'Plastic Promise', both initiatives by the Dutch Government. They consist of sustainable frontiers of the event industry, sharing their knowledge, best practices, and data to help and inspire others. Awakenings is also a contributor to ADE Green, the conference program of Amsterdam Dance Event focussing on sustainable and social developments within the music industry.

Our Awakenings recycle system

During all our Awakenings events we are working with a deposit system on all cups, cans and bottles we give out at the bars. We would like to collect as many as possible, to make sure they can be recycled!
  1. At the entrance, after scanning your ticket, you’ll receive 1 FREE recycle token from us.
  2. With each drink you order, you hand in your recycle token or an empty cup, can or bottle.
  3. Lost your recycle token and/or your cup, can, bottle? Then you have to pay 1 regular token.
  4. When you’re leaving the venue or you don’t want to have a new drink, you can hand in your empty cup, can or bottle at the bar or at one of the other recycle points. The bar staff will give you your recycle token in return.
  5. There is a unique code on the recycle token, after the event you can go to our website and fill out the code on the event page, then you have a chance of winning prizes!

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