If you are music lover then you have been to an outdoor music festival; and if you have been to an outdoor music festival then you must have also realized how great outdoor venues seems less and less inviting when the grass/ground gets covered with plastic cups/glasses, wrappers and all sorts of waste. It is sometimes the fault of the management who underestimate the amount of trash that can accumulate over a period of 24 hours, and it is also sometimes the fault of festival goers who tend to forget about using trash cans in their excitement to catch the next act. The solution is not to depend on one team only, success would mean to get the management and festival goers to join hands and that is exactly what is happening at Ziro Festival of Music.
This year, they will be implementing a Ziro for Zero Waste campaign. All the festival goers will be informed about how they can contribute to keeping the venue clean and practice eco-friendly habits. Festival goers have been advised to bring reusable mugs and bottles, use biodegradable serve ware, bring travel-sized containers of essentials like shampoo and body wash instead of sachets, and carry their own ashtrays (if they smoke). The management team has also organized a game where festival goers will get to wear a coloured badge, and the colour will indicate the team they will be in, throughout the festival. The venue will have coloured trash bins and festival goers will have to throw their trash at the bin that coincides with the colour of the badge they wear. A surprise awaits the team with the most trash at the end of the festival. It definitely gives festival goers more motivation to use the trash cans more religiously.
That is not all, a Sustainable Design Residence Workshop was also held as part of the festival. Architects, Vivek Rakotu and Arnav Bhatnagar, were chosen from a long list of applicants to spend a month in Ziro and learn under the mentorship of Kollol Brahmadutta, a bamboo architect from Kokrajhar who has been the brains behind the design and sustainable architecture of ZFM from the first edition in 2012. The young architects have designed an amazing children’s park with bamboo that will be a hit with the younger crowd. The venue will also have striking bamboo lights, and interesting art installations.
But the vision of the team is not only to create eco-friendly structures just for the festival but make items that will have long-term benefits. The architects are also working on a Stream Filter, which is a net structure made out of cane. It will be attached from the bridges, and will trap the flow of garbage flowing into the streams. The net will be pulled out every 2 months, or when required, to clean out the garbage collected there. ‘We know that this is just the beginning of a waste management sensitisation programme. We have already roped in the local Apatani Youth Association (AYA) who is interested in continuing the project,’ shares the team.
Apart from the eco-friendly initiatives, the team at ZFM has also put together a killer line-up. One of Japan’s greatest rock acts – MONO – will be making their debut in India. India’s first female ghatam player Sukanya Ramgopal, Arunachal’s rap sensation K4 KEKHO and a lot more talented artistes will be performing at the festival. For all these reasons and more, ZFM is a festival that you absolutely cannot miss!
Photo: Arnav Bhatnagar