A leader in the sustainable festival space, Red Square Music (Mullumbimby Music Festival & Bello Winter Music Festival) have made a passionate commitment to deliver another environmentally friendly festival with their inaugural Bendigo Autumn Music (BAM).

As part of BAM's waste reduction strategy, the festival will implement a cup exchange program which will see only re-useable cups used at festival bars, ensure rubbish is sorted and that there are free water refill stations around the festival so that patrons can use their own re-useable water bottles. A best practices guide will also be prepared for audiences, festival suppliers, bands and artists to show them how they can make a difference with some helpful tips. And by using Bendigo’s beautiful arts precinct and its existing infrastructure including historic venues, pubs, cafes, restaurants, community halls and car parks, the result is a far smaller environmental footprint.

'We want to be on the front foot from day one of BAM with a real commitment towards waste minimisation. We are excited to be partnering with Green Music Australia, the artists performing, and our sponsors and commercial venues to achieve a small and sustainable footprint. We want to walk the walk and that means a reusable cup exchange at our festival bars (sponsored by Stone & Wood), drink bottles, water stations, sorted rubbish and sensible transport options. If people want to get involved head to the website to register your interest in being on the waste team.” - Festival Director Glenn Wright

“We are thrilled to be working with the crew at Bendigo Autumn Music in their pioneer year, and even more thrilled that they are starting the festival right by implementing positive environmental practices from day one. A festival using existing infrastructure and staffing is a highly effective way of keeping carbon emissions to a minimum, and is a great approach to event sustainability. BAM will be encouraging attendees to utilise Bendigo’s extensive public transport infrastructure, educating vendors, artists and punters on best sustainable practises, using reusable cups in pop-up bars and providing an interactive workshop for festival goers to solve environmental concerns with performing artists. We congratulate BAM on its forward and innovative thinking and look forward to enjoying the music and reviewing the results together in April.” - Emma Bosworth, Green Music Australia Co-CEO


Green Music Australia and BAM will also present a workshop featuring BAM festival artists including the incredible MADELINE LEMAN, for ticket holders on how they too can take action and affect change:

Solve the World's Environmental Concerns with your Favourite Artists
Presented by Green Music Australia.

Join Green Music Australia along with BAM artists for a forum/discussion on how music lovers can be part of the solution to the world's environmental issues.

Where: The Engine Room
When: Saturday 27th April, 10:30am

"Putting on a festival in the heart of a regional centre not only brings people into some of Bendigo's incredible buildings and venues, but it also means no porta loos are needed, no chairs need to be hired, no marquees, no elaborate stages and sound systems, no lighting rigs. There are existing dance floors, parking, bars, toilets and staff who know these venues inside out. And for those environmentally conscious Victorians, there's a train direct from Melbourne. The festival is designed for punters to explore on foot - with all venues under 10 minutes walk from each other, it's good for the environment, and good for the festival atmosphere."

By working with existing music venues the local business and event operators that present music all year round get to enjoy the economic windfall of the festival, the national touring artists grow their touring circuit around the country, and the festival benefits from the existing infrastructure and staff that know these venues inside out.

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