How can an international festival of contemporary creative dance and theatre contribute to the well-being of the planet? Since 2015, the FTA has undertaken sustainability initiatives and sought to fulfill its mission in compliance with rigorous environmental ethics based on the principles of reduction at source, recycling, carbon emission offsetting, and increased stakeholder awareness.
With the support of the Réseau des femmes en environnement and its Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables, the FTA is pursuing efforts aimed at continuously improving its practices, especially with regard to hosting and presenting shows but also in terms of its relationships to the land and citizens. The FTA wishes to carry out its mission while respecting the environment and educating audiences through its programming and activities.
Our 2022-2026 Plan
The Festival’s efforts include the establishment of a sustainability committee within its team. This committee oversees the implementation of the sustainability policy and associated five-year action plan.
To obtain the full version of our Policy, write to us at [email protected].
The basic principles of the policy are as follows:
The FTA has a responsibility toward people and the planet that impels it to reduce the negative impact of its activities and optimize their positive outcomes.
The FTA recognizes that its activities are carried out on vulnerable ancestral land, which it has a duty to preserve.
Accessibility and inclusion
The FTA seeks to contribute to inclusive arts practices and reach a diverse audience. It is committed to doing all it can to mitigate obstacles to participation by considering the needs of all audiences.
The FTA wants to contribute to the development of artistic practices while respecting the needs of the planet and its people by improving existing practices.
The FTA is committed to encouraging all its stakeholders to adopt behaviours that give more consideration to the planet and its people. It also actively participates in the sharing of best practices within its field.
Here are some of the initiatives that are currently under way:
The Festival’s sustainability committee ensures that each edition of the event meets the criteria for BNQ Standard 9700-253 – Responsible Event Management. The FTA therefore reports to the Conseil québécois des événements responsables (CQEER) on the five following elements: selection of suppliers; management of materials, water, and energy; waste management; selection of food; and the mobility of participants and users.
+ Level 3 classification (FTA 2022 + FTA 2019 + FTA 2018)
Environmental Responsibility Fund and Carbon Offsetting
The Festival keeps track of all emissions generated by event-related transport, including the mobility of its team, invited artists and professionals, and festival attendees.
Through its Environmental Responsibility Fund, the Festival is committed to increasing its carbon offsetting activities year after year by purchasing sustainable offsets.
+ 203.37 tonnes of CO2-eq neutralized (FTA 2022), for a total of $5,500 offset (compared to $1,500 in 2021)
+ $1,500 provided to Eau secours as carbon offsetting for the Holoscenes show (FTA 2022)
+ 3.1 tonnes of CO2-eq, corresponding to our annual digital footprint, were offset (FTA 2021)
The Festival promotes conscious and mindful use of resources on outdoor sites where it holds activities and in its Quartier général. Recycling bins are installed on site, and compostable, recyclable, and disposable waste is weighed, making it possible to set concrete reduction targets.
+ 97% of waste diverted from landfill (compared to 73% in 2021)
+ 3,000 procedural masks shredded and transformed into convertible materials (FTA 2022 + FTA 2021)
With a view to reduction at source, the Festival is careful to limit its purchases and favours local suppliers, especially those who are also committed to sustainable practices.
To support its community and promote the reuse of material, the Festival rents, lends, and sells a wide variety of equipment to other arts organizations.
+ 90% of equipment used is rented or borrowed (FTA 2022)
+ 88% of suppliers are located within 100 km (FTA 2022)
+ 35% of suppliers have made a concrete social commitment (FTA 2022)
The Festival supports Quebec food producers by offering local, organic, and seasonal dishes. Products from the cattle industry are excluded from its menus. Along with using compostable or reusable dishware and prohibiting the distribution of water bottles, the Festival offers reusable cups for bar service. Surplus food is distributed to the team and an organization that supports people experiencing homelessness.
+ 0% red meat on menus
+ 50% of foods served recognized or certified as regionally sourced (FTA 2022)
+ 100% compostable or reusable dishware (FTA 2022)
Sustainable Event Design and the Climate Emergency
The 2022 edition of the FTA included the presentation of Holoscenes, which invited the public to collectively reflect on climate change while using water resources in a mindful manner. The project was also an opportunity for the FTA to evolve its practices in sustainable event design thanks to a partnership with Écoscéno.
The Festival has adopted a digital responsibility policy, along with a related action plan. This stipulates best practices in terms of using IT equipment and services as well as raising stakeholders’ awareness of digital activities’ environmental impact.
In 2021, we made a report on the emissions generated by digital activities and offset our annual footprint, including the viewing of online shows and talks by spectators.
If you would like to obtain our Digital Responsibility Policy, write to us at [email protected].
+ 36 second-hand laptops acquired since 2020 to facilitate remote work by employees
+ 1,820 hours of streaming offset (FTA 2021)
Contributing to the Community
For the FTA, “sustainability” is not just about the environment—the social aspect is equally important.
Actively engaging with high school, college, and university students over the past 30 years, the FTA believes it has a duty to introduce young people to the arts by providing access and outreach activities.
The Festival is proud to have received the Prix Engagement socio-économique (Socioeconomic Commitment Award) in the Les Vivats 2021 competition [link to site: https://lesvivats.org/] for sustainable events, as well as being named as a finalist for the Grand Vivat award.
+ 1 show offered with audiodescription + 5 relaxed performances (FTA 2022)
+ 60 tickets distributed to Eka shakuelem participants, including members of the Mashteuiatsh, Wemotaci, Ouje-Bougoumou, Wendake, and Lac Simon communities (FTA 2022)
+ 683 students registered for the FTA at school (FTA 2021)