The Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon is proud to have been a finalist on October 25th for the Vivats Emerging Talent Award given to events that have never submitted applications during this gala’s previous editions. The Carrefour congratulates the Festival grande tribu – SODAM: the winners of the 2022 emerging talent award.

Founded in 2011 by the Quebec Council for Eco-responsible Events, the Vivats awards highlight festivals and events that have adopted eco-responsible practices. By submitting its application to the Quebec Council for Eco-responsible Events, the Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon highlighted its sustainable development policy established in 2015.

Over the years and from one edition to another, concrete actions have been taken to reduce the ecological impact of the festival: provision of a free shuttle to festival-goers to connect the sites, public transport for the artists, acceleration of efforts to recycle materials and compost on sites; use of compostable materials for on-site catering, printing on recycled paper, reducing printing, issuing receipts and electronic tickets, reducing the duration of the festival.

By 2024, the festival aims to eliminate single-use plastic. Straws, glasses and water bottles will be gradually withdrawn in 2023, then completely banned in 2024, in particular thanks to the returnable glass service that was set up in 2022 with the participation of the Caisse Desjardins de la MRC de Montmagny in the festival’s sustainable development plan. It should be noted that the organization of the Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon is proud to encourage local consumption: 90% of goods and services are purchased in the City of Montmagny or from local suppliers. The festival thus invests nearly $40,000 directly in the community.

The Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon has also set up a partnership with the Société des Arts en Milieu de Santé and the MRC de Montmagny to offer four activities with artists from the program, including three in residences for the elderly and one in an adapted company for people with disabilities. A partnership was also established with local organizations during the festival: Magny-danse, Magny-gym, the Maison des Jeunes de Montmagny and the FADOQ; allowing them to raise funds for their organization and thus reinvest otherwise in the community.