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KICK Academy and Events participated in the Green Culture Festival in Montenegro.

Danilo Manuputty, the 14-year-old founder of KICK, interviewed Chris Johnson, founder of Shambala Festival.

Shambala Festival, is a variety festival that includes many different music genres like rock, pop, folk and world music. Shambhala is a Sanskrit term meaning place of happiness, peace and tranquility. On these grounds, the goal is to organize sustainable festivals, set an example, and make them a standard within the industry.

In the interview, Chris explained that the journey had not always been easy. They were close to bankruptcy twice. Nevertheless, it was an ambition that they had wanted to achieve for a long time. In such manner, determined to make this festival a yearly success, they did not give up.

Accordingly, it does not come as a surprise that their persistence turned into a positive outcome, since the Shambala festival 2018 was sold out 3 months in advance. Chris mentioned, that he likes to get inspiration from people, courses that he follows and festivals like the Green Culture Festival. Further, he said, it is important to keep your eyes open and stay curious.

In 5 years, Chris sees the Festival improving and building on existing knowledge, thus continuing learning from experiences. Moreover, they want to own a piece of land that creates a place that allows youth to come closer to nature. What’s more, Shambala is striving to operate as sustainable as possible. The CO2 emission has already been decreased by 80%, disposable plastic has been banned, only 100% sustainable energy is used and the festival went completely meat- and fish-free.

KICK is aiming to collaborate with this legendary festival in the near future and will continue to support them.