In addition to promoting music in its different forms, throughout our history we have made a special effort to raise awareness about the values that enables a society to advance in the most just and equitable way possible. We do so by building within the small micro cosmos, that the festival venue becomes each year during the Rototom Sunsplash, a different place where Other World really is Possible.
Over the years we have, to the best of our ability, developed all kinds of actions to demonstrate that where there is will, new efficient lines of communication can be created and the convergence of different cultures and peoples form around the world, beyond race, religion, borders or physical barriers and ideologies can be achieved. In this regard, we have had the honor to be recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an Exemplary Event for the decade 2001-2010 for our work promoting Culture of Peace and Nonviolence. In doing so, the UNESCO took into consideration our efforts to promote interculturality and dialogue as a fundamental tool in the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
All of this has allowed us the grow exponentially and to become one of the international benchmarks as an alternative festival model, of which we are very proud and, moreover, gives us a tremendous sense of responsibility when it comes to our continued commitment to organizing cultural events, in a sustainable manner, in which people of all ages can have the opportunity to share, grow, learn and discover through the workshops, activities, gastronomy, music and cultural debates.
We have introduced the use of LED technology for the bulbs lighting areas such as the backstage, the press tent, Reggae University, African Village, Living Energy, Magicomundo and the Rotobars. These types of lamps consume approximately 80% less energy than conventional lights while at the same time offering eight times more illumination than the tungsten filament bulbs.
Within the festival venue the use of motorized vehicles is not permitted, only bicycles, skateboards and electrical vehicles are allowed. We offer a bicycle rental service.
In Magicomundo, the area that is dedicated to kids, we organize environmental workshops each year to raise awareness about the importance of caring for the environment.
In each edition we invest in actions that aim to compensate for CO2 emissions caused by the event. For example, in recent years we have planted more than 200 new trees on the festival area.
Rototom Sunsplash reached an agreement of collaboration with the Master of Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability in Industrial Plants and Edification from the University of Jaume of Castello’. This new bond will help to develop a project competition aimed at the Master students who, putting in practice the wealth of experience learned during their studies, will contribute to improve the environmental sustainability of the installations of the festival itself.
We will launch a new initiative in the camping area to significantly reduce water consumption during the festival: A water recycling system that will allow shower water, which used to go directly to the drains, to be reused to flush the toilets. The shower water will be conducted to a few 2,000 litre capacity tanks, from which it will subsequently be used to flush the toilets via a pumping system.
The Merchandise stalls at the festival will be powered by solar panels, so that they will generate all the energy consumed without resorting to the mains. These panels will produce 6kWh for the grid, enough to power these stands.
The festival area includes many different types of organic, local, ethnic, fair trade food and beverages. There will also be a open-air market with organic products in the campsite.
In recent years we have extended the use of bio-compostable plates and cutlery, made out of biodegradable materials such as sugar cane, corn starch or wood, to all of the catering services at the festival. The recycling of the plates and cutlery together with the organic waste allow them to be reused to make compost that can later be used as a fertilizer.
Over the last few years we have gradually reduced the use of paper and other materials in our communications. The edition of publicity material in collaboration with companies that organize concerts and events has meant that we can reduce the number of flyers printed for publicity exponentially. We use recycled paper for both photocopies and printing.
From the very beginning, 25 years ago now, we have been committed to working with certain values and the people who promote or should promote these values, as well as those citizen organizations and groups that work to make them a reality.
More than 50 entities dealing with peace, human and civil rights, fair trade, anti-prohibition, the environment, reggae and Rastafarian culture participate each year in the Rototom Sunsplash. They do so with their stands during the festival, their talks in the Social Forum or the Reggae University and their workshops held in the different cultural areas.
Furthermore we collaborate with these associations by directly supporting some projects. This year we stand, as is only natural, with those who find themselves suffering in terrible situations as is the case of the refugees. We believe that our stance is shared by many.
For this reason we would like to give special support to the organisations Médicos Sin Fronteras, Proactiva Open Arms, Emergency and Pallasos en Rebeldía in the work they are doing, essential to alleviating the terrible plight of the refugees.
In the same vein, we back Smara Benicàssim in their work with the children in the Saharan refugee camps, along with Psicólogos Sin Fronteras and their great work with those people who have been evicted from their homes, and finally collaborate with the community projects of Cultivant Vida, the only NGO that works continuously in the Murithabé region in Gambia.
Without solidarity among people, we cannot make advancements in human rights nor can we advance towards the better world that we all long for. That is why we say solidarity is essential.
The Rototom Sunsplash supports the rescue and aid work carried out by Doctors without Borders with refugees, especially that done aboard the Dignity I. In 2016 alone they managed to rescue 20,000 people.
We support the rescue work and vigilance of the NGO in the Central Mediterranean to prevent more deaths and shipwrecks of the refugees who come to Europe fleeing war, persecution or poverty, as well the aid they provide from the Greek coast in Lesbos.
We collaborate in the actions that this NGO has implemented and which always aim to aid the victims of war and violence. We have also supported the migrant rescue mission, which they are carrying out in the Mediterranean Sea, guaranteeing post rescue aid for refugees, with everything from medical aid to intercultural mediation.
The Rototom Sunsplash has directly supported the work done by Pallasos en Rebeldía in the refugee camps of Lesbos, in Greece; as well as Calais and Dunkirk, in France, where they also carried out several protest actions against the migration policies of the European Union.
We support the work of this local organization to, each summer provide Sahrawi children living in the refugee camps with a Holiday in Peace and medical assistance.
We share their commitment to the development of a different yet possible world, without borders, where there is justice, freedom, equality and solidarity. We therefore support the work they are doing from Castellon to help people who have been evicted from their homes.
We collaborate in the community projects run by this NGO, which is also the only one that works continuously in the Murithabé area, one of the most impoverished and lacking in medical care in Gambia, in the hope of improving the people’s living standards.
We sponsored the presence of Yslem, Son of the Desert, in the XII edition of FISAHARA and collaborated by participating in the festival.
We directly support the project dedicated building wells and creation of vegetable gardens run by Cultivant Vida and Xavier Galindo in Gambia.
We financially support the crowdfunding of Alpha Boys’ School to set up and equip a radio studio in the school.
We collaborate in maintaining the activity of Rigoberta Menchú as an ambassador of Peace and defender of Human Rights.
We promoted a graphic design exhibition by Michael Thompson in the Rototom Sunsplash, the funds collected were donated to the Alpha Boys school in Jamaica.
We finance, together with Bunny Wailer, the reconstruction of the Dabadud recording studio., destroyed by the earthquake that devastated the Abruzzo area.
We provided funding for the construction of the Salam Centre, hear surgery unit in Khartoum (Sudan) directed by the Italian NGO Emergency.
We help to strengthen human and natural resources in Matutine (Mozambique) by supporting the construction of a professional training centre.
We collaborate financially the Italian NGO ONLUS to facilitate the economic independence of the Family Agricultural School in Goias (Brazil).
We support the socio-labor training projects and screen printing programs set up by Made in Jail in different Italian prisons.
We collaborate with the Italian NGO SISM to improve the conditions for mothers and new borns in the obstetric unit of the Hospital Saint Luke (Ethiopia).
We support the educational and agricultural activities of the project run by the Italian association Karibú Afrika in Mathare (Kenya).
We provide funding for the Oasis Centre, run by the Italian Enzo Missoni in Burkina Faso, that treats children, orphans and people in need.
We have funded the creation of centre for street children in India run by the NGO Italian Mancikalalu.
We participated directly in the creation of the Circus Theatre School in Canoa Quebrada, Ceara, Brazil.