Brunch Electronik’s sole purpose is to bring international and national artists to electronic music lovers in Lisbon, Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, but there is also so much that happens behind the scenes that the public don’t see. Founders Loic Le Joliff and Francois Jozic chat to us about the ethical way they work.
When the Barcelona brunch party finished for the season in September founders Loic and Francois rallied festival goers to take part in a huge rubbish collection Parc Montjuic the venue the used to host Brunch. 300 people worked solidly for 3 days to clear away 2000 kilos of rubbish. Loic and Francois also worked with local restaurants and festival food vendors to support social national food programmes, giving away a staggering 5000 kilos of food this year alone to alleviate hunger poverty at their sites across Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid and Valencia.
Lois told Blasting News: “At the Brunch we try to have the least impact on people and the Environment as possible. We have meetings with the local communities near each venue and distribute flyers explaining what will be happening and the improvements we will be making to alleviate any issues they may have through out the season. In 2018, had no complaints at all in Barcelona.”
He continued: ” We also ensure we have more than enough security to manage revellers and to control noise and to ensure respect is given to the neighbourhood by everyone, that is paramount for us. Investing in the neighbourhoods we work in is also vital. We employ local people and keep in regular contact with association of neighbours and also give back by sponsoring the local football teams.
Me Too moment
The Me Too and Time’s Up movements have put increased pressure on festival organisers across the globe to end sexual harassment at their events and Brunch in the Park runs its own version of the UK’s call service ‘Ask for Angela’ service, at every event to help if festival goers ever become the victims of abuse.
Lois told us: ‘We have something very similar to ‘Ask Angela’, we launched a service called ‘No Callem’ it is the Catalan saying ‘we won’t shut up’.
‘We need to ensure sexual harassment doesn’t happen at our festivals. The safety of our guests is extremely important.’
Brunch in the Park is a unique festival that is close to a nightclub, but it is outside and starts before sunset. It is a huge scale production with big name line-ups. it happens every week and tickets are inexpensive, meaning it is accessible to all. The season ended with a Halloween special in Lisbon on the 27th October, we can’t wait to see what these guys have in store for us next year.