Gwand 2021 Lucerne Sustainable Festival · 2–4 September

The 12th Gwand Festival took place at the end of summer 2021. It was about experiencing and passing on sustainability in all areas of life such as fashion, nutrition, living and mobility. Right on the lakeside, with fine entertainment and fine foods and drinks. Free entrance.

Programme · Location · Hotels · Market · Sponsors and Partners

Market & Catering Buy, eat and drink sustainable

Market: Discover and buy sustainable products and innovations. New, good and beautiful things from many different areas under the open sky. Food and drink: For the well-being is taken care of. Organic and as locally as possible prepared and produced food and beverage is waiting to satisfy the visitors’ hunger and thirst.

Entertainment Concerts · Party

Concerts: Various musicians would have been ready to provide good entertainment. Unfortunately, with the exception of Nani Heart’s performance, all concerts and parties have to be cancelled due to regulatory Covid constraints.

Panels · Workshops · Misc New sustainable know-how

Panels: Discussions on different aspects around sustainability. Workshops: Getting to know how to make your life more sustainable, for example with DIY upcyclings. Presentations: Learn about sustainable innovations.

Thursday 02 September 2021

10:00 Market opening, food and beverage stalls open, media conference
10:00 22:00 Clothes Exchange by Fashion Revolution: Bring and grab clothes.
10:00 22:00 Exhibition of the artist André Wilhelm (at the music pavilion).

10:00 Media conference
11:00 Greenpeace Panel: Sustainable FinanceInvesting with impact or greenwashing · Introduction by Larissa Marti, Greenpeace · with Patrizia LaeriRoland Fischer, glp, Präsident, Kanton Luzern, Karen Wendt. · Moderation by Thomas Odermatt · in German · duration approx. 1 hour

14:00 One hour Q&A with Larissa Marti (in German): A question and discussion session on Sustainable Finance for everyone with Larissa Marti from Greenpeace at the lounge.

17:00 Responsible use of water. Input lecture by the Lucerne-based non-profit organisation WASSER FÜR WASSER (water for water, WfW) in German: Our water consumption in everyday life and in production as well as the influence of our consumption on the quality of water – e.g. through microplastics.

18:00 19:15 Fashion Revolution Panel: The Future of Fashion – Hope for an industry between glamour and destruction (in German). Participants: Rebekka Sommerhalder (glore and Fashion Revolution),  Kilian Wiget (WE ARE ZRCL), Marian von Rappard (Dawn Denim), Tobias Meier (ecos), Tanja Stöcklin, ORB-IT. Moderation by Thomas Odermatt.

20:00 The NetzCourage (NetCourage) initiative presented by Yolanda Spiess Hegglin. Afterwards a conversation with Suzanna about body shaming, beauty pressure and beauty ideals and how to stop hate speech · in German

22:00 Market closes

Friday 03 September 2021

10:00 Market opens, food and beverage stalls open
10:00 22:00 Clothes Exchange by Fashion Revolution: Bring and grab clothes.
10:00 22:00 Exhibition of the artist André Wilhelm (at the music pavilion).

10:00 14:00 Upcycling used clothes into new pillowcases. A workshop in the lounge with «the pink sheep». Bring your favourite hoodie, your old fleece jacket, used shirts or jumpers – even if they have a tear or a little hole. Turn them in a simple way into new pillowcases that fit your style.

11:00 Public Eye Workshop #PayYourWorkers! The impact of the Covid19 pandemic on garment workers. Cancelled due to illness

14:00 17:00 Sewing machine upcycling sound performance by Romy Hood / Corinna Mattner.

15:00 20:00 (every full hour for 30 minutes) 2222 Walk & Talk: The Future that Reconnects with Deepak Bansal, Meaning Quotient and Tania Schellenberg, Faircustomer.

17:00 Social Entrepreneurship and Engagement keynote by Viva con Agua followed by the Rethinking the Economy panel.
17:00 22:00 Photosession with Viva con Agua.

18:00 Rethinking the Economy panel by Faircustomer: What needs to change for sustainable fashion to thrive? First keynote: Brian Iselin, Slave Free Trade. Second keynote: 
Marc Steiner, Sustainable Public Procurement
. After that a panel discussion with Isabella Gygax, Fashion Revolution Switzerland · Marc Steiner, Sustainable Public Procurement
 · Brian Iselin, Slave Free Trade · Tara Welschinger, zero waste activist · Raul Schweizer, CIVAG furniture for rent · Martina Wyss, Sustainble Accessoires Designer · moderation: Tania Schellenberg, Director Faircustomer · in German

20:30 We The Power movie (the future of energy is community-owned) presented by Patagonia in the pavilion.
21:00 Patagonia panel on the Future of Energy among others with Christian Frank, President of the Lucerne Energy Cooperative and Franz Baumgartner, Prof. Dr. Dipl. Ing., Zurich University of Applied Sciences · School of Engineering

22:00 Market closes

Saturday 04 September 2021

10:00 Market opens, food and beverage stalls open
10:00 22:00 Clothes Exchange by Fashion Revolution: Bring and grab clothes.
10:00 22:00 Exhibition of the artist André Wilhelm (at the music pavilion).

11:00 Design Helps Refugees lecture · Handcrafted accessories made by refugee artisans in Karachi (Pakistan) in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) · keynote in English from Huma Adnan (initiator and head of the project). Q&A afterwards.

14:00 15:00 Keynote speech Nettles In Focus – about nettles, sustainable-solidarity agriculture and climate protection with Doris Abt from Brennpunkt Brennessel (Nettles In Focus) · after the keynote a Q&A · in German.

15:00 20:00 Walk & Talk (every full hour for 30 minutes): Zero waste and the luxury of minimalism with Tara Welschinger, zero waste activist.

17.00 Breaded and fried BIO pants and BIO socks. ACTION by Mr. Hürzeler in front of the Vitrine Gallery, Stiftstrasse 4, 6006 Lucerne. The preserved textiles will be auctioned and the funds donated to a sustainable textile project.
17.30 Climate protection in the textile industry: How can the textile industry achieve NetZero by 2030, 2040? Introduction by Didem Ray de Latour (textile engineer): Water, Soil, Air – Climate-friendly textile production as a total solution. Followed by a panel discussion with Philipp Scheidiger (Fairtrade Town Switzerland), Viola Iselin, (South Pole Carbon, formerly Klimastreik – Business f r Future), Francesco Rossi (Rossis bags), Tina Tomovic (HSLU Lucerne School of Art and Design · Textile Design) and Paola de Michiel (mer*fille · made by humans) · in German.

19:00 Bio Design Hub launch moderated by Eleonora Quizmolli (in English) · Keynote by Aline Ochoa (founder of Bio Design Hub) and Suzanna Vock (founder of Gwand)  with the announcement of the Bio Design Award and the upcoming Gwand Awards · with recorded greetings from Sara Sozzani Maino, Vogue Italia and from Marina Spadafora, Fashion Revolution Italia.
19:30 Bio design roundtable: Ecological (bio) design innovations and their current implementation and impact. Where do we stand today? · A discussion among others between Aline Ochoa, initiator Bio-Design Hub, Hannes Schönegger, co-founder and CEO Qwstion, Rachel Isenschmid, Ananda Zurich and Dinie van den Heuvel, co-founder Infantium Victoria.

21:00 Concert by Nani Heart (from Lucerne) with “vocals from another world”.

22:00 Market closes

The Gwand Festival takes place directly on the lake, in one of the most beautiful places in Lucerne. Here are some impressions of the festival location:

Video: Lucerne, Kurplatz at the lakeside, Saturday, 12 June 2021, approx. 9 am.

Look, marvel, talk, buy, eat, drink, dance and laugh together under Lucerne’s sky and the star of sustainability.

Partner hotel: The Tourist Hotel Luzern, St.-Karli-Quai 12, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland, phone +41 41 410 24 74, mail offers a Gwand special: exhibitors and visitors of Gwand 2021 receive 13% off the official rates plus afternoon coffee and cake. As only a limited number of rooms are available, it is advantageous to book as soon as possible.

More hotels: For your hotel reservations with daily updated rates please contact the Lucerne Tourist Board, +41 41 227 17 27, or book online at Lucerne Tourism.


Market: Faircustomer Village and Lounge

Main Sponsor




A special Thank You goes to the following individuals, institutions and companies:

Äbike Helft · Agata Kurtoli · Aline Ochoa · André Wilhelm · Andrea Orlando Hofer · Barbara Dubacher · Barbara Kopp · Barbara Waser · Bettina Beck-Bertschmann · Brigitte Breisacher, Alpnach Norm · Carole Hofmann · Christine Huwiler · Claude Bravi · Cornelia Wilhelm · Cornelius Sfintescu · Cyrill Heusser, Zahnarztpraxis Heusser · Damian Müller · Dany Ineichen, Multireflex · Daniela Hediger · Dario Crimaldo, Pista · Diane Pernet · Dust of Soul, Saskia und Mike · Eleonora Quizmolli · Florian Müller, Mueller PR · Galerie Vitrine, Evelyne Walker · Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft der Stadt Luzern · Gonzo Martins Rawport · Hong Zhang, Friend of Gwand · Hortense & Alfred Baumgartner · Hubert Lüscher · Iris Weibel · Iwan Bühler · Jean Pierre Kuhn · Judith & Walter Hess, Hess Uhren · Katia-Annemarie Block, Skin Apart · Lorenz Waser · Marco Baumann · Marco Bolzern, Anwaltskanzlei Bolzern Haas & Partner · Margrit Schüpbach & Ernest Roth, The Tourist · Marina Spadafora, Fashion Revolution Italia · Markus Gabriel, Gemeindepräsident, Adligenswil · Markus Moll, UBS Luzern · Michelle Müller · Mike Hauser · Nani Heart · Nicole Stein · Ninette Murk · Norbert Truffer · Patrick Beffa · Ralf Dubach, Multireflex · Renata Anghern · Roli Mumenthaler · Rosmarie Amacher · Salomoncito & Carlos Garcia · Sandra Dietrich · Sandra Mirella Sapigni · Sara Sozzani Maino, Deputy Editor in Chief Vogue Italia · Silvia Roth · Simone Palmers · Stephan Vock · Sybille Imfeld · Sylvie Gablinger · Tania Schellenberg · Thomas Grüter · Thomi Fischer · Tom Odermatt · Vanja Palmers · Vincenzo D’Adamo, Style & Gossip · Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks, United 17 Venture Lab · One of the biggest helpers for Gwand – the one it concerns knows.

Covid Protection Policy

We reserve the right to make changes to the programme, in particular with regard to Covid-related rulings and official requirements. 


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