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On May 10th the EPFL campus will transform into a massive music festival !

From EDM to Rock, through Rap, Hip Hop and Reggae, all musical styles will be represented on our 3 stages and 2 clubs. Over 20 different acts and 15’000 festivalgoers for one night only! Balélec isn’t only the biggest event at EPFL but also the biggest student-organized festival in Europe !

Such an event doesn’t organize itself, heading the project is a association made up of a little under 50 students who have spent the year organizing and planning out the event.

Just as important are the 350 volunteers who join the adventure during our week of installation preceding the festival and participate in the metamorphosis of the campus ! This is the best way to experience the festival and find out what really happens backstage.

In short, Balélec is made-up of passionate people for an event that simply cannot be missed !

The association



Balélec is also a non-profit organization that reunites a little under 50 students to prepare and organize the festival all through the year. The association recrutes some 350 volunteers to help transform the campus into a festival during the week leading-up to the festival. These lucky few get to experience a festival behind the scenes and truly live the Balélec experience to its fullest.

Sustainable Development



Balélec Festival is glad to see it’s efforts to improve its impact on the environment have been recognized since 2007 through the certification of the ISO 14’001 norm. In order to further this sustainable development we are now the first festival in the World to be certified by the new ISO 20’121 norm in 2014. By adhering to this norm. Balélec has committed to better itself not only on an environmental level, but also on social and economical ones. We always strive to be a responsible festival, rational and forward-looking and conscious of our future. We have made huge progress in the last few years in our waste management, in limiting noise nuisance, offering recyclable glasses and dishes, etc. whilst fostering stronger relationships and conversations with our partners and different entities on our campus. Balélec is proof that partying can always be responsible and accountable.

Objectifs 2019


  • 0 dépassement sonore. Mesurer les dB(A) en continu pendant la soirée

  • 5 points de distribution d'eau sur site

  • 100% des journaux communaux alentours présentent un encart pour annoncer la manifestation
  • 0 plainte pour parcage sauvage autour du site du festival
  • 1 contact permanent avec les représentants du voisinage

  • 5 sondages de satisfaction envoyés aux bénévoles, aux partenaires, aux membres de l’association, aux associations responsables de stands boisson et aux festivaliers après l’édition
  • 100% des plaintes sont reportées
  • 100% des plaintes obtiennent une réponse en moins de 5 jours
  • 1 projet de recherche en lien avec l’EPFL pour l’amélioration du festival

  • 100% des staffs signent la charte et sont sensibilisés aux risques inhérents à leur tâche

  • 95% des festivaliers utilisent la mobilité douce

  • 100% des affiches et flyers en papier recyclé

  • 1 scène locale : 100% des groupes viennent de Suisse
  • Avoir au moins un groupe représentatif d’au moins 4 styles de musique différents

  • Avoir 90% des membres étudiants
  • Avoir 50% des membres qui a déjà au moins 1 année d'expérience à Balélec
  • 4 audits internes effectués
  • 100% des incidents reportés
  • 100% des membres du comité formés aux bases de la sécurité et du secours
  • 1 responsable du catering interne sensibilisé à l’hygiène et la sécurité en cuisine (incendies, accidents)
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