Great festivals create community.
We believe that like all strong communities, festivals must be clear about their values to become spaces free from harassment, assault and other kinds of violence.
Of course, when a huge crowd descends upon your festival, crimes can take place. And just like any other crime, the only person responsible for harassment or assault is the perpetrator. However, given how common it is, there are many steps that festivals can take in advance to create an accountable environment where:
– potential perpetrators will think twice before committing a crime
– lower level issues are more likely to be reported to you early, so you can deal with them prior to further escalation
– patrons feel more secure in the knowledge that your procedures will kick in something happens
Training on responding to disclosures of sexual harassment can often fall by the wayside for temporary festival staff and volunteers, or be limited to a vague ‘tell security.’ You wouldn’t dream of approaching your fire safety and evacuation protocols this way, both of which you’re much less likely to need – so don’t leave it to chance!
Because of the temporary and often high pressure nature of inducting staff and volunteers ahead of a festival, we prefer to work with you several months out from the start date. Together, we can:
– Review and suggest changes to any existing policy
– Provide best practice policy templates and procedures
– Provide a ‘first responder’ model which works across staff, security and managers
– Provide globally recognised GNO customer and staff-facing comms collateral for your own co-branding
– Train you on how to deliver this
– Train your staff and volunteers directly
We are currently expanding our capacity to work with festivals. Get in touch to find out more.