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Swedish music festival to be women-only ‘until all men learn how to behave themselves’

Written by FDM

Following a string of sexual assault reports at festivals in the country, « Sweden’s first man-free rock festival will see the light next summer, » its organizer has confirmed,

The festival which will take place from August 31  to September 1st, 2018 in Gothenburg, will be reserved exclusively for « women, transsexual and non-binary people ».

In order to fight against the sexual aggressions and rapes which, unfortunately, take place regularly during the big musical meetings that are the festivals, Emma Knyckare, a 30-year-old swedish comedian, launched a crowdfunding request in early September for the creation of a « safe for everyone » festival without men.

« What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome, that we’ll run until ALL men have learned how to behave themselves? »

It would seem she received a lot of support for the idea, as she confirmed on Instagram the introduction of « Sweden’s first man-free rock festival » dubbed « Statement Festival » which will be held in at the end of summer 2018, in Gothenburg.

Sexual allegations in festivals are a worldwide problem. Therefore « Statement » is the first – and last?- festival that aims to « create a safe space » exclusively for people who self-identify as women.

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