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.
Internationella Mansdagen i all ära, men låt oss istället presentera några viktigare dagar: 31/8-1/9 2018. Sätt alla påminnelser ni har i kalendern, för då blir det festival! Götet, ordvitsens huvudstad, Lilla London. Kär stad har många namn. Snart kan Göteborg även skryta med att vara staden som hade första Statement Festival. Bananpiren. Sista helgen i augusti. Be there or be square. 1 december släpps early bird-biljetter! Mer information hittar ni på vår hemsida, länk i bio
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.