Safer Spaces Policy

Credit and thanks to Sled Island for allowing us to reference their policy.

 

Up + Downtown Music Festival is committed to providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all festival goers, artists, volunteers and venue staff. Everyone has the right to a harassment-free experience regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, age, race, religion, or place of origin. We do not tolerate harassment in any form.

 

As we believe everyone has the right to feel safe, we have worked to create a policy to foster safer spaces at festival events. This policy is available on our website (www.updt.ca), and in our programs. We believe everyone has a valuable role to play in the creation of safer spaces, and as such, relevant information related to our policy, such as Bystander Intervention tips, will be posted in all venue washrooms.

This policy will continue to evolve to meet the growing needs of our community. Please direct any questions or concerns to info@updt.ca and we will respond as soon as we can.

General Conduct

Up + Downtown does not tolerate abusive or discriminatory behaviour from attendees, artists volunteers or Board of Directors. Such behaviour is reason for potential removal from an Up + Downtown venue and could result in the cancellation of passholder privileges, a permanent festival ban, artist cancellation or cancellation of volunteer privileges.

Up + Downtown Board Members and venue staff have the authority to remove offenders from festival venues. Any decision to act on a permanent festival ban is at the discretion of the Up + Downtown Board of Directors. We believe survivors, who remain our main consideration in making decisions related to cancellation of passholder privileges, permanent bans or cancelling volunteer shifts. Bans and passholder cancellations will all be made on a case-by-case basis.

Resources to provide guidance and education are available to attendees or volunteers who have had their pass privileges revoked or have incurred a permanent ban. Survivor safety is our priority.

If you witness abusive or discriminatory behaviour at Up + Downtown, please find one of our trained Volunteer Venue Managers, who will be wearing lanyards. Our Volunteer Venue Managers have taken a mandatory Bystander Intervention Training provided by the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton and are equipped to assist you.

Artist Conduct

Artists with a history of abusive or discriminatory behaviour, or any sort of behaviour that is deemed harmful to the creation of Safer Spaces at Up + Downtown are not welcome at the festival. Programming decisions are made with this in mind using the fullest extent of our knowledge.

Up + Downtown believes survivors. We reserve the right to cancel any artist, without payment or other compensation. Should new information arise, we will exercise our right to re-evaluate an artists’ participation in Up + Downtown Festival. Any decisions to cancel an artist will be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with survivors when possible.

Resources to provide guidance and education are available to artists who may have been cancelled. Survivor safety is our priority.

If you witness abusive or discriminatory behaviour at Up + Downtown, please speak with one of our trained Volunteer Venue Managers, who will be identified by a festival lanyard. Our Volunteer Venue Managers have taken a mandatory Bystander Intervention Training provided by the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton and are equipped to assist you.

Offensive Attire

Offensive attire, including (but not limited to) hate symbols, or culturally appropriative attire, is not welcome at Up + Downtown Music Festival. Such attire may be grounds for removal from a festival venue as well as cancellation of passholder privileges or a permanent ban from the festival.

Any decisions to cancel a festival pass or invoke a permanent ban will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Up + Downtown Board of Directors.

Community Bystander Intervention Training

Up + Downtown’s Board Members and Volunteer Venue Managers undergo Bystander Intervention Training provided by the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. This training provides the skills needed to recognize when and how to help when witnessing power-based violence.

Up + Downtown actively encourages all participating venues to complete a Bystander Intervention Training with the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. All venues that have completed this training will be indicated on the Venues page of the website (www.updt.ca/venues).

All Up + Downtown participating venues are made aware of the Safer Spaces Policy and expected to abide.

Harm Reduction

Naloxone kits will be provided on site at participating venues. Volunteers are available for support should you require it.

Accessibility Information

Up + Downtown will continue to review its practices and any that do not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities will be modified or removed. We are committed to seeking input from people with disabilities in order to ensure Up + Downtown meets the needs of people with disabilities.

For information on venues’ accessibility, please visit the updt.ca/venues/.

Washrooms

Up + Downtown works with participating venues to ensure all gender washroom signage is part of the festival. As everyone needs a washroom, this is an important part of making the festival safe, inclusive and welcoming for all.

Resources

211 Alberta (24 Hour Service Referral): 211

Alberta Mental Health Helpline: 877-303-2642

Community Urgent Services and Stabilization Team: 780-342-7777

SACE (Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton) 24 Hour Hotline: 780-423-4121

 

If there is risk of immediate harm to self or others, please call 911.