Women in Sweden to Hold First Women-Only Music Festival in Response to Sexual Assaults

Two Major Swedish Festivals this Year Saw a Profusion of Rape and Sexual Assault

Over the summer we had reported that a women-only music festival was in the works for Sweden, and after a Kickstarter campaign surpassed its goal and raised 500,000 kronor ($77000 CAD), it looks like the festival has been given the green light.

The campaign was started after two of Sweden’s biggest festivals, Bråvalla and Putte I Parken, saw numerous rape and sexual assault reports. Officers at Bråvalla alone received four rape and 23 sexual assault reports.

The idea was suggested by Comedian Emma Knyckare, who proposed making a safe space for women to attend a music festival.

“Help us to create a safe space for the people who want to attend a festival without feeling scared for their personal safety,” read the Kickstarter campaign.

The festival is proposed to be named Statement Festival, and will be open to all cis women, non-binary and trans women. Capacity is set at 10 000 and the festival is scheduled to kick off next summer (2018).

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