Sweden’s women-only music festival is a go for summer 2018
Girls around the world unite: Sweden is officially set to host the world’s largest women-only music festival next summer.
After reaching its funding target of $61,000, the aptly-named Statement Festival and ‘man-free event’ is a go.
The festival itself was originally proposed by Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare in response to the unfortunate rise of rapes and sexual assaults that plagued the country’s biggest music festivals, Bråvalla and Putte I Parken respectively.
In 2016 alone, five rapes and 12 sexual assaults were reported at Bråvalla and have exceedingly got worse. In 2017, 23 sexual assaults and 4 rapes were reported to have taken place during the four-day festival. The Statement Festival will be taking the place of Bråvalla’s 2018 installment.
Statement Festival will be capped at 10,000 women and is hoping to be a sanctuary for cis, non-binary and trans women alike. Its intention is to create “a safe space for the people who want to attend a festival without feeling scared for their personal safety.”