After a series of sexual assault reports at several festivals, an organizer has created the first man-free music festival “until men learn how to behave themselves.”
The Previous Attacks
After multiple sexual assault reports from several festivals around the world, one person decided to create the first “man-free” music festival in Sweden “until men learn how to behave themselves.”
Bravalla, one of Sweden’s largest festivals, has recently announced that it will be cancelling its 2018 event due to the 23 sexual assaults and four rapes that reportedly happened at its 2017 event.
“Certain men … apparently cannot behave. It’s a shame. We have therefore decided to cancel Bråvalla 2018,” the organizers said.
Martin Hedberg, the police investigator said: “Many reports [of sexual assault] come after they’ve happened so there are weak descriptions [of the suspects] and nothing more to go on.”
The prime minister also condemned the attacks, calling for the festivals to have more effective surveillance.
“This is so disgusting. These are obnoxious acts by deplorable men,” Stefan Löfven said. “This must stop.”
Bravalla festival’s owner blamed the incidents on the drop of ticket sales. “It stopped being about music and became almost completely about crime and violence,” Folkert Koopmans said, the chief executive at FKP Scorpio.
The Man-Free Festival
After these stories broke out, a Swedish comedian and radio presenter, Emma Knyckare sent out a suggestive tweet, saying: “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?”
The idea received a large amount of support and later confirmed an official decision on Instagram by saying: “Sweden’s first man-free rock festival will see the light next summer.”
“In the coming days I’ll bring together a solid group of talented organisers and project leaders to form the festival organisers, then you’ll hear from everyone again when it’s time to move forward.”