Safe zones in front of the events, where only women are allowed to be. It is one of the measures that the Gothenburg Culture Festival is considering to prevent sexual abuse during the festival.
“It would be a dramatic measure for us as an open festival. But everyone should be able to experience the festival without feeling unsafe,” Stafilidis said.
Abuse of female festival-goers has received considerable attention recently, particularly after several rapes during Bråvalla festival ,and a large number of reports of sexual molestation in connection with Putte i Parken in Karlstad.
No one should feel unsafe
The Culture Festival in Gothenburg has so far been spared from similar problems, says the business leader Tasso Stafilidis. But for this year’s edition, in mid-August, the festival has nevertheless, as a last resort, developed a program which includes safe zones in front of the stage.