Thousands of music lovers attend music festivals all year round, which are intended to be a safe place for people to enjoy their favorite artists. However, there have been multiple reports of sexual assaults taking place at recent events, making women worried about their safety.
Following these reports, the Swedish community, led by Emma Knyckare, decided to take to Kickstarter to try and organize a women-only music festival, called Statement Festival. She came up with the idea after hearing about the cancellation for next year’s Bravalla Festival, which had reported multiple sexual assaults. The Kickstarter web page showed donations from over 3,300 people and has raised about 533,000 Swedish kronor ($66,000) for the festival, which is a message against sexual abuse.
“At music festivals, everyone should feel safe. This sounds obvious right? Still, year after year the music festivals around the world has shown us the opposite. However, to arrange a festival for 10,000 people is not a small defeat. We are already hard at work, but we need your help,” read the Kickstarter page.