Meet the festival presenters, learn about verbal and body consent, and how best to navigate through the festival. Everyone must attend. The official festival opening will take play at 2pm on Friday 26th January.
To ensure that everyone who comes to the festival takes part in an atmosphere of informed consent, all participants must attend the Festival Opening, during which we will provide a framework which will enable participants to express their wishes and boundaries in clear ways, and gracefully to accept refusal. We will look at questions such as impulse control, how to deal with unpleasant interactions, as well as partner choice. We will also provide necessary tools about how to read "body consent", which supports verbal communication. People who act in a non-consensual fashion, or who make others feel uncomfortable by virtue of their behaviour will be first warned and then if they persist, they will be asked to leave. People who are unduly aggressive to other participants or staff will also be asked to leave.