The Opening Ceremony (6-7:30pm)

Meet the festival presenters, learn about verbal and body consent, and how best to navigate through the festival. The official festival opening will take play at 7pm on Friday 1st June.

To ensure that everyone who comes to the festival takes part in an atmosphere of informed consent, all participants, who have bought an all-inclusive ticket, must attend the Opening Ceremony, 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. If you cannot attend the Opening Ceremony, you need to inform us. We will look at questions such as stating one's boundaries, 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. 

The Opening Ceremony will also include a journey through the senses, which will provide you the opportunity to practice you've learned about consensual and boundary-appropriate touch.

In this space, you will have the benefit of doing as little or as much as you desire – and will be encouraged to just be you. You will learn to create strong boundaries for yourself without shutting others down and begin to be more open to others and able to give and receive comfortably, and be touched, valued and nurtured.