Space for All

Safer Knockengorroch Statement

Knockengorroch 2023
Knockengorroch 2023

Everybody should feel safe at Knockengorroch. We have created the following statement to reflect our commitment to a fair, diverse and inclusive festival community AND to make our zero tolerance approach to sexual misconduct, violence, discrimination and abuse clear. This applies to everyone at the festival – we are all responsible for creating a space where everyone feels safe – and it is essential that you read this in full before attending.

At Knockengorroch:

  • People will be treated equally and no-one will be discriminated against or prevented from participating in any of our activities because of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, sex, religion or belief. These are all protected characteristics, and it is illegal to harass or victimize people because of them.
  • We aim to actively promote and celebrate diversity in our community of artists, crew, volunteers and festival goers.
  • We aim to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome, support is in place to overcome barriers to access where possible, and everyone knows how they can report any breaches of this policy.

These are high aims, and we are committed to revise and review how we can best meet them each year, to adapt and make changes where we can. We also welcome feedback, and strongly encourage any incidents at the festival to be reported so we can improve.

We will help to make this happen with our zero-tolerance approach to abuse and sexual misconduct and supportive processes to deal with incidents if they occur.

In the first instance, we want to emphasise that behaviour which is bullying, abusive, violent or coercive of others is not acceptable at Knockengorroch. If you are unsure if something you are doing is bullying, abusive, violent or coercive, step away from it and maintain our commitment to a diverse and inclusive festival where everyone can have a good time – including you.

At the festival we should look out for each other and be aware of how our own behaviour can, sometimes unintentionally, make others feel. For more information on how to make festivals safe for everyone, and how to best support others – check out Festival Safe.

Read our full Equalities, Diversion and Inclusion Policy

If an incident occurs at Knockengorroch festival

If someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, please do not stay silent. You can either visit the Welfare Tent or report it to the on duty Office Supervisor at the Festival Office (both are marked on the festival map). They will work with you to try to make sure it does not happen again and that you continue to feel safe at our festival. If this is not possible, or the situation is complex or a crime has been committed, they will report to a Festival Director, who will coordinate the response.

We would encourage you to report incidents during the festival so we can work to address them – however, if you are unable to do so, or have additional information to add after the festival, you can complete the form below.


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