Following a string of rapes and sexual assaults at two of the Sweden’s largest festivals, a collection of women are set to hold the first ever women-only festival.
A Kickstarter campaign reached its funding target of 500,000 kronor (£47,000) which will see Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare is organize the “man-free” event.
Far Out reported the news of a potential festival early July after Knyckare launched a response to a recent rapes and sexual assaults at two of Sweden’s biggest music festivals, Bråvalla and Putte I Parken.
“What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome?” she tweeted, before referencing that men would not be welcome “until all men learn how to behave” in reference to recent quotes.
“Since it seems to be OK to discriminate against women all the time, maybe it’s OK to shut out men for three days?” she told Aftonbladet. “I would not exactly call it an abuse not to come to the festival.”
Outrage followed an official police statement in the south-eastern district of Östergötland after it claimed the officers received four rape and 23 sexual assault reports at Bravalla Festival – all of which took place between Thursday and Sunday.
“Help us to create a safe space for the people who want to attend a festival without feeling scared for their personal safety,” read the Kickstarter statement.
The 10,000-capacity festival will formally arrive next summer, with cis women, non-binary and trans women all welcome, according to The Independent.