Amid the increasing rape cases in huge music festival, a Swedish comedian has floated an idea of a men-free festival to avoid the said scenario.
Due to the growing rape cases, the country’s biggest music festival called Bravalla festival may never take place again.
In view of this possibility, Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare is organising a “man-free” music festival in her home country in response to rape and sexual assault claims at festivals.
Knyckare suggested the idea after reports of a number of sexual offences at Sweden’s biggest music festival Bravalla, which has now been cancelled for next year.
“What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome?” she tweeted.
Also, the comedian said it would take place “until all men have learned how to behave”.
Before the “supposed” men-free festival, organizers and authority has already cancelled the biggest
Swedish festival after rape claim.
A day after her initial tweet, she confirmed plans for the event to go ahead, saying: “Sweden’s first man-free rock festival will see the light next summer.
“In the coming days I’ll bring together a solid group of talented organisers and project leaders to form the festival organisers, then you’ll hear from everyone again when it’s time to move forward.”
Knyckare, who is also a radio host, denied that banning men from her festival was unfair.
In an interview Sweden’s Aftonbladet, the comedian said “since it seems to be OK to discriminate against women all the time, maybe it’s OK to shut out men for three days? I would not exactly call it an abuse not to come to the festival.”
According to Swedish police, they had received several reports of rapes and sexual assaults at Bravalla in the city of Norrkoping, following a similar spate of attacks at last year’s event.
Meanwhile, addressing on the rape claims, the festival’s organisers issued a statement: “Words cannot describe how incredibly sad we are about this, and we most seriously regret and condemn this. We do not accept this at our festival.”
Mumford and Sons, who headlined last year’s event, said afterwards that they would not perform there again until safety had been guaranteed for female concert-goers.
There have been similar problems in England, with reports of two women being raped at last year’s Reading Festival.
In May, more than 25 music festivals in the UK turned off their websites for a day as part of a zero-tolerance campaign against sexual assaults.
The idea of “man-free” zones at festivals is not new. Last year, the Glastonbury introduced its first-ever women’s only venue called The Sisterhood.