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‘Man-free’ event to replace Swedish music festival

By   /  July 7, 2017  /  Comments Off on ‘Man-free’ event to replace Swedish music festival

Swedish music festival, Bråvalla Festival, will be replaced by a women-only event next year, following dozens of reports of sexual assault at this year’s event.

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Swedish comedian to start ‘women-only’ music festival

Festival-goers attend Bravalla Festival. Image credit: Daniel Åhs Karlsson via Wikipedia

The 2017 Bråvalla Festival saw major international music acts, including The Killers, Linkin Park and Ellie Goulding, perform over four days in Norrköping, a city in eastern Sweden.

But the festival, which began in 2013, will not run again next year, following reports of sexual assault and rape that occurred during last weekend’s event.

In response, Swedish comedian and radio personality Emma Knyckare has decided to start a woman-only festival, tweeting: “What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome, that we’ll run until ALL men have learned how to behave themselves?”

As positive social media response flooded in, Knyckare confirmed via Instagram that the event will go ahead.

“Sweden’s first man-free rock festival will see the light next summer,” she wrote. “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.”

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