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YOUROPE releases free-to-use diversity and inclusion toolset for festival sector

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YOUROPE, the European Festival Association, has developed and released the 3F Diversity and Inclusion Toolset for the European festival sector.
The toolset is full of resources that can help festival organisers create more inclusive and diverse festivals – for the audience, artists and their own team. Resources include guides, tests, checklists, interviews, databases, other toolkits, roadmaps, reports, games and action plans. Most were created by different expert organisations all across Europe and sometimes even beyond. The toolset is public and free to use for any festival or cultural event.
The toolset comes as a PDF and an online version. In the PDF, each resource and story is introduced with a few key facts, a teaser of the contents, and a link. There, readers will find full texts explaining the tools and the good-practice examples in detail, as well as download links of the resources.
Chapters are dedicated to: Accessibility and Inclusion, Anti-Racism Work and Diversity, Gender and Sexual Equity, Consciousness and Responsibility, Allyship, and good-practice stories. Plus, there’s a glossary and a Diversity Mission Statement that festivals are free to copy and adapt to their own event.
The toolset is the result of a collaboration of experts from the YOUROPE network, including Roskilde Festival (DK), Primavera Sound (ES), and Flow Festival (FI). They were supported by an advisory board of external experts from different countries and backgrounds. Their tasks were to check the team’s unconscious biases and to ensure that the texts are representative of the groups of people this toolset is dedicated to.
Katharina Weber, YOUROPE project management; contributor and editor of the Toolset, said: “When we talk to festival organisers about diversity at their events, we sometimes hear that they would like to do more, but they don’t know where to start. They’re afraid of doing something wrong, saying the wrong thing, and the potential backlash that might cause, so they don’t touch the topic.

“With this toolset, we give festival organisers a chance to fight this insecurity. It’s a place to start their diversity journey. Our project team did the research and assessed many resources on accessible, diverse, and equal events, so festival organisers don’t have to do it. On top, we hope to inspire them with our stories about good-practice examples from festivals that show how more diversity and inclusion can be achieved.”