Safer Space Guidelines at Baltic Circle Festival

Illustration: Katri Astala & Iisa Pappi

By entering this event we all agree to respect each other’s physical, mental and emotional boundaries within the space.

We don’t tolerate racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, misogyny or any other oppressive behaviour or language.

These common principles exist to create a safer and better environment for all:

  • Never assume consent. Ask, respect the answer you receive, and apologise when needed.

  • Never assume the identity, sexuality, gender, pronoun, health or sickness, ability or background of others.

  • Respect the opinions, beliefs, experiences, and personal space of each other.

  • Do not touch other people, service dogs, mobility aids or medical devices without consent. Avoid using perfume.

  • Be aware of your prejudices, privileges, behaviour, and the space you occupy. Give others space to move, retreat, and take distance.

  • Act with positive intent and take care of each other.

Striving for safer spaces is a shared effort amongst us sharing this space. If something doesn’t feel right to you, please speak up. You may share your concerns with Baltic Circle staff (wearing festival pass) or the security guards. It is their duty to listen and take action accordingly.

Harassment, discrimination & inappropriate behaviour

Everyone has different ideas of what constitutes inappropriate behaviour, and defining such behaviour unambiguously is impossible. The fact that a person feels that they have been treated inappropriately and wants the matter to be addressed is reason enough to address it.

All behaviour that creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for another person is considered harassment. You can read more about grounds for discrimination prohibited by the Non-discrimination Act here.

Baltic Circle aims to create an accessible festival

The safer space guidelines are part of the accessibility of the festival. Performance as well as venue specific accessibility information and content warnings can be found at the programme page at the page of each event. If you have any questions or concerns about the accessibility of the festival, please don’t hesitate to ask our personnel on site. You can also contact us via email at .

Illustration: Katri Astala & Iisa Pappi