Wicked Woods Music Festival Code Of Conduct

We strive to create an environment that is safe, inclusive, and welcoming to all. We believe that there is no place at Wicked Woods for any form of behaviour that creates a hostile environment. Harassment, including microaggressions, are unacceptable in a festival where everyone should feel free from harassment, violence, defamation and discrimination.

Wicked Woods Music Festival is dedicated to an inclusive, harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. All participants are expected

to comply with this code of conduct to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all in attendance.

We do not tolerate harassment of organizers, attendees, volunteers or vendors in any form. All persons must use due care under the circumstances to comply with all rules, regulations, statutes, and laws of the province of British Columbia. Participants violating

these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the festival, without a refund, at the discretion of the festival organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race and religion), deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording,

sustained disruption of artists, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention and defamation. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

In the spirit of an open and inclusive Wicked Woods community, we ask you to commit to the following:

Understand and foster an environment that is free of harassment, sexual

harassment, violence, and discrimination in any form. Be nice! Harassment is

often defined by the person that is being harassed, so being understanding of

another point of view can be critical.

Respect others. We respect every person and encourage personal development

in ourselves and others. Respectful behaviour includes listening before speaking

and asking questions rather than assuming intentions.

Do your part to prevent and stop harassment. Watch out for others. Contribute to

this not only through refraining from engaging in harassing behaviour yourself, but

by supporting others, only when appropriate and safe, that you see experiencing

forms of harassment.

Respect your own needs. Pay attention to your own needs. Ask for help or

clarification. Take the time or space you need to be fully present and rested.

Engage in constructive dialogue. Wicked Woods music festival brings together

people from many different walks of life. Recognize that someone else’s frame of

reference is likely to be different from your own. Slandering comments damaging

or demeaning to Wicked Woods or any affiliation or person's reputation are not

tolerated.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • offending or humiliating someone physically or verbally

  • threatening or intimidating someone; or

  • making unwelcome jokes or comments about someone’s gender, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, citizenship status, or religion

  • microaggressions, which is a term used for brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioural, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward any marginalized group

  • deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent; or stalking or following without consent

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • offensive or humiliating behaviour that is related to a person’s gender identity behaviour of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, unwelcome, hostile, or offensive environment

  • physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop

Violent behaviour may include, but is not limited to:

  • hitting another person;

  • throwing objects;

  • incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to  commit suicide or to engage in self-harm; or

  • any violence, or threats, whether conveyed verbally, in writing, or through behaviour.

Defamation

Defamation is the oral or written communication of a false statement about another that unjustly harms their reputation. This may include, but not limited to;

• When a person makes unpleasant comments about a third party that he or she knows to be false. Such statements can only be made out of malice, with the intention of harming others.

 

When a person says unpleasant things about another when he or she ought to have known they are false. A reasonable person generally refrains from sharing negative information about others if he or she has reason to doubt its veracity.

 

Slandering, making unfavourable comments about Wicked Woods or the Wicked Woods team, without any valid reason for doing so.

 

 

Our Code of Conduct is a community pledge for all participants at Wicked Woods Music Festival, whether you are an artist, volunteer, staff, guest, or in any way taking part in our organization and Festival. If you participate in Wicked Woods, you have the right to be treated with respect and dignity and the obligation to treat others in the same way.

 

 

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the festival organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the festival (with no refund). If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of staff or security staff immediately.  

 

Wicked Woods Music Festival reserves the right to non disclosure of any concerns received to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of those involved. As such, any actions taken to keep Wicked Woods staff, vendors and/or patrons safe and in alignment of our values as stated above will be carried out under our discretion.

 

Wicked Woods organizers will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the festival.

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: BY PARTICIPATING IN Wicked Woods Music Festival, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLY WITH THIS POLICY OF CONDUCT TO ENSURE A SAFE AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL IN ATTENDANCE AT FESTIVAL VENUES AND FESTIVAL RELATED SOCIAL EVENTS.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

info@wickedwoodsmusicfestival.org