Sweden's forthcoming Statement Festival is definitely saying something. The summer 2018 event will only allow cis women, non-binary and trans women to attend. No men are allowed.
Statement Festival is a direct reaction to a rash of sexual assault and rape cases reported at Sweden's popular festivals Bråvalla and Putte I Parken. Bråvalla 2018 was canceled following 23 reported sexual assaults in 2017 alone.
What started as a tweet from comedienne Emma Knyckare quickly gained traction, culminating in a Kickstarter to raise funds for a female-only festival. The Kickstarter outlines that, in Sweden, it is not illegal to exclude a group based on gender when the exclusion is made in "good intention," here giving female-identifiers a safe place to enjoy music in public. Now that the goal of 500,000 Swedish Kroner, or more than $60,000, has been raised, Statement Festival embarks on the next phase of its journey.