Braver Spaces Agreement

  • Bradford Fringe Festival is a community event in a shared space. The festival is organised by a small group of volunteers. We strive to create a welcoming space, therefore audience, organisers and volunteers are all expected to act with care and respect towards each other.
  • Any form of harassment is unacceptable. This includes unwanted sexual comments or contact through webforms.
  • Oppressive or discriminatory behaviours and language have no place here. For example: ableism, ageism, anti-immigrant discrimination, biphobia, classism, colourism, fatphobia, racism, religious discrimination, sexism, transphobia. Note this is not an exhaustive list
  • Please don’t assume the sexuality, gender or pronouns of another person. Examples of pronouns are she/her, he/him, they/them, ze/hir. It is better to ask than assume someone’s pronouns and if you do misgender someone, please be a human being, apologise and use their correct pronouns from then on.
  • Respect the emotional and physical boundaries of others. Don’t intrude on someone’s personal space, persist in doing something they find uncomfortable, or insult people. Again, it’s best not to make assumptions about what someone is comfortable with.
  • As the Fringe is now online we respectfully ask that no one records the performances either on webcams or take photographs of their screen.
  • At workshops, talks and Q&As, please respect the speakers and audience; don’t interrupt or hog the conversation. In conversations about oppressions and issues that we don’t personally face, it is particularly important not to speak over or disrespect the opinions and experiences of those who are personally affected.
  • We all make mistakes (including the organisers and volunteers) but we want to be accountable for our behaviour in order to make sure the festival is a mutually respectful and enjoyable space for everyone.
  • If you think that someone is uncomfortable with a person’s behaviour, please check if they are OK. We hope that if people witness or hear oppressive behaviours/language, they will challenge people if they can/want to.
  • We are a small team of volunteers and will not see everything, we have a designated contact person for potential issues related to these guidelines, so please tell us about any incidents. We will listen and take them seriously.
  • If any conflicts with other attendees do arise, we can help engage with the person by explaining their harmful behaviours. If necessary, and dependent on the wishes of those affected, we will ask them to leave. We look forward to seeing you all at the festival and if you have any suggestions, concerns or questions about this, please e-mail us at: bradfordfringe@gmail.com.

CONTENT WARNINGS

  • With the festival content, we rely on the artists and practitioners who submit to the festival, to note content warnings of potentially distressing content or topics and provide them for each event in the festival programme.
  • However, we know that it’s possible that we may miss things, ad lib lands in an inappropriate way, or other occurrences may arise. If at any point you need to raise an issue, please contact us with your concerns and we will do our best to work with you to resolve this.
  • If you want more information about any of the event warnings, feel free to get in touch by asking us at the festival or e-mailing bradfordfringe@gmail.com in advance.
  • Bradford Fringe will be filming at some events. If you do not want to be included in this please let one of the organisers, volunteers, or film crew know and we will make sure your wishes are respected.

We are indebted to Leeds Queer Film Festival for allowing us to adopt their Safer Spaces Agreement