CONSENT, LET'S TALK ABOUT IT!
Once again this year, Les Ardentes is taking action to raise awareness, protect and inform festival-goers on the theme of consent.
The festival is taking responsibility for combating all forms of harassment and sexual and gender-based violence. Les Ardentes has decided to continue the SYNKA project launched in 2022 and to take its action plan even further.
THE SAFETY ZONES
Two Safety Zones will be set up to help anyone who wishes to discuss issues of consent, harassment or aggression. The first will be located in the village at the entrance to the festival and the second in the entertainment area of the campsite. Volunteers, psychologists, sexologists and nurses from the Centre de Prise en Charge des Violences Sexuelles de Liège (Liège Centre for the Treatment of Sexual Violence) will be on hand to welcome festival-goers to these safe and friendly information and counselling areas.
THE SYNKA BRIGADE
The Synka Brigade will be on hand throughout the festival to ensure that festival-goers are safe, respected and treated with kindness! A team of volunteers will be present in the Safety Zone and will be out on patrol throughout the festival. Easily identifiable by their t-shirts, these volunteers are the spokespeople for the Synka project. They'll be able to give you information and answer your questions, but they'll also be able to intervene at any time, hear what witnesses and victims have to say and liaise with the relevant people present at Les Ardentes.
If you witness or are the victim of an unusual event or behaviour, violent comments or gestures, or a lack of respect for consent, don't hesitate for a second to contact the Synka brigade.
0 800 20 301
This is the free SYNKA emergency number, available 24 hours a day throughout the festival. Witness or victim of inappropriate behaviour, harassment, discrimination or violence? Contact the SYNKA team on this number.
To ensure that this system remains as effective as possible, please do not call this number for any practical information not relating to this subject.
RAISING STAFF AWARENESS
Les Ardentes is committed to making your festival as safe as it is festive! And don't hesitate to contact our staff if you feel the need. All the people working on the festival (organising team, security guards, bar staff, etc.) have been made aware of the problems of sexual harassment and violence, discrimination and lack of respect for consent. They are informed of all the resources available on the site and above all trained to react appropriately, and to redirect you to the appropriate people.
A number of preventive devices will be distributed in the Safety Zones. You can pick up glass protectors in the form of scrunchies and key rings, which can be reused after the festival. The Liège Night Council is also providing bandanas on which festival-goers can write the telephone number of their "evening buddy". In the event of an emergency, the party buddy will be the first person contacted. Take care of yourself and others. If you see someone who seems disorientated, don't hesitate to call the number on their bandana.
This year, Les Ardentes wants to raise awareness of consent, sexuality and relationships in a fun way. Take part in the sex quizzes on the campsite and right next to the festival's Safety Zone and try to win a whole host of prizes.
THE SAFEWALK SYNKA
Want to leave the festival but don't feel like walking to the campsite on your own? Meet us under the Cerise Fruitz Tower at the entrance to the festival and make your way to the campsite in safety! The SYNKA brigade will be setting up group departures every hour from 9pm to take you back to the campsite.
THE FESTIVALGOER'S CHARTER
Les Ardentes is committed to combating all types of inappropriate behaviour. This is why we expect our public to adopt a respectful attitude. By coming to Les Ardentes, each festival-goer is aware of the values defended by the festival and undertakes to respect the common actions and rules set out in the charter of good conduct.
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