SAFE SPACES AND CODE OF CONDUCT

Moose Blues is committed to creating a safe and welcoming dance floor. As such we require attendees to follow our codes of conduct and treat each other with the respect and sensitivity that blues dancers are famous for. If each dancer takes responsibility for their actions throughout the whole festival- both in classes and social dances we can help create an enjoyable event for all.

All individuals have different lines of what they find acceptable or comfortable. As dancers we are responsible for ensuring that we keep our behaviours to within the comfort zones of all those we interact with. To ensure we don’t expect everyone to have the same limits and to always think from the perspective of others. Mistakes happen, we are all human, but we own our mistakes and ensure that we apologize. We have put together the following code of conduct to ensure that we can maintain a good atmosphere at our ‘hygglig’ event.

If you feel your boundaries have been compromised in any way. If you feel harassed or unsafe or if you witness inappropriate behaviours contact our safe space team as soon as possible.

 

THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE ON THE DANCEFLOOR

Moose Blues welcomes all dancers and music lovers,

regardless of their sex, gender identity, ethnicity,

sexual orientation, disabilities or religion.

We do not tolerate racist, homophobic, sexist, transphobic,

ableist or other kind of oppressive behaviour or language.

 

PERSONAL BOUNDARIES ARE IMPORTANT

Respect other people's bodies and personal boundaries.

Do not touch anyone without consent.

If someone tells you to stop something during an interaction, do so immediately.

Each person decides their own personal boundaries.

 

YOU CAN SAY NO

If someone asks you for a dance or a second dance and you don’t want to, say “no thanks”.

You do not have to give an explanation.

 

ACCEPT A NO  

If you ask for a dance or a second dance and someone says “no, thank you”, accept and be ok with it.

 

DANCE SAFELY

Think about your floor craft. Don't do any aerials or lifts on the social dance floor and don’t dip anyone that hasn't given their consent.

 

DANCE RESPECTFULLY

Please don’t give unsolicited comments on peoples dancing.

 

DANCING AND DRINKING

If you can’t ensure the safety of your behaviour when drinking – don’t drink!

You are always responsible for your actions.

 

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

We can share the responsibility for the cleanliness of our venue and our beautiful Norway, just as much as the staff.

We can ensure we keep coats and bags off the dancefloor, keep open containers of liquid off the floor, and throw away any trash responsibly.

 

WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER

We are here for you!

We encourage anyone who feels unsafe, harassed or witnesses inappropriate behaviour to tell the safe spaces team. We will do our best to support you and we will be as confidential and sensitive as possible when taking any further action.

 

Harassing someone will have consequences.

These may include being asked to leave and a report being made to the police.

If you are asked to leave the event no refunds will be available.

 

We are creating this festival together, organizers as well as participants. If you have any thoughts about the code of conduct or other ideas to improve the event then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

This code of conduct is influenced by the codes of conduct of

Queer Lindy Festival, Gothenburg,

Bear Blues Exchange Berlin and West Coast Jitterbugs, Gothenburg.

 

To report a violation of the code during the events for immediate assistance, please contact a safer spaces team member. To report a complaint outside of the event space you can contact us through email at oslocityblues@gmail.com or by calling

0047 40602152.

OUR SAFE SPACE TEAM

 

Talk to one of our designated contact persons:

Emelie: +47 46090322 / annaemelieakesson@gmail.com