Gower Folk Festival is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture and ensure that all participants will be respected and valued. This policy reinforces our commitment to providing equality and fairness to all involved in the festival, and not provide less favourable facilities or treatment on the grounds of age, caring responsibilities, disability, family situation, gender expression, gender identity, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including ethnic origin, colour, nationality and national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.
All participants, including the management committee, volunteers, performers, catering and site staff and customers, will be treated fairly and with respect. A separate Safeguarding policy is in place.
Our commitments include:
- To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all team members are recognised and valued.
- To create an environment that promotes dignity and respect for every participant.
- To not tolerate any form of intimidation, bullying, or harassment, and to discipline those that breach this policy.
- To encourage anyone who feels they have been subject to discrimination to raise their concerns so we can apply corrective measures.
- To encourage all involved in running the festival to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
- To annually review all our practices and procedures so that fairness is maintained at all times.
- To inform everyone involved in running the festival that this policy is in operation and that all participants are obliged to comply with its requirements. It will be drawn to the attention of staff, volunteers and performers and published on the festival website.
Our artistic programme is developed to be as inclusive as possible. We afford equal access and status to Welsh speakers/Welsh language.
The festival is committed to ensuring that the event is an enjoyable experience for people of all backgrounds and abilities. There is a dedicated section of the festival website describing site arrangements and encouraging anyone with specific requirements to contact us in advance. The organising committee and stewards take care to ensure that attendees with access needs are given any necessary assistance.
Festival car parking and camping is arranged with the needs of those who need to be close to the festival amenities in mind. Wheelchair access and sitting space is given priority in the main performance arena. We seek to make special provision for those needing to camp close to facilities.
As well as the physical environment we embrace equality of access for our audience through reduced price tickets for children, pensioners, unemployed and students. Official carers for attendees with a disability are admitted free of charge.