Festival for all

Accesible festival

Accesibility on site
  • Disabled viewing platform

     

    A disabled viewing platform is located in front of the Main Stage. It allows disabled festival-goers easier and safer access to the shows. Ask festival stewards - members of the Peace Patrol for assistance. 

  • Accesible facilities

     

    Locations of accessible toilets: 

    • Main Stage - the right-hand side by the Lost & Found Tent 
    • Shopping Alley - next to the First Aid Point by the Siema Shop & by the Krishna Peace Village 
    • AFA - next to the Himalayan Camp 
    • Second Stage - the right-hand side of by the First Aid Point 
    • Field Hospital - by the Motorcycle Village 
    • Malinowski Field Campsite - by the First Aid Point 

    ! Accessible facilities are located within the organizer's areas. Ask Peace Patrol volunteers (festival stewards wearing red T-shirts) or staff at the areas for access! 

     There is a paid shower facility at the Family Camp site. The portable shower is not adapted for electric wheelchair use. Cost: PLN 12 

  • Polish Sign Language interpretation

    The opening of the Festival will be translated into Polish Sign Language.

    All talks taking place at the Academy of the Finest of Arts will be interpreted into Polish Sign Language. There also will be Polish Sign Language interpretation at sign language music workshops. 

    Polish Sign Language Interpretation will be provided pro bono by Sevenet S.A. 

  • Access for All

    Accessibility: 

    • accessible shower and toilets 
    • accessible access to all First Aid Points 
    • accessible access to all food stalls 
    • access to all main AFA tents 
  • Backpacks Rock for people with hearing loss

    Sound Touch Set technology allows festival-goers with hearing loss to experience the music. Bone conducting backpacks will be available for rent, free of charge, at the Mastercard zone. 

Tips for festival-goers with disabilities
  • Asertiveness & disability

    Remember that you can assert your opinion and stance whenever someone's behaviour makes you uncomfortable. You set your own boundaries, but  you should pay attention to the following behaviour: 

    1. when someone forces their help, in a way that might cause more trouble 
    2. when someone patronizes you, treats you like a child, makes decisions for you
    3. when someone touches you without your consent 
    4. when someone uses your wheelchair or your walking aids to hang their stuff or puts their things on your knees - without asking your permission first
    5. when someone does not address you directly, talking to people around you instead 

    You can say no or reject someone's help. Setting boundaries does not equal to hurting someone's feelings. You can offer them reasons for your refusal. 

  • Bed-sores prevention

    You should not go to the festival if you are suffering from bed-sores as the festival conditions, such as heat, dust, and many hours spent in the wheelchair will make treating your condition very difficult. 

    What to do to prevent bed-sores? 

    1. Keep a close watch of your skin's condition - any signs of redness, irritation should alarm you;
    2. Try to change your position at least once in 3 hours. Avoid any rubber or plastic materials making contact with your skin;
    3. Make sure your clothing and sleeping bag are dry;
    4. Natural, breathable, and light fabrics are highly recommended. Make sure there is no thick stitching or prominent buttons, which might irritate your skin;
    5. Use gentle cleansing products, avoid cosmetics which contain alcohol and never combine powdered cosmetics with thick creams or oils;
    6. Take any chance to be active, move as much as you can! Change your position and while resting, lie on your stomach to allow your back much needed rest. 
  • What to do when your wheelchair or any other mobility aid requires repair?

    Those things happen, usually at the worst possible time! It is difficult to foresee and very difficult to prepare for. Make sure you pack ample amounts of gaffer tape - you can use it to fix all minor defects: from defective equipment to defective tent. If you use a wheel-chair to get around the festival field, make sure you pack a small repair kit: wheel pump, and things you can use to patch the wheels. If you can't fix it by yourself, please get in touch with Avalon Foundation (contact number to be published soon), as they will have all of the necessary tools on hand. 

  • How to ask for help?

    No-one likes asking for assistance, but there are situations when you have no other option. Luckily, the festival is filled with helpful, kind people. It is important for you to be able to explain what exactly you need and how to help you exactly. Do not get discouraged easily, someone will surely help you. Make sure to set your own boundaries, and know when to say NO! when someone forcefully helps you or hurts you with their attempts to help. 

     

  • What to do when your body lets you down?

    Accidents can happen. Make sure you are accompanied by a trustworthy person who can quickly take you to the restroom or shower facility. Make sure you both know exactly where these accessible facilities are located and where is the closest one to your current location. Make sure to have all necessities and change on (shower facilities are all paid - PLN 12) you at all times! 

  • Why it's so important to stay hydrated?

    Drink plenty of water as the effects of dehydration can be very dangerous. And symptoms might include overall weakness, fainting, diarrhoea, nausea, and even organ failure. You should drink at least 2 litres of water, especially when the weather is hot. Remember that you should drink still water - drinking plenty of soft drinks or alcohol will not do the trick! Drink water often and in reasonable amounts. You will feel better, more rested and more energised. Drinking less water will not equal fewer trips to the restroom. Limiting water intake and trips to the toilet put a huge strain on your body! 

  • How to avoid sunstroke?

    Drink plenty of water and make sure you wear light, breathable clothes. You should wear a hat and sunglasses and remember to put on sunscreen. If it all fails and you feel overall weakness, dizziness, restlessness, nausea, buzzing in your ears, headaches, convulsions, make sure to find the nearest First Aid Point or talk to Peace Patrol volunteers. Take care of yourself and also look out for others! 

  • What to do when you hurt yourself?

    It depends on what has happened. If it's a bruise or a cut you can easily deal with yourself, it is enough to sanitize it. Make sure you keep a small first aid kit handy (band-aids, sanitizing gel). If you need medical assistance get in touch with Peace Patrol volunteers or members of Medical Patrol. There are First Aid points located across the festival field and we also have a Field Hospital. 

  • What areas are accesible to disabled festival-goers?

    All accessible areas are marked on the festival map. There is a viewing platform in front of the Main Stage, so that you can enjoy the concerts in a safe, comfortable environment. All First Aid points and food stalls have accessible entrances and the same goes for all main AFA tents. Accessible facilities, such as toilets and showers are clearly marked as well. There are free taps available on the festival field, but showers are all paid. 

  • What essentials to pack?

    PACKING LIST: 

    • toilet paper (always take one extra roll!) 
    • pen-knife 
    • torchlight (headlight works best. Make sure to pack extra batteries!) 
    • string (2 -5 meters long) 
    • power/gaffer tape 
    • a few cable ties 
    • camp shovel 
    • lighters 
    • festival map & schedule (make sure to mark your tent and other important locations!) 
    • power bank (there are charging stations, but there are always queues there) 
    • plastic wrap (the thicker the better. it's very useful, especially during heavy rainfall).  

    FIRST AID KIT 

    • medicine (make sure to pack extra!) 
    • painkillers 
    • cold medicine 
    • upset stomach medicines
    • any disinfectant 
    • band-aids 
    • elastic bandages
    • sting relief pads/ cream 
    • NRC foil 

    CLOTHES 

    • waterproofs (raincoats, jackets, wellies. You can buy cheap raincoats and cover yourself and your wheel-chair)
    • hat
    • sunglasses 
    • kerchief (to protect you against dust, especially when you are using a wheel-chair to get around, or as additional protection against the sun) 
    • warm clothes (in case the weather turns cold) 
    • swimsuit/swim trunks 
    • underwear & socks 
    • t-shirts and other clothes 

    WASHBAG 

    • sunscreen (the higher the protection, the better!) 
    • wet wipes 
    • insect repellent 
    • tissues 
    • antibacterial gel 
    • hygienic pads or tampons 
    • condoms 

    ESSENTIALS FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS 

    • urology supplies (make sure to pack extra! there are plenty of factors that can cause an upset stomach or other issues!) 
    • fingerless gloves (biker gloves) 
    • sprinkler to help with thermoregulation when it's hot 
    • extra tire and small repair kit 
    • a small bag or a backpack for things you should have on you at all times: disinfectant gel, tissues, wet wipes, Urology supplies, medicine) 

    ESSENTIALS FOR PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH COMMUNICATION (or speak quietly) 

    • pack a notepad and pen or a marker pen to facilitate communication! Fine tipped (CD marker pens) markers work best! 
  • Advice for people with hearing loss

    Activities: 

    1. All talks at AFA will be interpreted into Polish Sign Language; 

    2. Polish Sign Language interpretation workshops at AFA are open for everyone - you will learn how to sing in Polish Sign Language. 

    Practical advice: 

    1. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the festival map. Note First Aid Points nearest to your campsite. 

    2. Peace Patrol volunteers - festival stewards - and Medical Patrol volunteers - medical professionals are there to help. You can ask them for advice and support at any time. 

    3. Make sure to charge your phone and carry a charged power bank on you at all times. Charging stations are located across the festival site - at Play Zone, Allegro Zone. 

    4. Locate the nearest charging station - texting or writing something on your phone might prove to be the best way of communicating with the people you meet at the festival. 

    5. Download festival app - it's handy when it comes to keeping track of the line-up, schedule changes, and other important updates. 

    6. Pay attention to your surroundings - even though there is a ban on vehicular traffic at the festival, there are emergency quads and ambulances driving though the field. 

     

Tips for abled festival-goers
  • How to offer help to a festival goer with mobility impairments?

    Remember that adult festival-goers with a disability should be treated with respect and approached as independent people. No matter how much in your opinion that person might need assistance, ask them first. Never force your help on anyone, and never surprise them with your attempts to help, no matter how well-intended they might be. You can simply hurt the person you wanted to offer help to. 

    Make sure to find out how exactly you can help, and ask the person with a disability for an explanation first. 

    A few useful pointers are: 

    • don't grab that person by their arms - some people, especially those using canes or crutches rely on their arms to maintain their balance; 
    • don't lift a wheelchair by its handles or footrests, because you can tear these parts off; 
    • when in doubt - ask! That is the only way to ensure that your help is useful. 
  • How to behave during a concert?

    A good rule of thumb is to take care of others like you would like to be taken care of. Look around, and show some empathy towards other festival-goers, regardless of their ability. When you see someone with mobility impairments - whether using a wheelchair or crutches - make sure they will not be pushed or shoved by the crowd. You can let people around know by shouting "BE CAREFUL!" and you can also tell the wheelchair user that this spot might be dangerous. If they disagree - it is their right to do so. 

  • Important tips!

    1. Never force your help on anyone! Always ask about how to help and if your help is welcome at all! 

    2. Always treat a person with disabilities how you'd like to be treated:

    - people using wheelchairs are not children;

    - do not hesitate to say "see you later" to a visually impaired person;

    - speech impairment does not equal intellectual disability;

    - respect personal space: do not pat people with disabilities on the head, do not invade their personal space or touch them without their consent;

    - when speaking to people with disabilities, address them directly. 

    3. Do not use a wheelchair handles to hang your stuff, or put your bags on the knees of a wheelchair user. To do so is to disrespect a wheelchair user's personal space. Ask for their permission first. 

    4. Do not patronize people with disabilities, treat them with respect. 

    5. Be open, respectful, and kind. You will surely find common ground! 

     

  • How to communicate with deaf people

    1. Communication is much more than speech - use gestures, and if it fails, typing a message into your mobile phone is the best solution. Remember that the Polish language is, essentially a foreign language for a deaf person, so they will not be fluent! Use simple sentences and language which would be easy to understand. 

    2. Don't get discouraged if you don't understand what a deaf person has written - they seldom use Polish, and it is like a foreign language they are not really fluent in. They might make spelling mistakes. Do your best to understand what they might mean and use gestures too! 

    3. If you want to learn the basics of Sign Language - ask a deaf person to teach you. It's very useful knowledge and deaf people are usually very willing to help. 

    4. If you notice that a deaf person looks lost and confused - approach them and offer help - you can direct them to the nearest First Aid or Peace Patrol post. 

     

  • What to do, when someone does not react to sounds?

    Show that you care and help - if you see someone who seems not to react to sounds make sure to warn them about the coming ambulance or other potential danger. Touch their arm or shoulder gently to get their attention. Use gestures to show what you mean! 

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