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Sad Grrrls Fest Brisbane 2017
November 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 11:55 pm UTC+10
Sad Grrrls Club Presents
In partnership with Young Henrys
SAD GRRRLS FEST BRISBANE 2017
Saturday November 4th
NEW VENUE: BLACK BEAR LODGE BRISBANE (18+)
Rachel Maria Cox*
Antonia & The Lazy Susans
JUST ADDED: Morning TV (SYD)
Being Jane Lane
Average Art Club
Laura Mardon Music
Emmy Hour Music
*Rachel Maria Cox appearing solo in Brisbane only
Sad Grrrls Festival, Australia’s Largest music festival dedicated to promoting gender diversity in the music industry, is back for its third year running. Presented by DIY record label and booking agency Sad Grrrls Club, the festival, which last year sold out Melbourne’s Reverence Hotel and packed out Sydney’s Factory Theatre, has added a Brisbane leg to the event!
Perhaps the most significant change is the announcement of acts headlining all three dates of the festival. Headed up by Major Leagues and Nakatomi, organisers have already announced that Canberra’s Moaning Lisa, Melbourne’s Huntly, Newcastle’s Rachel Maria Cox (also the person behind Sad Grrrls Club) and labelmates Antonia & The Lazy Susans will be playing alongside stacked local line ups in each city.
Last year, Beat Magazine called it “the greatest event I’ve ever attended” and event organiser/label manager/performer Rachel Maria Cox says ‘This year there’s been a bit of a wait on the line up announcement, but I’m confident it has paid off. I’m incredibly stoked with the changes we’ve made and the line up we’ve put together and I hope everyone else will be too.”
Sad Grrrls Club Safer Spaces Invitation:
ALL SAD GRRRLS CLUB EVENTS ARE SAFER SPACES
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge that this event takes place on occupied Aboriginal land of the Turrbal People of the Meanjin Nation, and we acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to the Indigenous Elders past, present and future.
What is a Safer Space?
According to the Coalition for Safer Spaces, “a safer space is a supportive, non-threatening environment that encourages open-mindedness, respect, a willingness to learn from others, as well as physical and mental safety. It is a space that is critical of the power structures that affect our everyday lives, and where power dynamics, backgrounds, and the effects of our behavior on others are prioritized. It’s a space that strives to respect and understand survivors’ specific needs. Everyone who enters a safer space has a responsibility to uphold the values of the space.”
A Safer Spaces Invitation is not perfect from the beginning and is an ever-evolving document that highlights issues as they come to the surface therefore requires constant revision. The term “safer” is used because it is understood that every individual’s perception of safety is different and no space can be entirely safe for every single individual. However, a safer spaces invitation operates on trust and we hope that we will all be aware of our own actions to ensure the safety of others and will be held accountable when we jeopardise the wellbeing of ourselves and others.
What does this mean?
As individuals, we are all responsible for our own actions and their consequences. There is zero tolerance for abusive, violent and hateful behaviour. Please be mindful of your own words and actions.
Sad Grrrls Club events strive to be free of:
-Homophobia, Transphobia, Racism, Sexism, Ableism, Discrimination & Hate Speech
-Bullying & put downs
-The usage of illicit substances on our premises and excessive intoxication on our premises
-Kicking or throwing of objects
-Abusive/threatening behaviour including verbal & physical violence
We Ask That You:
-Assess the way in which you dominate spaces; ask yourself “does my behaviour make people around me feel uncomfortable or threatened?”
-Don’t touch people without asking for their consent first
-Ask about peoples’ preferred pronouns. Sad Grrrls Fest is a gender diverse initiative therefore the way we address people can really affect them – use “they”and “their” as pronouns if you’re unsure. Don’t assume that a person adheres to the he/she binary.
What happens when someone violates the Safer Spaces Invitation?
On first instance, a staff member will issue that person with a reminder. If their behaviour continues, there will be a mediation meeting held to discuss their behaviour and how they may be helped with changing those behaviours. This meeting may be held with the organisers and venues. However, if a breach is ongoing or severe, the organisers and venue can issue people with a ban. We would like to resolve conflicts internally before having to call upon any law enforcement. Law enforcement should always be a last resort.
If you feel unsafe:
Sad Grrrls Fest Safer Spaces officers will be indicated by lanyards and wristbands. Please come and see one of these people if you require help at any point. If you would prefer to remain anonymous you can text a phone number that will be provided closer to the event date.
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Advice and support for anxiety and depression
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Life Crisis Support
NSW Rape Crisis: 1800 424 017
Counselling service for sexual assault
QLife: 1800 1845 27
LGBTIQ Counselling and referral service
Accessibility – There is wheelchair accessibility to the area in front of the stage and to the outdoor bar, but unfortunately there is not accessibility to the bathrooms. Fortunately there are wheelchair-friendly bathrooms located in the nearby mall.
Bathrooms – The Brightside will ensure that the bathrooms are not gender specific on the day by updating the current signage.
Scent sensitivities – The space is not 100% scent-free. There is no smoking allowed indoors or in the outdoor bar area except for an allocated smoking space. The allocated smokers area is located at the front of the outdoor area of the venue, to the left as you enter the front gates.