Safer Space Policy

WE ARE A SAFER SPACE

Berlin Music Commission, Most Wanted:Music and Safe The Dance have teamed up to make their events and organisations as safe and welcoming as possible for all guests, team members, invited speakers and artists. We invite you to inform yourselves on our Safer Space measures to ensure you know how and where to receive support in case you or someone you know experience discrimination or harassment. We stand with survivors and prioritize how they experience a situation. We hope that together we can make our events a great experience for everyone!

Awareness is defined as to being attentive and sensitive to problems and discrimination. Outside of Germany, we instead often hear the phrase “Safer Space Policy” being used. Awareness is a concept that deals with respectful behavior towards one another. It is about supporting each other and creating a space in which everyone can feel comfortable, and no assaults or discriminatory behavior is tolerated. Boundary violations are defined individually by those affected: What incidents cause people to feel attacked, disrespected, discriminated against, hurt, belittled or overwhelmed is not questioned. What you believe to be a harmless little something, can be a traumatic experience for others. If you are not sure whether your behavior is okay, we recommend: Better to ask for consent once too often than crossing a boundary accidentally.

  1. Consent
    Individual boundaries are to be respected: Only yes means yes!
  2. We Believe Survivors
    Where assault, harassment or border crossing begins is only determined by the person affected.
  3. Solidarity
    We do not question the perception of the affected person concerning the incident. Solidarity and making people feel safe is our primary goal. The Awareness staff also supports guests in case there is an incident concerning a team member, speaker or artists and will stand at their side in solidarity taking their side.

Awareness staff at MW:N on site

If you feel threatened, harassed or uncomfortable our trained awareness staff are available to talk to in case you need support or if you want to let us know that something has happened to someone else. They can be found at the information point and on site wearing a red backpack with a big yellow “A”.

If you see that another person needs help: get in touch with the awareness staff or ask the person concerned if everything is OK. Do not leave it to “others” to become active.

You do not have to explain or justify your experience or observation – we take all accounts seriously.

In the case of an emergency, you can speak to any staff member (e.g. at the bar, entrance etc.) and they will guide you to the awareness staff.

Support via Phone / Messenger: +49 1522 6760993
You can reach the support team at any time using WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram or by calling.

Support via Email
awareness@mwm-berlin.de

Support Times Kulturbrauerei

  • Tuesday November 8th  
    19 – 00 Kesselhaus  (Entrance)
  • Wednesday November 9th 
    10 – 22 Uhr Palais Networking Areal 
  • Thursday November 10th 
    11 – 17 Palais Networking Areal 
    18:30 – 00:45 Kesselhaus (Entrance)

Support Colosseum & Satelites
Unfortunately, we won’t have awareness staff onsite, if you need support you can call our awareness staff on the general support number, and we will find a solution. 

If you would like to give us anonymous feedback or discuss incidents at Most Wanted: Music or other BMC events, you can do so here. Of course, you can also report problems within the team or with members of the BMC or Most Wanted: Music. We are also always happy to receive suggestions for improvement!

(WE) TAKE CARE
You have the right to feel safe at our event. If you feel harassed or uncomfortable, contact us. If you see that another person needs help, ask the person if they need support. You can also let us know – we take all reports seriously and will take action if a person violates our safer space policy. At the core of our code of conduct is the  General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) you can read about your legal rights concerning discrimination.

WE ARE A SAFER SPACE
We want everyone to feel accepted and welcome regardless of gender, sexuality, skin color, religion, age, race or ability. We therefore do not tolerate anti-semitism, racism, sexism, ableism, ageism or any other form of discrimination or harassment.

RESPECT BOUNDARIES – CONSENT IS EVERYTHING
Enjoy yourself at our event, but be sure to respect other people’s boundaries! Make sure the other person clearly signals that they want to talk or interact with you. Only the affected person has the right to decide when a boundary has been crossed – for some that will mean even shaking hands. If someone does no longer want to talk to you, we ask you to honor their boundary.

WE BELIEVE SURVIVORS
People who have suffered through an incident are at the heart of our actions, we believe their account and stand in solidarity with them. We want to make everyone feel safe and welcome.

GENDER IS NOT VISIBLE
Please do not infer the gender identity of the other person from their appearance. Just because you read someone as male or female does not mean that person identifies that way.

PRONOUNS
We encourage everyone to share their pronouns – there will be pronoun stickers available at the registration. We understand that this is not easy for all people, and of course accept if you’d rather not share yours. Please ask each person by which pronoun (he, she, they, none, …) they would like to be addressed. There are also people who do not use pronouns. Using the wrong pronouns can be hurtful and also traumatizing and should therefore be avoided whenever possible.

LANGUAGE MATTERS
We use gender and diversity sensitive language (and exclude the generic masculine in German language). We try to avoid gendered language such as „ladies first,“ „girl boss,“ or „real men“.

EMBRACE DIFFERENCES – THE FUTURE IS INTERSECTIONAL
When certain issues raise uncomfortable feelings for individuals, we stand with the person and remember that each person brings different experiences and thus also reacts differently to sensitive topics or microaggressions. We would like to create a space where we are open and welcoming to different perspectives, especially of marginalized communities like FLINTA+, LGBTIQ+, people with disabilities or BIPoC.

REFLECT YOUR PRIVILIGES
We all make mistakes. We ask you to take responsibility for your actions. When someone constructively criticizes you, please be open and listen.

SHARING KNOWLEDGE & LEARNING TOGETHER
We want to learn together and create safer spaces. We share relevant resources with each other to educate ourselves as a group. BIPoC and other marginalized groups are not responsible for the education of others. However, there are good organizations that you can reach out to and who can send you info material, book tips, and link recommendations. You can find more information at our Awareness Point (and soon on our website).

PARTICIPATE BUT LEAVE SPACE FOR OTHERS
All participants are encouraged to actively participate in discussions. None of us knows everything, but together we know a lot. However: Please be mindful of how much space and time you take in discussions and, if necessary, postpone your contributions to give others the opportunity to participate as well. And if you’re usually someone who does not speak up, try it!

INVISIBLE DISABILITIES
Please note that not every disadvantage is visible. Consider: What is normal for you is not necessarily so for everyone.

ALLGENDER RESTROOMS
All toilets at Kulturbrauerei will be all gender. Colloseum 8mm and satelites TBA.

SAFER SPACE RETREAT ROOM
We provide a Safer Space retreat room that can be used in the event of an incident. You can also use the room if you are neurodivergent (ADHD/on the autism spectrum) and need some quiet time to decompress. The room will be quiet and with no bright lights.

RESPECT OTHER CULTURES: DECOLONIZE YOUR THINKING
We ask all attendees to show understanding, appreciation and respect for the original value of other cultures and acknowledge the power relations that exist between cultures. We would therefore ask you to refrain from the appropriation and instrumentalization of cultural, religious and political symbolism.

We’ll be running a little experiment this year which we call “The Red Card For Discrimination”.  As much as we know about discrimination and harassment, there is always the chance that we don’t catch everything. We ask all of you to help us to be mindful and to intervene if something is being said on stage that you feel is against our Code of Conduct.

If you want to have an intervention because of something said, you can raise the red card and make us aware. The red cards are available in each room at Kulturbrauerei venues during our conference. Grab one when you enter just in case or when you need it, it’s up to you!

If a Red Card is shown, the moderator or stage host will stop the program and will either give you the microphone to let you address the issue, or you can have an off mic talk to them and let the moderator address it. Of course, you can also ask for the awareness staff to join, just let us know.

If you see someone raising the red card without our stage moderators or stage hosts noticing, please try to help the person get our attention.

Together, we can initiate learning and help make our spaces safer for everyone! 

We will be evaluating this experiment and are always open to suggestions and feedback.

Recently, there have been increased incidents of needle spiking (people being injected with date rape drugs via needles in passing). Additionally, drink spiking is also still very much a threat and tests are unreliable as they only detect some drugs, giving people a false sense of safety.

If you see individuals who appear to be very drunk or disoriented in a very short amount of time (10-30min), this may be a sign that they might have been spiked. These persons should not be left alone or taken home by “a friend” – please alert staff immediately! If you offer support yourself, please remember that there is a fine line between support and boundary crossing in such cases.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please be aware that if you call for an ambulance and mention drug use, the police will come along. If the medics are not informed about drug use until arrival on the scene, they are bound by confidentiality.
  • Without a police report, the urine can only be tested privately and you have to pay the costs of about 50 Euro.
  • These kinds of drugs can only be detected for about 4-12h
  • Forensic DNA evidence in case of sexual violence has to be examined within 72 hours to be able to use them in court. 
  • In the best case, the examination takes place as soon as possible and without showering or changing clothes before.

Support Options:

  • Violence Protection Outpatient Clinic of the Charité Berlin (Gewaltschutzambulanz)
    If you don’t want to involve the police but want to get your injuries examined and documented in case you would like to press charges later, you can contact the “Gewaltschutzambulanz” free of charge.
    +49 30 450 570 270
    Mon.-Fri. 08:30-15:00
    Website

  • LARA – Specialized Center Sexualized Violence against Women*
    Help for women* who experienced sexual assault.
    +49 30 216 8888
    Mon.-Fri. 09:00-18:00
    Website

  • MUT – Trauma support for men*
    Help for men* who experienced sexual assault.
    +49 30 236 33 978 
    Website

  • Victim Assistance Berlin (Opferhilfe Berlin)
    Advises and supports victims and witnesses of crimes and their relatives. Immediately after the incident, or years later. Free of charge and confidential.
    +49 30 395 2867/-9759
    Mon.-Fri. 10:00-13:00, Tues./Thurs. 15:00-18:00
    Website

  • Labs for private urine testing (there are more):
    Laboratory Wisplingshoff Ostseestraße 111
    +49 30 400 064 862
    LADR Laborzentrum Alt-Moabit 91a
    +49 30 301187-0

  • Guide (needle) spiking and support options in Berlin

If you witness a situation that seems to be harassment or discrimination,we encourage you to be an active bystander, if you are unsure what to do, here are our recommendations:

Whatever you do, make sure you are safe first!

DIRECT
Be clear and direct! Approach the assumed perpetrator and tell them that this looks like harassment and that they should stop. Or speak to the person who you suspect needs support and ask how they are doing. Ask if they need support and offer them your help.

DISTRACT
Try to de-escalate the situation indirectly by creating a diversion:

  • Start a conversation with the perpetrator.
  • Ask for the time, directions

Or get creative:

  • drop something
  • Start singing and dancing loudly.

Divert attention away from the person in need of support

DELEGATE
Ask another person for help (in the best case someone you trust) to intervene. This can be a friend, store owner, teacher, security, bus driver, or just someone on the street. Point out the incident and ask for help. If you want to involve someone from further away, address that person specifically: “Can you in the red sweater please help?”

DELAYED
We are not always able to intervene directly, but it is always possible to support someone after the situation has passed. Approach the person concerned and ask them:

  • Are you okay?
  • Is there anything I can do for you?
  • Do you want me to call someone for you?

DOCUMENT
If you feel you are not safe or do not dare to help, you can document the situation (notes, picture, video) to give the affected person the opportunity to use this material, e.g. for a police report, afterwards. Never publish material of an assault without the consent of the involved persons. Inform the survivor that you witnessed the incident and offer to support them through being a witness in person or in writing.

Finally: If someone does not want help, respect their choices. If you feel that the person life is in immediate danger, alert the police. Remember though that the police is not a good choice for everyone.

  • AnDi  – Anti Discrimination App for Berlin
    “AnDi” is a mobile app that provides valuable information on the topic of discrimination and equal treatment. It is available  in various languages and is barrier-free. With the app, incidents of discrimination can be reported directly and suitable counseling and assistance services can be found. AnDi provides help and advice and guides users safely through the app menu.
    Website 

  • Guide (needle) spiking and support options in Berlin

Here we gathered some information on your legal rights concerning discrimination from the AGG and LADG. For further reading and support, visit the source websites.

General Equal Treatment Act /Allgemeine Gleichbehandlungsgesetz / AGG)
“The AGG provides protection for persons who are discriminated against on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity. In the field of employment and profession, the protection by the AGG covers both, self-employment and gainful employment. Further to the areas of employment and profession, the AGG applies to access to and supply of goods and services, such as shopping, visits to restaurants or discotheques, searching for flats as well as insurance and banking transactions. “
(QUELLE: Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes)

Guide to the AGG in Englisch

The Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and Against Discrimination  (
Berliner Landesantidiskriminierungsstelle „LADS”) 

The LADG protect against discrimination within public-law activities of the State of Berlin (public administration and all public entities of the State of Berlin). This includes the Berlin Senate and district administrations (e.g. schools, the police, citizen offices) and direct public-law corporations (e.g. colleges, universities), institutions and foundations.

The LADG does not apply to

  • discrimination by superiors, colleagues and third parties in the context of the employment relationship.
  • in private legal relations (AGG applies).
  • to joint federal and state institutions (Berlin Job Centres) and federal authorities – at least not directly.

Sexual harassment and instructions to carry out a discriminatory act are discrimination.

The independent Ombuds Office supports and advises people free-of- charge in enforcing their rights.

Source: LADG (English)

Safe the Dance  is an agency focused on inclusion, diversity, safer spaces and music industry know how. We support Most Wanted:Music and Berlin Music Commission in creating safer spaces and gathered all information on accessibility.

Using an intersectional and interdisciplinary team for an in-depth discussion of the topic, Safe the Dance develops multi-layered, individual recommendations for action for events, festivals and organizations. Keeping diversity on and off stage in mind, we can help you reflect on your status quo and support you in finding strategies for change.
 
Whether it’s safer space posters, all-inclusive packages with training and materials, or individual workshops, we can offer you customized safer space concepts and help you implement them. Depending on your event, budget and needs, we have a variety of options available. We also offer a range of workshops and talks, and are happy to curate events, panels, think tanks or hackathons for and with you. In addition, we offer free resources on our website, it’s well worth checking out!

The content of this page is for informational purposes only and does not claim to be complete, current, or accurate.

Let us know if you see outdated information so we can update it.

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