Sweden to have first ‘man-free’ music festival to avoid rapes and sexual assaults

Sweden is officially set to host the world’s largest women-only music festival next summer after reaching its funding target of 500,000 kronor ($61,000), MixMag reports.

The idea for a man-free festival was first suggested by comedian Emma Knyckare in response to the cancellation of the Bråvalla festival in Norrköping, one of Sweden’s largest festivals, following several reports of rapes and sex offences.

What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome, that we’ll run until ALL men have learned how to behave themselves?” Knyckare wrote on Twitter.

The Statement Festival is due to be held in the summer 2018 for 10,000 people.