Respect, care, and kindness

We all contribute to making Blue Skies the festival we look forward to all year long. Part of the magic comes from how we act and treat the community around us: with respect, care, and kindness, and by helping those who might need it.

One of the simplest and best ways to maintain the good vibes is by respecting people’s boundaries and only touching people with their consent. People aren’t always comfortable with being touched, so if you’re not sure, just ask before hugging or touching someone, and be ready to accept it if they’re not interested.

Blue Skies is at its best when everyone feels completely free to be themselves. Behaviours that are ableist, homophobic, racist, sexist, transphobic, or otherwise prejudiced, aggressive, disrespectful or unkind can cast a shadow on someone’s Blue Skies and hurt them even long after the festival. Let’s try to be mindful of the effect that our words and actions have on the people around us. This goes for everyone at the festival: organizers, volunteers, sound crew, performers; all festival attendees.

Being aware of what’s happening around you is also a great way to be helpful to others. If you experience or witness harassment, assault, or disrespectful or otherwise harmful behaviour, you’re encouraged to ask for it to stop, to intervene if it is safe to do so, and to communicate the situation to Security as soon as you can.

The Info Booth is a friendly place that is staffed day and night, and is ready to welcome you throughout the festival. The volunteers at the Info Booth will help connect you with Security, First Aid, or anyone else you need to help you deal with situations that you aren’t comfortable handling on your own.

The Security team will follow up on every report of harmful behaviour and remain involved until it’s resolved. On rare occasions, when resolving a situation calls for removing someone from the festival, that’s what we do.

Kindness, consideration, and care for others are some of the magic we hope you fill your pockets with and spread into the world