Sad Grrrls Club Presents
SAD GRRRLS FEST SYDNEY 2017
Saturday November 18th
The Red Rattler Theatre (Lic AA)
SECRET HEADLINERS TBA
Rachel Maria Cox
Antonia & The Lazy Susans
The Last Exposure
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 this year becomes an all ages event in Sydney!
Perhaps the most significant change is the announcement of acts headlining all three dates of the festival. With secret headliners promised to be announced in the coming months, event organisers have today 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 Gadigal People of the Eora 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
The ground floor theatre space (main space) is wheelchair accessible, the stage is also wheelchair accessible (by prior arrangement). Early seating can be arranged for those requiring upright or lounge seating. Most events cannot accommodate a lying down space but a horizontal resting space can be arranged upstairs if required. At audience participation events speakers with light writers can be accommodated for, please advise the tech as soon as you arrive at the event.(or by prior arrangement)
The rat provides gender neutral toilets, waterless urinals, a wheelchair accessible toilet, and a shower for performers (the shower has one step into it)
The space is not 100% scent-free. smoke machine ‘s and incense are used in some performances. No smoking is allowed in the building, smokers are requested to smoke away from the doors