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Manchester Folk Festival Anti-Harassment Policy


At Manchester Folk Festival we acknowledge that harassment and sexual harassment have potentially serious, long-term effects on mental health, well-being and ability to work. This policy aims to promote a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for staff, volunteers, musicians and audiences alike, regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation or any other personal attribute. Behaviour which makes people feel threatened or unsafe is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

What is harassment?

Harassment is behaviour which is unwelcome, is based on someone’s personal attributes (such as gender) and could reasonably be regarded as offensive, humiliating or intimidating to that person. It includes (but is not limited to): – sexual harassment such as unwanted touching, or pressure for sexual activity, belittling or excluding a person because of their gender, making decisions on the basis of a person’s acceptance or rejection of sexual advances; – using racist language; – undermining someone because of a personal attribute such as race, disability or sexual orientation.

Appropriate conduct

We require all audiences, staff, volunteers, musicians and any working at or attending our festival to commit to the following:
– To behave respectfully towards others;
– Not to harass staff, volunteers, musicians or audience members;
– If someone tells you to stop behaving in a particular way, listen to them and stop engaging in that behaviour;
– Not to victimise someone for challenging your behaviour.

What to do if you encounter harassment

If you encounter harassment at any of our festival events and feel unable to deal with it yourself, you should report it to our General Manager (information below), who will investigate. We will take appropriate steps to address the harassment in line with our company (English Folk Expo – producer of Manchester Folk Festival) Safeguarding and Harassment policies.

Name: Kate Kyle
Contact details: kate@englishfolkexpo.com
Phone Number: +44 (0)1706 962 885


Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy falls under that of English Folk Expo, as the producer of Manchester Folk Festival, and can be found HERE.


We want to assure you that the safety of our audiences and artists is our top priority and we closely follow any covid safe guidelines and adhere to any Government guidance which may be in place at the time of the event.

In the event that the festival has to be rescheduled, you will be notified and your ticket/s will be valid for the rescheduled date, or a refund will be issued if you cannot make the rescheduled date. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified and your ticket/s will be refunded.

Our festival is multi-venue based and each venue has their own covid safety policy. For more info please see our venues page HERE.

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