Greenbelt Awarded Gold on the Charter

Posted on 07.03.2017

Greenbelt Awarded Gold on the Charter

We are very happy to announce that the longstanding Charter festival Greenbelt has been awarded Gold status on our Charter of Best Practice, for their dedication to improving access for Deaf and disabled attendees. This achievement requires a real commitment to accessibility, and Greenbelt join Glastonbury, Chase Park, and Liberty Festival as one of only four festivals in UK to be awarded Gold.

To qualify for Charter status, live music venues and festivals must demonstrate exemplary access provision and an on-going commitment to improving accessibility – working with Attitude is Everything to go beyond the legal obligations set out in the Equality Act, to implement best practice, and to provide a fair and equal service to their Deaf and disabled customers.

Greenbelt have been a Charter festival for a number of years, and we’re pleased to recognise the commitment they have made to putting access at the heart of their festival, by moving them up to Gold. In order to achieve this, amongst other things, the Greenbelt team have:

  • Set up a dedicated volunteer Access Team
  • Programmed Deaf and disabled artists
  • Provided a ‘High Dependency Unit’, The Haven
  • Provided BSL interpretation (thanks to Signs of God)
  • Provided their Daily Diary in clear print

Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO of Attitude is Everything, said:

“We are pleased to award Greenbelt our Gold Charter of Best Practice. This award recognises their commitment to ensuring Deaf and disabled customers with a wide range of access requirements needs are met. From providing a High Dependency Unit to BSL interpreting to providing clear print programme information for people with visual impairments, Greenbelt are keen for everyone to be able to access and enjoy the festival.”

Mary Corfield, Greenbelt’s Event Director, added:

“Greenbelt is a place where all are welcome and so making our festival as accessible as possible has long been integral to who we are. We are delighted to receive the Gold Charter from Attitude is Everything and to celebrate what can be achieved when staff, contractors and dedicated volunteers work together. We value the diversity that comes with being an accessible festival and will continue our efforts to enable those with a range of additional needs to attend Greenbelt for many years to come. We hope that our receiving this award will encourage others to think creatively about how they can make their events more accessible, even when working to tight budgets.”