Festival Republic have been working with Attitude is Everything since 2000, when Attitude is Everything was first set up. Key staff members have attended Disability Equality Training sessions and all their festivals are signed up to our Charter of Best Practice, working their way towards the Gold Level.
Attitude is Everything run an information tent, and recruit Deaf and disabled stewards for Festival Republic events including Reading and Leeds Festivals, Glastonbury, Latitude and The Big Chill. The number of Deaf and disabled customers increases year-on-year at Festival Republic events and at Reading Festival in 2009, there were 190 disabled and Deaf people, and approximately 600 people in total, booked onto the accessible campsite.
All Festival Republic events have enhanced access, including an accessible campsite close to the arena, with wheelchair charging points and accessible facilities, viewing platforms at all stages (usually 2 for the main stage), free tickets for PAs, a welcome pack for Deaf and disabled customers including a map of all the accessible facilities around the site, and at Latitude and Glastonbury a personalised sign language interpreting service.
The Information Tent at Latitude Festival
Attitude is Everything and Festival Republic work closely every year to improve the facilities and make changes that will benefit their Deaf and disabled customers. Our staff and volunteers are actively collecting feedback from attendees at each festival in order to feed into our report and impact on future events.
Festival Republic has kindly been funding Attitude is Everything since 2006, providing opportunities for Deaf and disabled people to work at their festivals, funding Club Attitude and bursaries for grassroots venues and festivals to receive Disability Equality Training.
“I started to work in partnership with them because they gave me practical solutions to real challenges.”
Melvin Benn, Managing Director, Festival Republic
“Since working with Attitude is Everything, the number of people attending our events increased dramatically as we improved access, and equally, we continued to give the issues more and more consideration as numbers went up.”
Sharon Reuben, Artist and Guest Liaison, Festival Republic