A disabled viewing platform is located in front of the Main Stage. It allows disabled festival-goers easier and safer access to the shows. Ask festival stewards - members of the Peace Patrol for assistance. Chairs are not provided. Please be advised that some shows will feature flickering lights or other lighting effects.
We are committed to making our festival space which is open and accessible to all. On top of introducing new accessible facilities and looking for solutions which will improve the disabled people's access to live music, in 2019 we have teamed up with Avalon Foundation and Adventure Assistant, and Sevenet S.A. to prepare useful advice for all festival-goers.
Accessible Festival Site
Locations of accessible toilets:
- Main Stage - the right-hand side by the Lost & Found Tent
- Shopping Alley - next to the First Aid Point by the Siema Shop & by the Krishna Peace Village
- AFA - next to the Himalayan Camp
- Second Stage - the right-hand side of by the First Aid Point
- Field Hospital - by the Motorcycle Village
- Malinowski Field Campsite - by the First Aid Point
! Accessible facilities are located within the organizer's areas. Ask Peace Patrol volunteers (festival stewards wearing red T-shirts) or staff at the areas for access!
There is a paid shower facility at the Family Campsite (run by TOI Camp). The portable shower is not adapted for electric wheelchair use. Cost: PLN 12
Polish Sign Language Interpretation
The opening of the Festival will be interpreted into Polish Sign Language.
All talks taking place at the Academy of the Finest of Arts will be interpreted into Polish Sign Language. There also will be a Polish Sign Language interpretation at sign language music workshops.
Polish Sign Language Interpretation will be provided pro bono by Sevenet S.A.
Access for All
- accessible shower and toilets
- accessible access to all First Aid Points
- accessible access to all food stalls
- access to all main AFA tents
Backpacks Rock for people with hearing loss
Sound Touch Set technology allows festival-goers with hearing loss to experience the music. Backpacks equipped with bone conductive technology will be available for rent, free of charge, at the Mastercard zone.
Advice for People with Disabilities
Asertiveness & disability
Remember that you can assert your opinion and stance whenever someone's behaviour makes you uncomfortable. You set your own boundaries, but you should pay attention to the following behaviour:
- when someone forces their help, in a way that might cause more trouble
- when someone patronizes you, treats you like a child, makes decisions for you
- when someone touches you without your consent
- when someone uses your wheelchair or your walking aids to hang their stuff or puts their things on your knees - without asking your permission first
- when someone does not address you directly, talking to people around you instead
You can say no or reject someone's help. Setting boundaries does not equal to hurting someone's feelings. You can offer them reasons for your refusal.
You should not go to the festival if you are suffering from bed-sores as the festival conditions, such as heat, dust, and many hours spent in the wheelchair will make treating your condition very difficult.
What to do to prevent bed-sores?
- Keep a close watch of your skin's condition - any signs of redness, irritation should alarm you;
- Try to change your position at least once in 3 hours. Avoid any rubber or plastic materials making contact with your skin;
- Make sure your clothing and sleeping bag are dry;
- Natural, breathable, and light fabrics are highly recommended. Make sure there is no thick stitching or prominent buttons, which might irritate your skin;
- Use gentle cleansing products, avoid cosmetics which contain alcohol and never combine powdered cosmetics with thick creams or oils;
- Take any chance to be active, move as much as you can! Change your position and while resting, lie on your stomach to allow your back much needed rest.
What to do when your wheelchair or any other mobility aid requires repair?
Those things happen, usually at the worst possible time! It is difficult to foresee and very difficult to prepare for. Make sure you pack ample amounts of gaffer tape - you can use it to fix all minor defects: from defective equipment to defective tent. If you use a wheel-chair to get around the festival field, make sure you pack a small repair kit: wheel pump, and things you can use to patch the wheels. If you can't fix it by yourself, please get in touch with Avalon Foundation (contact number to be published soon), as they will have all of the necessary tools on hand.
How to ask for help?
No-one likes asking for assistance, but there are situations when you have no other option. Luckily, the festival is filled with helpful, kind people. It is important for you to be able to explain what exactly you need and how to help you exactly. Do not get discouraged easily, someone will surely help you. Make sure to set your own boundaries, and know when to say NO! when someone forcefully helps you or hurts you with their attempts to help.
What to do when your body lets you down?
Accidents can happen. Make sure you are in a company of a trustworthy person who can take you to the restroom or shower facility quickly. Make sure you both know exactly where these accessible facilities are located and which one is the closest to your current location. Make sure to have all necessities and change on (shower stalls are all paid - PLN 12).
Why it's so important to stay hydrated?
Drink plenty of water as the effects of dehydration can be very dangerous. The symptoms might include overall weakness, fainting, diarrhoea, nausea, and even organ failure. You should drink at least 2 litres of water, especially when the weather is hot. Remember that you should drink still water - drinking plenty of soft drinks or alcohol will not do the trick! Drink water often and in reasonable amounts. You will feel better, more rested and more energised. Drinking less water will not equal fewer trips to the restroom. Limiting water intake and trips to the toilet put a huge strain on your body!
How to avoid sunstroke?
Drink plenty of water and make sure you wear light, breathable clothes. You should wear a hat and sunglasses and remember to put on sunscreen. If it all fails and you feel overall weakness, dizziness, restlessness, nausea, buzzing in your ears, headaches, convulsions, make sure to find the nearest First Aid Point or talk to Peace Patrol volunteers. Take care of yourself and also look out for others!
What to do when you hurt yourself?
It depends on what has happened. If it's a bruise or a cut you can easily deal with yourself, it is enough to sanitize it. Make sure you keep a small first aid kit handy (band-aids, sanitizing gel). If you need medical assistance get in touch with Peace Patrol volunteers or members of Medical Patrol. There are First Aid points located across the festival field and we also have a Field Hospital.
What areas are accesible to disabled festival-goers?
All accessible areas are marked on the festival map. There is a viewing platform in front of the Main Stage so that you can enjoy the concerts in a safe, comfortable environment. All First Aid points and food stalls have accessible entrances and the same goes for all main AFA tents. Accessible facilities, such as toilets and showers are clearly marked as well. There are free taps available on the festival field, but shower stalls are all paid.
What essentials to pack?
- toilet paper (always take one extra roll!)
- torchlight (headlight works best. Make sure to pack extra batteries!)
- string (2 -5 meters long)
- power/gaffer tape
- a few cable ties
- camp shovel
- festival map & schedule (make sure to mark your tent and other important locations!)
- power bank (there are charging stations, but there are always queues there)
- plastic wrap (the thicker the better. it's very useful, especially during heavy rainfall).
FIRST AID KIT
- medicine (make sure to pack extra!)
- cold medicine
- upset stomach medicines
- any disinfectant
- elastic bandages
- sting relief pads/ cream
- NRC foil
- waterproofs (raincoats, jackets, wellies. You can buy cheap raincoats and cover yourself and your wheel-chair)
- kerchief (to protect you against dust, especially when you are using a wheel-chair to get around, or as additional protection against the sun)
- warm clothes (in case the weather turns cold)
- swimsuit/swim trunks
- underwear & socks
- t-shirts and other clothes
- sunscreen (the higher the protection, the better!)
- wet wipes
- insect repellent
- antibacterial gel
- hygienic pads or tampons
ESSENTIALS FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS
- urology supplies (make sure to pack extra! there are plenty of factors that can cause an upset stomach or other issues!)
- fingerless gloves (biker gloves)
- sprinkler to help with thermoregulation when it's hot
- extra tire and small repair kit
- a small bag or a backpack for things you should have on you at all times: disinfectant gel, tissues, wet wipes, Urology supplies, medicine)
ESSENTIALS FOR PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH COMMUNICATION (or speak quietly)
- pack a notepad and pen or a marker pen to facilitate communication! Fine tipped (CD marker pens) markers work best!
Advice for people with hearing loss
1. All talks at AFA will be interpreted into Polish Sign Language;
2. Polish Sign Language interpretation workshops at AFA are open for everyone - you will learn how to sing in Polish Sign Language.
1. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the festival map. Note First Aid Points nearest to your campsite.
2. Peace Patrol volunteers - festival stewards - and Medical Patrol volunteers - medical professionals are there to help. You can ask them for advice and support at any time.
3. Make sure to charge your phone and carry a charged power bank on you at all times. Charging stations are located across the festival site - at Play Zone, Allegro Zone.
4. Locate the nearest charging station - texting or writing something on your phone might prove to be the best way of communicating with the people you meet at the festival.
5. Download festival app - it's handy when it comes to keeping track of the line-up, schedule changes, and other important updates.
6. Pay attention to your surroundings - even though there is a ban on vehicular traffic at the festival, there are emergency quads and ambulances driving though the field.