The 40th Annual Folk Festival will be taking place at Bannerman Park August 4-7. The festival is featuring some great local headliners, including Amelia Curran, Sherman Downey and the Once, to name a few.
The Folk Festival has made a great effort to be inclusive and more accessible than ever. Including the following:
- Reserved Blue Zone viewing areas for main stage and small stages
- Listening devices for individuals who have hearing loss at main stage and Francophone performances
- Accessible lane with advanced ticket at main entrance
- Accessible portable washrooms
- Accessible Blue Zone parking with a city issued Blue Zone permit
- Quiet Tent
- Festival schedules provided in large print and Braille
- Wheelchairs available for loan
- Inclusion line available to get your questions answered so you can plan your outing to the festival
These adjustments make the whole festival available to a wider audience.
Atlantic Fest in Paradise Park, will be held on September 3, is also having an inclusive venue.
The festival will be having a Sensory Sensitivity Spot (Quiet tent).
“It will be available for anyone who feels that they need a spot to go to recoup, whether from a seizure or just from sensory overload,” said Faye Williams, Operations Manager of David Carver Music. “Chairs of any type are not permitted to be brought to the concert; however, we will have an accessible section in both the GA and Premium areas which will have chairs for those who require the space and their accompanying guests.”
All one has to do to sign up for space in either of the accessible areas is to email email@example.com with their name and the names of their guests and what ticket level they have purchased. Those names will be on the list for those sections; picture ID will be required for admittance.
ENL would like to thank the organizers of both these local events for their inclusive options.