The festival attendee deaths that have plagued the North American festival circuit over the course of 2016 have resulted in a more active public dialogue in regards to the drug culture surrounding dance music. For the first time in a decade, Insomniac Events will bring the conversation about harm reduction to its events themselves by allowing onsite drug education to take place.
The SoCal rave promoter has announced a partnership with Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) called “Project #OpenTalk” that will debut at Escape: Psycho Circus in San Bernardino, California this weekend. According to a post on the DPA website, the initiative will provide resources through which attendees can access “honest, unbiased information about drugs, sex and mental health concerns.”
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While Insomniac, like other festival production companies, still has a zero tolerance drug policy and conducts entry searches, they have at least acknowledged that more needs to be done to keep their attendees informed and safe. The service will allow Escape attendees, called “Headliners” by Insomniac, to approach a booth onsite at the event and ask trained peer educators questions related to drugs, sex or mental health.
Escape: Psycho Circus will take place at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California from October 28th-29th. Neither Insomniac nor the DPA have announced that Project: #OpenTalk booths will appear at future events, but depending on how this weekend goes it will likely become a fixture of its festivals moving forward.
Source: Dancing Astronaut