Inclusivity: We recognize that the land on which we hold Future Forest is the unceded, traditional and ancestral land of the indigenous Wolastoqiyik people. We respectfully acknowledge that we are living in a very divided world. Electronic music is rooted in Black culture and nurtured by Black artists from America and worldwide. We are working to do better by bringing more diversity into the festival and increasing the number of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and other people of colour) artists on our roster. The industry has been cis-male-dominated for decades. We are striving to change that and move towards our vision of inclusivity.
Diversity: Our community is incredibly diverse, which makes the experience unique. While we have always held space for under-represented artists to participate in the festival, we pledge to invest more in these incredibly diverse and talented folks moving forward.
We also recognize that our core team needs to represent the diversity that resembles the community. We are implementing the following measures to work towards inclusivity:
Research has shown that festival attendance creates a sense of community by bringing groups of people together with a common purpose and emerging with a connection (Gibson & Connell, 2003).