Our Code of Conduct
All events powered by Converge Festivals offer a forum for a wide range of discussions, some of which may be political in nature. We ask that discussion on these matters remains civil. Challenge and debate are welcome, but only where respectfully conducted.
We’re committed to being a safe and inclusive space for all our attendees, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, disability, medical conditions, religion (or lack thereof), physical appearance, politics, or ideology. Our Code of Conduct is here to provide a clear set of guidelines to everyone about the standards to which we hold you—and ourselves.
Above all, we ask that all attendees, speakers, sponsors and other guests behave respectfully. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes or comments are never tolerated at any events powered by Converge Festivals, or on social media or other online platforms for the event.
Harassment includes (but is not limited to) comments using demeaning, derogatory, or discriminatory language, comments intended to cause offense or harm to other members of the community, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
If you’re asked—whether by an organizer or another attendee—to stop your behavior, you’re expected to do so immediately and respectfully.
We believe peer to peer discussions, feedback, corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.
If you see someone behaving disrespectfully, and you feel safe and comfortable doing so, you are encouraged to respectfully discourage them from such behavior. If you do not feel safe, comfortable, or otherwise able to respond and resolve it respectfully, please bring it to the attention of event staff immediately. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just wromg. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.
If you catch yourself behaving disrespectfully, or if someone else shares their discomfort with you, own up to your words and actions, and apologise accordingly. No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them, and avoiding repeating them in the future.
We take all concerns seriously, and we will use our discretion in determining when and how to follow up on reported incidents. Depending on the circumstances involved, we may decline to take any further action or may direct the participant to other resources for resolution.
If we determine that a participant is acting inappropriately, we may take any actions that we feel are necessary to prevent continued disrespectful behavior or harassment. This may even include expulsion from the event without warning.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us using the email address you'll find in our footer. We aim to respond with one working day.