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The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal continues its commitment to the safety of all festival goers

Montreal, Thursday, June 22, 2017 — Following the publication of the report Montréal, une ville festive pour toutes. Avis sur la sécurité des femmes et des jeunes femmes cis et trans lors des événements extérieurs de Montréal by the Conseil des Montréalaises, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which will kick off its 38th edition next Wednesday, wishes to salute the initiative of the Conseil des Montréalaises and to reaffirm its concern for the public’s well-being and safety during the summer events, including women and anyone who may feel vulnerable. With that in mind, this year the Festival is launching a new initiative called ‘Swallows’: on-site, mobile safety teams, specially trained for the needs of women and vulnerable people.

A new initiative: Swallows (hirondelles)

To ensure that everyone has a good experience at the Festival, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be launching especially trained safety teams for women, seniors and LGTBQ + community.

The teams will be called ‘Swallows’: people whose vivacity, travelling spirit and protective character are reminiscent of the swallow. This name is also a nod to the Parisian ‘Swallows’, the French bicycle police of the first half of the 20th century, nicknamed because of their cloaks and Hirondelle brand bicycles.

To spot our Swallows on site, it’s simple: just search for the logo (especially designed for the occasion) representing swallows, and which will appear on both armlets of our officers (about thirty officers will be equipped), and on signs indicating their presence and near areas of tranquility.

“The safety of women, vulnerable people and, more generally, the safety of all festival goers is very important to us and we work tirelessly to provide the public with places of gathering, peace and respect. We are always trying to be the best in our industry and, of course, the safety of all, including women and vulnerable people, is a priority. ”

—    – Jacques-André Dupont, CEO of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

World-renowned for the safety and vibrancy of its outdoor sites, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has always advocated an approach based on the proximity of employees with the festivalgoers present on the site. In addition to the new swallow initiative, several measures are already in place:

1000 employees from different departments walk through the site ready to help the festivalgoers, meaning that festivalgoers in a situation of vulnerability are only a few steps away from a festival employee.

• 50% of the security team is female

• Through training, festival staff are required to be proactive and alert in all situations, particularly when vulnerable people are involved.

• Traffic corridors are set up in places where there are potential crowds to allow people to travel to quieter locations on our site.

• Rest areas allow people to stay away from crowds when needed.

• Several safe and quiet places can provide shelter for those who need it, such as the first-aid trailer and a single-sex space that will be identified on the site.

• Security staff are sensitized to vulnerable people and different types of needs. A measure all the more important as the event gathers a great diversity of festival goers whether Montrealers of all sorts or tourists.

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Montreal, Thursday, June 22, 2017 — Following the publication of the report Montréal, une ville festive pour toutes. Avis sur la sécurité des femmes et des jeunes femmes cis et trans lors des événements extérieurs de Montréal by the Conseil des Montréalaises, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which will kick off its 38th edition next Wednesday, wishes to salute the initiative of the Conseil des Montréalaises and to reaffirm its concern for the public’s well-being and safety during the summer events, including women and anyone who may feel vulnerable. With that in mind, this year the Festival is launching a new initiative called ‘Swallows’: on-site, mobile safety teams, specially trained for the needs of women and vulnerable people.

A new initiative: Swallows (hirondelles)

To ensure that everyone has a good experience at the Festival, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be launching especially trained safety teams for women, seniors and LGTBQ + community.   

The teams will be called ‘Swallows’: people whose vivacity, travelling spirit and protective character are reminiscent of the swallow. This name is also a nod to the Parisian ‘Swallows’, the French bicycle police of the first half of the 20th century, nicknamed because of their cloaks and Hirondelle brand bicycles.

To spot our Swallows on site, it’s simple: just search for the logo (especially designed for the occasion) representing swallows, and which will appear on both armlets of our officers (about thirty officers will be equipped), and on signs indicating their presence and near areas of tranquility.

“The safety of women, vulnerable people and, more generally, the safety of all festival goers is very important to us and we work tirelessly to provide the public with places of gathering, peace and respect. We are always trying to be the best in our industry and, of course, the safety of all, including women and vulnerable people, is a priority.

    - Jacques-André Dupont, CEO of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal