SLOSS FEST BECOMES FIRST FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY
TO BE CERTIFIED SENSORY INCLUSIVE
BIRMINGHAM, AL (July 2nd, 2018) – Sloss Music & Arts Festival has announced that the 2018 festival will be the first in the country to be Certified Sensory Inclusive. In partnership with Birmingham non-profit KultureCity, this new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with a sensory issue that would like to attend the festival. Sloss Fest takes place July 14th & 15th at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham and features Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, GRiZ, 21 Savage, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and many more bands performing on 4 stages.
The certification process entailed the festival staff being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests at the festival who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. These fans will also be able to have use of a dedicated sensory room on-site designed by medical professionals for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment at an event like Sloss Fest. With its new certification, the festival is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.
“To know that you soon will be able to see families attend a major music festival like Sloss Fest, a true community binding experience, with their loved ones who have a sensory challenge and who were not able to previously attend, is truly a heartwarming moment. Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that the Sloss Fest team is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.” Traci Johnson, Executive Director, KultureCity.
KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism. In the past year alone, KultureCity has created several sensory inclusive venues and events including the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, 16 NBA arenas, 5 NFL stadiums, 5 NHL arenas and countless zoos, science centers and aquariums across the nation. You can find out more at KultureCity.org
Tickets for Sloss Fest 2018 are on sale now at SlossFest.com.