Code of Conduct KinkFest UK 2018

Code of Conduct KinkFest UK 2018

KinkFest UK 2018 Code of Conduct

KinkFest aims to be a safe, enjoyable learning and social event inclusive to all. Considering this, we ask that you read and adhere to the following.

Inked drawing of flogger
Inked drawing of flogger

In general:

  • Strictly no cameras, mobile phones or other recording equipment of any kind. All such devices must be left at the event reception. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you’re on call or have a babysitter at home, the reception staff can keep your phone and find you if it rings. Anyone found to be using a phone or other device inside the venue is liable to be ejected without refund.

  • Respect people’s preferred names and pronouns. Use the name on someone’s badge, even if you know them as something else outside of KinkFest. Never reveal someone’s ‘legal’ name without permission. If in doubt about someone’s pronouns, ask, and if someone corrects you, accept it gracefully. Everyone’s gender is respected at KinkFest, and this includes genders beyond male and female.

  • Don’t touch anyone without asking. A useful phrase is, “would you like a hug?”

  • Respect other people’s equipment – never touch without asking.

  • Respect the venue, the staff and their equipment – we are guests and would like to be able to go back again. We’ve always had a really good relationship with Xtasia and we would like this to continue.

  • Due to the fact that space and seating is limited please make way for those with restricted mobility and other impairments to have seats and please check you are not blocking the view of those behind you when standing/seated. We appreciate your cooperation.

  • In the event of physical or sexual violence, offenders will be ejected immediately and the police may become involved.

  • No illegal drugs, no smoking or vaping inside the venue, and no excessive drunkenness.

  • Outside of very explicitly negotiated scene space, NO always means NO and event/venue staff will intervene if this isn’t respected.

  • Red and green wristbands are available to indicate willingness to be asked to play/partner for workshops. Green- Happy to be asked, Red- only for people who know me or current partners. Please respect this.

  • Regardless of role or identity, respect and courtesy given from all guests to all guests is a minimum standard of behaviour.

  • The house safeword is RED, but DMs and staff will pay attention to anything that sounds like a safeword.

  • While there is no dress code during the day (and we recommend you dress comfortably), please make an effort during the party.

  • Please turn up to workshops on time as some have limited spaces and may also be closed to new entrants after they begin, although you may still leave if necessary. These restrictions will be mentioned in the program.

  • Official event photographers will be taking photos in designated areas. This year there will be no photography during the workshops unless explicitly requested by the presenter (this will be indicated on the program), and then all care will be taken to ensure that nobody is in shot except those who have requested the photos. Evening performances will be photographed, and anyone caught in the background will be blurred/edited out before any photos are released. We take your privacy seriously and we will endeavour to ensure that no photos will ever be published without the express written consent of everyone in shot. NO PHOTOGRAPHY by anyone except the official photographers. NO EXCEPTIONS. Anyone caught taking photos WILL be removed with no refund.

  • If you have previously been banned by Kinkfestuk or Xtasia that ban will still be enforced this year.

  • Please report any consent violation to a member of our team or to our Consent Incident Report Person (identified by Yellow lanyard).

During the discussion groups, please:

  • Allow the group host to lay out the topic and general introduction.

  • Listen to others without interrupting.

  • Be respectful of a person’s views even if you don’t agree with them.

  • Don’t use inflammatory/derogatory language.

  • Stay on topic.

  • Don’t monopolise the discussion – give everyone chance to speak.

During Workshops, please:

  • Avoid distracting the workshop leaders or participants during demonstrations as this can be dangerous.

  • If taking part in a “have a go” part of a workshop, listen to and obey all instructions given by the workshop leader.

During the Play Party:

  • Expect to see impact play, sensation play, rope play, edge play, D/s dynamics and more.

  • There is no expectation to play.

  • Bring your own toys and don’t touch anyone else’s things without asking.

  • Watch your alcohol intake before playing.

  • We encourage you to practice Risk Aware Consensual Kink.

  • If you are unsure about anything or anyone please talk to the DMs wearing a DM t-shirt.

  • NEVER interrupt a scene in progress for any reason unless explicitly invited to do so. A scene includes set-up and aftercare.

  • Seek consent before any interaction and negotiate all play.

  • Play which is likely to draw blood is to take place in the dungeon area only, and you are responsible for the cleanliness/sterility of your equipment including sharps bins.

  • Follow any requests given by crew or venue staff.

  • Please make sure to wipe down equipment using cleaning materials provided.