GRiZ has made a name for himself among the titans of funky bass music, but his reach in the industry now extends far beyond the music with the launch of a brand new harm reduction program.
Harm reduction programs have been popping up throughout festivals and clubs. Whether that takes form as drug and alcohol test kits, to sexual assault prevention measures, it’s topic which has gained steam for years now, and with that comes new programs to help promote more safe and inclusive events.
That’s where GRiZ comes in, with a collaboration with DanceSafe and Good Night Out Vancouver to launch Harmony Project. There are three main aspects to the Harmony Project, which have been selected as the most crucial when it comes to fostering safe events for everyone, they are: care, community, and consent (or the three Cs).
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It may seem like a no brainer that you should take care of and ensure each member of your rave group is being safe; and if they aren’t, to say something when necessary. But this goes beyond just the people you know in your group, care means watching out for everyone friend and strangers. Ensure they’re staying hydrated, are taking care of themselves, and resting periodically.
In addition to taking care of yourself and those around you, this category also includes caring for your surroundings. We’ve all seen images of venues being left with trash and debris that otherwise could have been cleaned up. Treat the space you’re in with as much care as you would with your friends.
The Harmony Project plans on setting up booths at events all across the country to educate ravers on how to improve their harm reduction skills while giving them a safe place to exercise their voices when something may or may not be wrong. It’s about establishing that sense of community while also expanding it so that everyone feels comfortable sharing their stories and seeking help when needed.
We talk about consent frequently here at DMNW, and it’s also a top safety rule. Sexual assault and violence at shows or festivals is never OK, and it’s essential to ensure that you’ve received proper consent from a partner. Respecting each other’s boundaries is a crucial piece to harm reduction in general, but especially for the Harmony Project.
I’ve been looking for a way to reinforce that GRiZ shows are a safe space where we all can be ourselves, love one another, and maximize the good vibes all while respecting each other’s boundaries. this weekend at GIJ we are debuting the Harmony Project. pic.twitter.com/6DWQYkZN0x
— GRiZ (@Griz) July 21, 2022
Remember to take care of yourselves and each other out there, rest, hydrate, and respect consent; and as always if you see something weird or out of place or you’re in a situation that makes you uncomfortable please speak up! Your voice matters, your safety matters, and people can’t help if they don’t know what’s going on.
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