Field Interventions

  • Partnership
    • The common field interventions are managed by Techno plus. Techno Plus is a peer project based in Paris and having a 15-year experience in Harm Reduction in recreational settings. Techno Plus, in 2009, is 63 field interventions, 130 000 leaflets diffused, 600 000 visits on our website, 117 participants in training sessions related to harm reduction in recreational settings and 11 000 hours of voluntary work.

      During the 3 years of the project, the NEWIP teams have implemented 8 field interventions in different European party events:
      - June 2011: Fusion Festival (Germany) 
      - August 2011: Transylvania Calling Festival (Romania)
      - July 2012: Boom Festival (Portugal) 
      - August 2012: Outlook Festival (Croatia) 
      - September 2012: Dimension Festival (Croatia) 
      - July 2013: La Notte Rosa (Italy) 
      - July 2013: SUN Festival (Hungaria) 
      - August 2013: Tranzhumance Teknival (Romania)

      92 volunteers coming from 22 projects and 13 countries around Europe were involved in these interventions. They were offering to the public free harm reduction information and material, chill out area, psychological support, drug checking service and "serious" video game. In total, they met more than 120 000 partygoers.

  • Context
    • Every summer, many “electronic music” festivals (legal or illegal) take place all around Europe. These events are spaces where young people, from all Europe, come during their holidays and take more risks linked to their recreational practices (drug use, sex, hearing risks…) than usual, driven as they are by the context of summer holidays in a foreign country. This means more incidents like corporal accidents, HIV and HCV contaminations, bad trips…
  • Objectives
    • The general objective of this WP is to promote well-being within recreational settings by implementing health promotion actions in 6 summer European festivals.

      The intervention team, made up with professionals and peers from the different partners, will provide adapted responses to partygoers mobility and cultures, in order to increase harm reduction behaviours and to reduce crisis situations.

      The organizers and local authorities will be involved in this harm reduction responses and given more responsibility through training and guideline production.

      The selection of the festivals aims at extending responses to new member states. We will initiate and support emerging harm reduction in nightlife setting projects to contribute to the creation of new NGOs among regions and countries where such projects are needed.
  • Methodology and Timetable
    • These common interventions are a perfect opportunity for the different partners both to follow their national target groups and diffuse harm reduction tools and information in their languages and, on the other hand, to raise awareness of the local partygoers/organisers on party-related risks.

      The project takes into account the drug use cultures. Moreover, the participating field NGOs are based on peer projects issued from party scenes or involving peers so that the responses are based on the culture, knowledge and customs of the target group.

      This work will be based on a multidisciplinary approach: supporting individual harm reduction strategies (peer educators and health professionals) and improving safer settings by involving festival organizers and staff.

      The intervention teams will apply quality standards of intervention and be trained accordingly (participation in the 3 project seminars). Harm reduction leaflets in local languages and in English will be produced at each event (See the interesting docs category)

  • Interventions documents