In January 2019, a very important discussion started on Instagram about the lack of diversity, inclusion and representation of Minority/Ethnic Minorities/BIPOC (black, indigenous and people/people of color) in the weaving community.
For us as organizers of this great international festival in Madrid, it has had a strong impact on how we plan and organize our events both now and in the future. That is why we are committed to doing our best to actively seek out and expand the talents of traditionally marginalized people (BIPOC, LGTBQ+) by hiring trainers, instructors, teachers, workshops, roundtables and selecting suppliers and sponsors.
The entire team at Madrid Yarn Festival is committed to the inclusion and recognition of all people, regardless of race, age, culture, ability, weight, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and socio-economic status. We are committed to making Madrid Yarn Festival, our festivals and our social networks a safe and welcoming space, and we do not tolerate any unacceptable behaviour, inappropriate physical contact or any form of physical, verbal or non-verbal harassment or abuse towards anyone, including members of the organization for any reason by vendors, sponsors, trainers, instructors, roundtable participants, volunteers, sponsors, attendees or the general public who approach the festival or any of its media.
We strongly request that if you witness any intolerant behavior at Madrid Yarn Festival, our festivals or on our social networks, you communicate it through our accounts, our e-mail, to one of us, to the security personnel of the hotel and convention center or to a volunteer of Madrid Yarn Festival: We have zero tolerance for intolerance at our events and on our social networks and therefore reserve the right to admit any person who, in our opinion, does not comply with this code of conduct or presents unacceptable behaviour for any reason either in person or via phone, email, internet and social network postings.
Thank you very much for respecting this code of conduct and welcome to the festival.