[en] Is there a right to dance during a pandemic situation?

Despite the intrinsic human need for dance and socialization, Covid-19 has imposed severe restrictions on party environments, thereby forcing clubs and venues to close down. Similar to the situation at the beginning of the 90’s – where nightlife restrictions contributed to the rise of free parties in the UK and several other European countries – we have seen the number of illegal raves rise noticeably since the start of the pandemic.

In the summer of 2021, with most established party locations still closed, we saw a further rise in free parties. From Eastern to Western Europe people reclaimed their right to dance and created Temporary Autonomous Zones (TAZ), from small parties to big teknivals. These spontaneous and sometimes large-scale events are not always welcomed by the authorities, and often result in police raids; factors which are also challenging to the harm reduction services normally active in this field.

This workshop links the phenomenon of free parties with the question: is there a human right to dance, even during a pandemic situation? And how should we react as professionals to this phenomenon?

Rou Carnage French National Sound System Coordination | Free Party Movement | Juridical Support for Sound Systems (FR)
Elisa Fornero | Cooperativa Sociale Alice Onlus | social worker / project manager, Turin (IT)
Maria Giaever Lopez | University of Westminster, Bristol (GB)
Anastasia Rolland | Social Worker in Addictology, Lods (FR)
Arantxa Polak | Jelinek, Amsterdam (NL)
Otakar Vesely | DJ | Free Party Movement | Hard & Smart, Brno (CZ)


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