FAQ Accessibility Nation of Gondwana

Dear Parallel World Tourists,

We want to become more accessible. That’s why we sought a lot of input from the “Initiative Barrierefrei Feiern” team, other advisors, and guests with expertise. We are continuously working to make NoG more accessible. Since organizing a festival is a “work in progress,” we will update this page whenever there are new developments. (As of: 20.06.24)

If you can’t find all the answers to your questions in our FAQs or if you are unsure whether you will manage well at our festival, just contact us via email at barrierefreier@pyonen.de. If we know about your individual needs early on, we can respond in the best possible way.

Where do we celebrate and what does it look like?
Since 1999, we have celebrated the Nation of Gondwana on a large green space in Grünefeld, situated in the middle of a pine forest. There are several stages (Wiese, See, Bei Birke, Spelunke, Wäldchen) each with their own bars (Wiese-Bar, Seebar, Spelunke-Bar, Birke-Bar). The Wäldchen does not have its own bar. At the Wiese-Bar and Birke-Bar, there are lowered counter areas.

The “Wiese” is the main stage and is only open from Saturday noon. It is located near the sanitary facilities and about 100 meters from the DRK tent. The Wiese dance floor is uneven but mostly has a solid ground covered with grass.

Between the Wiese and the area to the lake, there is a sandy path 2.5 meters wide. On the way to the lake stage and in the area of the lake bar, there are some tree roots. The path to the stage is sandy. The lake stage is located on the beach, right by the lake and the forest.

The “Spelunke” stage is west of that, surrounded by trees, and accessible via a sandy path about 2.5 meters wide. We will bridge this path with heavy-duty mats. The Spelunke dance floor is quite even and firm.

The “Bei Birke” stage is about 150 meters west of the main stage “Wiese”.

We are, as always, hoping for the best weather, as the field can become significantly harder to access if it rains heavily.

Path System
We will lay some access paths with heavy-duty mats to make the area more accessible for people who use wheelchairs or walking aids. This (not yet complete) path system can also be advantageous for blind people. The surface of the mats is non-slip and has a tactile, grippy structure without holes. We cannot yet say exactly how extensive this path system will be, as we cannot foresee whether we will be able to level the uneven ground extensively with the mats. However, the event area will not be fully covered. You will receive the latest information about this at the entrance upon arrival.

Camping Area
The campsite is located directly south of the event area. There are no additional entrance areas, checks, or gates between the campsite and the stages. There are some construction fences, otherwise, path markings with about 1-meter high wooden stakes in the ground with 1.5-meter-wide passages. The streets and paths on the campsite are partly sandy and uneven. Here are some pictures of the area and the grounds so you can get a better idea:

Caregiver / Support Person
If you need a caregiver, please contact barrierefreier@pyonen.de. Your support person will receive a free ticket from us. If you have a special need, it is also possible to bring more than one caregiver.

Arrival by Public Transport
It is possible to take the regional train from Berlin to Nauen station. The station is equipped with elevators and tactile guidance systems. At Nauen station, free shuttle buses are available. The buses are articulated buses from Havelbus with accessible entry. The buses are usually very full, and many people crowd at the Nauen station entrances to the buses. There are four security personnel who coordinate the entrance and who you can always ask for support.

More information about the station and the buses can be found using the following links:

https://www.bahnhof.de/nauen/ausstattung-barrierefreiheit
https://www.havelbus.de/busflotte-2

Arrival by Car:
Arrival by car requires a car ticket. If you rely on your own vehicle, please contact barrierefreier@pyonen.de.
Alternatively, you can also be dropped off, see the next point “Parking for People with Disabilities”.

Parking for People with Disabilities
There are enough parking spaces for people with disabilities near the ticket office. The parking spaces are located on the lawn in front of the ticket office. There is no solid ground there.

Parking directly on the camping area next to the tent or in the motorhome is also possible. More information can be found under “Accessible Camping”.

Wheelchair Accessible Environment
We will lay some access paths with heavy-duty mats to make the area more accessible for people who use wheelchairs or walking aids. We cannot yet say exactly how extensive this path system will be, as we cannot foresee whether we will be able to level the uneven ground extensively with the mats. However, the event area will not be fully covered.

You will receive the latest information about this at the entrance upon arrival. During the event, there will be a crew that continuously checks the path system for contamination or defects. If you notice anything in this regard, please report it to us, preferably at the “Awareness” tent. We will also have at least one mobile ramp on site, which can be requested through the contact person of the Awareness team.

Orientation on the Grounds
To make orientation easier, we will increasingly use pictograms throughout the area. Additionally, you will receive a printed site map at the entrance, marking all important points of contact.

Information for People with Visual Impairments
There are no tactile guidance systems or similar on our field. We will lay some access paths with heavy-duty mats. This not yet complete path system can be advantageous for orientation, as the surface structure of the mats is non-slip and has a tactile, grippy structure without holes. We cannot yet say exactly how extensive this path system will be. You will receive the latest information about this at the entrance upon arrival.

At the entrance and at the Awareness tent, there will be a QR code with the drink menu for download, so you can have the menu read to you by a screen reader if needed at the bars. At the entrance, we can ensure good network coverage.

Unfortunately, there is otherwise very poor network coverage on the grounds. Therefore, it is often not possible to make calls or use location setting for better orientation during the event.

Accessible Sanitary Facilities
There will be two combined, accessible shower and toilet containers near the DRK and the accessible camping C3. These are well-lit and equipped with handrails, sinks, disinfectant, and bins for hygiene items. Shower and toilet are not separated.

Additionally, as in previous years, we will provide some accessible Dixie toilets equipped with light and disinfectant. These are located in the area of the DRK, near the “Wiese” and “Bei Birke” stages, and on the arrival day also near the entrance. These toilets and containers are equipped with a Euro lock (https://www.schwerbehindertenausweis.de/nachteilsausgleiche/mobilitaet-und-reisen/euroschluessel-fuer-behindertentoiletten). If you do not have a Euro key, you can borrow one at the entrance or at the Awareness tent for a deposit of 35 euros. The deposit will be refunded at the end of the event, either at the waste deposit station or at the Awareness tent.

All accessible sanitary facilities are gender-neutral.

Accessible Camping (C3)
We offer a more accessible camping area located in C3, centrally and close to the stages. It is about 20 meters from the DRK tent and the nearby accessible Dixie WC. The area is also close to the event grounds. The combined sanitary containers are located at the edge of the camping area, and there is a charging station for electric wheelchairs and other aids. The camping area, like the rest of the campsite, is on a grassy ground. In the middle of the area, there will be a path system with heavy-duty mats leading to the sanitary facilities and towards the event grounds. During arrival, you will meet a Welcome Crew at C3, who will be available to answer questions and provide support if you wish. Due to its central location, the music is clearly audible on the campsite, even at night.

You are very welcome to camp with your friends in C3.

We ask for early registration at xynia@pyonen.de so we can provide appropriate capacities and enough space. But even on-site, there will certainly still be space for you and your group.

Charging Station for Electric Wheelchairs and Other Aids
On the C3 campsite, you will find a charging station for your electric wheelchair and other aids. Please bring suitable cables yourself.

Platforms
Unfortunately, we cannot provide raised platforms or similar this year. However, we are working on concepts for more accessible floors and welcome ideas and design suggestions at barrierefreier@pyonen.de.

Awareness Team, Welcome Crew & Safer Space
Our trained Awareness Team from the Safer Space is available for you around the clock for all matters. During the entire event, there is at least one person available for accessibility issues. This person can be found either at the Awareness tent or at C3. The Safer Space tent is located near the Red Cross. In the Safer Space tent, there is a supervised and separate rest area. This is set up in a low-stimulus manner and has places to lie down. There are also mobile teams on the event grounds, recognizable by their green safety vests.
During arrival and departure, there is a Welcome Crew that can accompany you to C3 (the accessible camping area) if needed or take a little more time to provide you with all the necessary information.

Sensitive Staff
Within the core team and team leaders, we have completed a workshop on “accessible partying.” We will do our best to pass this knowledge on to all employees.

Emergency Assistance
The phone network coverage on our grounds is very poor. All teams are connected via radio. If you are not feeling well or need assistance, all our staff (catering, traffic, security) are available and can organize further assistance.

Red Cross (DRK)
On the grounds, there is a fully equipped medical tent with ambulances, emergency doctors, and paramedics from the Red Cross, who are available for you around the clock.

Cooling Medications
In the DRK tent, there is the possibility to cool your medications in a refrigerator designated for this purpose. Please bring your medications in a labeled and sealable container.

Rest Area
In the Safer Space tent, there is a supervised and separate rest area with places to lie down.

Extreme Light Effects & Volume
Almost all our stages are equipped with moving, flashing lights, some with strobe lights. Our musical focus is on techno, electro, house, and other facets of electronic music – the volume does not exceed 99 dba in the center of the dance floors, but there can be a high volume level with strong bass and unusual sounds.

Assistance Dogs
We believe that a techno festival is not a suitable environment for dogs, so unfortunately, assistance dogs are not allowed.

Photos with descriptions of the ground conditions

An unpaved, sandy path with some grass growing at its edges and in the middle. The path is well-trodden, with visible tire tracks and footprints.
An unpaved, sandy path with some grass growing at its edges and in the middle. The path is well-trodden, with visible tire tracks and footprints.
A dry, sandy ground with scattered roots, dry grass, and small pine cones.
A dry, sandy ground with scattered roots, dry grass, and small pine cones.
A dry, sandy ground with dry grass, small pine cones on the ground, and scattered pine trees.
A dry, sandy ground with dry grass, small pine cones on the ground, and scattered pine trees.
A meadow with grass, sand, and soil.
A meadow with grass, sand, and soil.