FAQ Accessibility Nation of Gondwana

Dear Parallel World Tourists,

We aim to become more accessible in the coming years. We have received a lot of input from the ‘Initiative Barrierefrei Feiern’ team and are working to make the festival more accessible for people with disabilities. As festival organization is often a “work in progress,” we will update this page whenever there are new developments.

If you have further questions, please contact us at barrierefreier@pyonen.de.

Where do we celebrate, and what does it look like?

Since 1999, we have celebrated the Nation of Gondwana on a meadow in Grünefeld. This meadow is surrounded by a pine forest. At the top edge, next to the event area, there is a small bathing lake with two opposite beaches.

The meadow is uneven but mostly firm ground covered with grass. Between the forest and the meadow, there is a sandy strip about 3 meters wide. Between the meadow and the lake area, there is also a sandy path 2.5 meters wide. The path to the lake stage is partly characterized by roots protruding from the ground. The path to the stage is sandy. The lake stage is located on the beach, right by the lake and forest.

The Spelunke stage area is directly adjacent, surrounded by trees, and accessible only by a sandy path about 2.5 meters wide.

The campsite is directly next to the event area. There are almost no fences or similar separations between the campsite and the event area, just 1.5 meter wide passages. The roads and paths in the campsite are partly sandy and uneven.

The main stage is on the meadow, close to washbasins, and about 100 meters from the Red Cross tent and the WC.

The “Bei Birke” stage is on the meadow, about 150 meters from the main stage.

Tickets

If you need a companion, please email markus@pyonen.de. Your companion will receive a free ticket from us.

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 barrier-free access. The buses are usually very full, and many people crowd at the station entrances. Four of our security personnel are stationed there to coordinate the entry.

More information about the station and the buses can be found at 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 markus@pyonen.de.
Alternatively, you can be dropped off, see the ‘Disabled parking’ section.

Disabled parking

There are sufficient disabled parking spaces near the cashier. The parking spaces are on the meadow and have no paved ground.
Parking directly on the camping area next to the tent or in the motorhome is also possible, see ‘Accessible camping’.

Wheelchair accessible environment

See area description at the beginning.
We will lay some access routes with heavy-duty mats,
but the event area is not fully covered!

There will also be a more accessible bar section at the meadow bar, directly next to the meadow floor.

Orientation on the site

To make orientation easier, we will use more pictograms throughout the site.
Additionally, you will receive a printed site plan at the entrance, marking all important points.

Services for people with visual impairments

We do not have tactile guidance systems or similar on our field.

Accessible sanitary facilities

There will be a combined accessible shower and toilet container near the Red Cross and the accessible camping area.

Additionally, as in previous years, we will provide some accessible portable toilets equipped with light and disinfectant. These are located in the accessible camping area, near the meadow floor, and at Birke. On the arrival day, they are also near the entrance. Thus, they are in the center of the event area. These toilets and the combined shower and toilet container are locked with a code lock; you can get the code from the Red Cross helpers or at the cashier at the entrance. We are working on a Euro lock system.

Accessible camping

For the first time, we will offer a more accessible camping area. This area will be in camping area C3 and is very central (about 20 meters) next to the Red Cross tent and an accessible portable toilet.

You are welcome to camp with your friends.

We ask for early registration at xynia@pyonen.de so we can provide appropriate capacities!
But even on-site, there will surely be a place for you and your group.

Charging station for electric wheelchairs

If you need a charging station for your electric wheelchair, please email markus@pyonen.de.

Elevated platforms

Unfortunately, we cannot provide elevated platforms this year.

Awareness Team & Safer Space

Our trained awareness team from Safer Space is available around the clock for all matters. The Safer Space tent is near the Red Cross tent, behind the meadow floor, and near the entrance to Spelunke. Mobile teams are also roaming the event area, recognizable by their green safety vests.

Sensitized 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 staff members.

Assistance in emergencies

Cell phone coverage on our site is very poor. All teams are connected by radio, so if you feel unwell or need assistance, all our staff, from bar to traffic to security, are approachable and can organize further help.

Red Cross

On the site, there is a fully equipped medical tent with an ambulance, emergency doctors, and Red Cross paramedics, available around the clock.

Cooling medications

At the Red Cross tent, you can cool your medications in a refrigerator designated for this purpose only.
Please bring your medications in a labeled and sealable container.

Quiet area

In the Safer Space tent, there is a supervised and separate quiet area.

Extreme light effects & volume

Almost all our stages are equipped with moving, flashing lights, partly strobe lights. Our musical focus is on techno, electro, house, and other facets of electronic music. The volume does not exceed 99dBA at the center of the dance floors. There can be a high volume level with strong bass and unusual sounds.

Ein solidarisches und respektvolles Miteinander steht für uns auch beim Feiern ganz oben! Mit dem Kauf des Tickets für die Nation of Gondwana 2024 nimmst Du unser Selbstverständnis zu Kenntnis:

Wir streben eine gemeinsame diskriminierungsfreiere Zeit auf dem Acker an, in der sich alle möglichst wohl und willkommen fühlen. Wir legen sehr viel Wert auf einen respektvollen und achtsamen Umgang miteinander. Jede Person bringt eigene Erfahrungen mit auf den Acker und setzt Grenzen unterschiedlich, daher erwarten wir Konsens & Empathie in jeder Situation – ohne Ausnahme. Wir wollen gemeinsam feiern, unabhängig von der ethnischen Zugehörigkeit, der sexuellen Orientierung, der Geschlechtsidentität, des kulturellen Hintergrunds, des Alters, der Lernmöglichkeiten oder der sichtbaren und unsichtbaren Behinderungen. Wir erkennen an, dass unsere Veranstaltung nicht per se diskriminierungsfrei ist. Deshalb arbeiten wir mit einem intersektionalen betroffenenorientierten Ansatz daran, die Nation of Gondwana Jahr für Jahr sicherer zu machen.

  • Wir sagen Nein zu sexualisierten, rassistischen, ableistischen, homo-, inter- und transfeindlichen Gewaltakten.
  • Wir sagen Nein zu rechten bzw. extrem rechten Tendenzen, Handlungen oder Gedankengut, egal in welcher Form.
  • Wir sagen Nein zu antisemitischen und antimuslimischen Äußerungen und Aktionen.
  • Wir sagen Nein zu diskriminierenden und verletzenden Übergriffen, egal ob verbal oder körperlich.
  • Wir wollen keine Nationalfahnen auf dem Acker.
  • Wir legen Wert auf die Persönlichkeitsrechte des Einzelnen, dazu gehört auch das Recht am eigenen Bild. Fotografiere oder filme keine Personen ohne deren klares Einverständnis.
  • Gegensätzliches Verhalten wird geahndet und kann unter Umständen zu einem direkten Verweis des Platzes führen!

Wir möchten an dieser Stelle noch einmal auf unser Awareness-Team vom Safer Space (gegenüber vom Spelunkeeingang) hinweisen, welches rund um die Uhr für Dich ansprechbar ist und für ALLE Angelegenheiten ein offenes Ohr hat. Dort findest Du Unterstützung, Hilfe und Schutz.

Um ausnahmslos allen eine schöne Nation of Gondwana 2024 zu bereiten, bist auch Du gefragt! Wende dich sofort an uns, wenn du dich unwohl fühlst oder eine unangenehme Situation wahrnimmst. Grundsätzlich sind alle Mitarbeiter*innen über Funk verbunden und können schnell Unterstützung organisieren. Du kannst dich auch direkt an unser Awareness-Team, welches an grünen Warnwesten zu erkennen ist, oder an unsere Security wenden.

Du möchtest vor oder nach dem Festival mit uns in Kontakt treten, hast Anregungen, Fragen oder möchtest z.B. ein unangenehmes Erlebnis auf der NoG melden? Melde dich gerne via Mail: feedback@pyonen.de

Denn gemeinsam Feiern bedeutet für uns auch, gemeinsam aufeinander achtgeben.