A 'Man-Free' Music Festival Is Coming to Sweden

| © Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip

For the ladies who’ve been dreaming of a music festival sans men, book your flights for Sweden in 2018.

The announcement comes after reports of 23 sexual assaults and four rapes at the country’s largest festival, Bråvalla, which took place this past weekend. Hosted in Östergötland, and boasting headliners like The Killers, The Chainsmokers, and System of a Down this year, police received numerous calls about sexual assaults and rapes at Bråvalla in 2016 as well, leading organizers to cancel the 2018 iteration.

“Certain men… apparently cannot behave. It’s a shame. We have therefore decided to cancel Bråvalla 2018,” festival organizers told The Guardian.

In response to these horrific reports, Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare suggested that someone start a festival where only women can attend.

“What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome?” at least “until all men have learned how to behave.”


A day later, she went on to answer her own call, writing on Instagram (translated by The Independent):

“Sweden’s first man-free rock festival will see the light next summer. In the coming days I’ll bring together a solid group of talented organizers and project leaders to form the festival organizers, then you’ll hear from everyone again when it’s time to move forward.”

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven condemned the sexual attacks during a televised segment on Sunday, calling for increased surveillance at festivals and saying these acts “must stop.”

“This is so disgusting. These are obnoxious acts by deplorable men,” Löfven told the Swedish daily newspaper, Expressen.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.