Attending a festival as a wheelchair user: Accessibility with trade-offs


Photo: Adina Hermann in her wheelchair at the Sziget Festival in Budapest/Hungary; Copyright: Timo Hermann –

About the Sziget Festival in Budapest/Hungary Adina Hermann loves above all the musical variety and the artistic-creative design of the site: "At night the park becomes a real magic forest with many colorful lamps and lanterns in the branches – I think that's great."

Festivals are becoming more accessible

Photo: Service station employee frees a wheelchair from mud on the wheels; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Since 2016, Sunrise Medical GmbH and ThiesMediCenter GmbH have been jointly offering the service station for festival visitors with disabilities at the Wacken Open Air.

Tips for surviving a festival visit in a wheelchair

Photo: Andrea Schütt posing in her wheelchair on the grounds of the Wacken Open Air; Copyright: private

Andrea Schütt is enthusiastic about the atmosphere of the Wacken Open Air: "It's not only the brilliant music of more than 150 bands, but everything around on the camping ground, festival area and the small town of Wacken". But especially important are the people she meets on site, she emphasizes.

Photo: Nadine Lormis; Copyright: private

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