Attendance Policy

Attendance at Festival Events

Events at IF Oxford vary from small-capacity tours and one-off experiences to large-scale free-flow, drop-in zones and exhibitions. Each activity is designed to be enjoyable, thought-provoking and safe.

The Festival gets very busy so we ask for patience with staff and volunteers.

We ask all attendees to be respectful of others and recognise that not everyone is the same. For example, some people have hidden disabilities — some Festival zone events have a quiet hour designed for people with autism — or a different point of view to your own — we celebrate diversity of thought and considerate ideas sharing.

We encourage everyone to take responsibility for their own welfare and for the welfare of others, so if you feel unwell or are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, please cancel your booking for the in-person event and do not attend. Festival reserves the right to either withhold admission on grounds of health and safety and / or convert in-person events to digital if required and will inform all ticket holders of any changes.

IF Oxford is an inclusive organisation and while everyone is welcome, the charity will not tolerate any form of unlawful or unfair discrimination on grounds of skin colour, ethnic or national origin, race, gender, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, marital status or family circumstances. Please see the IF Oxford Diversity and Equality Policy for further information.

Please note that your attendance at any Festival event signifies your agreement to comply with the guidelines for attendance.

Arrival at events

For events with a start time, we reserve the right to refuse entry after the event has started, without refunding any ticket price. For drop-in events, you are welcome to arrive at any time.

There will be an age guide within the event description and there may be an enforced age restriction depending on the nature and content of an event. Children (under 18) and vulnerable adults should be accompanied at all times.

The Festival may refund the ticket price if an event has to be cancelled, but if it is rescheduled your ticket will be validated for the replacement event. The Festival will not be liable for any personal expense related to an event cancellation or reschedule.

Every effort will be made to accommodate audience members with specific access requirements. Please contact the Festival in good time to make sure the correct infrastructure will be in place:

Behaviour at events

Attendees must comply with all applicable health and safety, security, fire and other rules and regulations in force at the event, which will be clearly indicated or explained.

Event organisers welcome a diversity of views, questions and access requirements. We do, however, reserve the right to refuse admission or remove people from an event, without refund, for reasons of disruptive behaviour or non-compliance of rules or regulations.

Disruption may take many forms, and if for example someone is using a question and answer (Q&A) opportunity to communicate a point of view in an aggressive manner, a member of Festival staff (or designate) should observe the following procedure:

  1. (If appropriate) thank the attendee for their comments (which may be forwarded to the Festival Director)
  2. Ask the attendee if they could conclude their remarks / cease their disruptive behaviour to allow others to enjoy the Festival
  3. Ask the attendee to cease causing disruption or they will be removed from the platform.


Live streaming or audio/video recordings may not be made without the prior permission of the event organisers, Festival team or speaker/performer.

The use of professional cameras and audio-visual recording equipment (including screen capture without express and documented consent) is prohibited without permission of the event organisers, Festival team or speaker/performer.

Festival events may be (audio-visual) recorded with this managed according to our Data Management Policy.