Party+ is the European network for Safer party labels. The network aims at improving nightlife settings and promotes health among European cities and regions by implementing and enhancing quality labels and charters for nightlife venues
The network was created in 2011 by 4 safer nightlife labels & charters:
- Belgium: Quality Nights
- France: Fêtez Clairs
- Spain: Q de Festa !
- Switzerland: Safer Clubbing
Early 2013, the 4 founders created a legal entity for the network and opened it to new membership. Since 2016 Hard&Smart (Czech republic), Plus Belle La Nuit (France), Safe!n Cais (Portugal) joined the association as full members. The City of Tarragona and Lleida in Spain, Cept Luxembourg, Alice project Frankfurt, Germany, Harm reduction network of Emilio Romagna Region, Italy and Existancias Coimbra, Portugal are associated members of Party+.
WHAT IS A SAFER NIGHTLIFE LABEL?
A safer nightlife Label is developped to reward a club complying with official standards of quality and to indicate to consumers the quality of the service provided.
A safer nightlife Charter is an official document signed by clubs, party organizers, cities and NGOs recognizing common objectives and specifying commitments to improve health and security in clubs and parties .
In each community, there will be variations in the nightlife regulation, the settings of the venues and the risks taken by the partygoers, but labels and charters can reduce these risks by implementing standards such as :
Accessibility to health promotion material and information (examples: leaflets, condoms, ear plugs).
Improvement in the infrastructure to reduce risks such as dehydration (example : access to free fresh water).
The training of the parties’ professionals (examples: first-aid, information about drugs or law, non-violent communication, noise pollution, etc.)
For a club owner or a party organizer, a Label is the recognition of the attention he pays to the well-being and health of his public. It gives them a positive image and can support them in case of crisis situation to reduce juridical risks.
For a partygoer, it’s the guarantee of a quality venue to party in a safer way.
For an administration or a health NGO, it’s a participative and sustainable methodology to reduce risks related to nightlife.
WHAT ARE OUR VALUES
- Work in partnership
We want to ensure collaboration between partygoers and youth, club owners and party organizers, community organizations, health NGO’s, administrations, policymakers and founders, to increase participation and develop partnerships.
- Take a community development perspective
Nightlife is a creative outlet for people talented in music, the arts and entertainment. It can also be a demonstration of enterprise, management skill and organisational abilities. These skills, talents and qualities should be recognised and supported, to enable them to be achieved safely and positively.
- Promote a positive vision of nightlife
Some aspects of nightlife offer young Europeans a sense of belonging and identity, and an opportunity for integration.A vivid and manifold offer for parties contributes to make a city attractive. A quality Nightlife can enhance commerce, tourism and development and give a positive image of a city or region.
- Be realistic about the context
We recognise that many people choose to enhance their experience of nightlife through using legal and illegal drugs and taking risks. Our aim is to enhance young people and revellers’ enjoyment and social experience by improving settings which helps them stay safe and make healthier choices.
- Promote health
Based on the definition of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, we want to promote health as a process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.