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Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The Role of Drugs and Pleasure on the Dancefloor

Drugs have long played a role in the world of music and dance. For this reason, a harm reduction approach to nightlife and music festivals has historically focused on effective practices such as drug checking, to keep people safe while they have fun. But focusing on risk and harm ignores the reason most people take drugs at concerts and on dancefloors - to have fun. How can we have a meaningful discussion on incorporating the enhancing of pleasure on the dancefloor into our understanding of harm reduction, without ignoring the risks associated with taking drugs in this setting?

Speakers

Ayodeji Ayoola, cinematographer, Lagos
Giulia Zampini, People and Dancefloors
Mitchell Gomez, DanceSafe
Julian Quintero, Échele Cabeza

Healing Justice: A Future of Psychedelics that Prioritises Indigenous Communities and People of Colour

As psychedelics become more prominent in mainstream discourse, how can we ensure that we work towards psychedelics justice? How can we maintain Indigenous sovereignty over traditional drugs like peyote and ayahuasca and ensure that our movements to liberate psychedelics from prohibition incorporate a healing vision of justice?

Speakers

Diana Quinn, Psychedelic Liberation Collective
Alexis Martin, Drug Policy Alliance
Camille Sapara Barton, Artist | DJ | Head of Ecologies of Transformation
Ifetayo Harvey, People of Color Psychedelic Collective

Fight for Your Right: Progress in the Movement Towards Just Drug Policy

The war on drugs, which is really a war on people, has seen people incarcerated for the cultivation, possession and use of drugs. The last few years has seen increased interest in decriminalising or legalising drugs. The new President of the USA even got in on the act, but unfortunately didn't follow up. Should the state control what we put in our bodies? Strategically should it be legalisation or decriminalisation? What would be the effect of reform on people who use drugs and what would it look like? These and other questions will be addressed in this session.

Speakers

Charity Monareng, TB HIV Care
Judy Chang, INPUD
Haven Wheelock, Outside In, Oregon
Sanho Tree, Institute for Policy Studies
Niamh Eastwood, Release

Poppi Drugs Museum Amsterdam: MDMA Regulation

Join Poppi Drugs Museum Amsterdam in their latest interactive exhibition – exploring the regulation of MDMA through three different models. Participate ‘live’ in an interactive, virtual environment to understand the implications of each model. In this session, you help to identify the most ideal pre-conditions to sell regulated MDMA – taking into account public acceptance and the latest insights provided by Transform UK (a guide to regulating stimulants). In this session, you contribute directly to find the best path forward to make regulated MDMA sales a reality.

Led by Poppi, with Utrecht University and Transform UK.

Speakers

Poppi Drugs Museum Amsterdam

1. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The Role of Drugs and Pleasure on the Dancefloor

Drugs have long played a role in the world of music and dance. For this reason, a harm reduction approach to nightlife and music festivals has historically focused on effective practices such as drug checking, to keep people safe while they have fun. But focusing on risk and harm ignores the reason most people take drugs at concerts and on dancefloors - to have fun. How can we have a meaningful discussion on incorporating the enhancing of pleasure on the dancefloor into our understanding of harm reduction, without ignoring the risks associated with taking drugs in this setting?

Speakers

Ayodeji Ayoola, cinematographer, Lagos
Giulia Zampini, People and Dancefloors
Mitchell Gomez, DanceSafe
Julian Quintero, Échele Cabeza
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2. Healing Justice: A Future of Psychedelics that Prioritises Indigenous Communities and People of Colour

As psychedelics become more prominent in mainstream discourse, how can we ensure that we work towards psychedelics justice? How can we maintain Indigenous sovereignty over traditional drugs like peyote and ayahuasca and ensure that our movements to liberate psychedelics from prohibition incorporate a healing vision of justice?

Speakers

Diana Quinn, Psychedelic Liberation Collective
Alexis Martin, Drug Policy Alliance
Camille Sapara Barton, Artist | DJ | Head of Ecologies of Transformation
Ifetayo Harvey, People of Color Psychedelic Collective
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3. Fight for Your Right: Progress in the Movement Towards Just Drug Policy

The war on drugs, which is really a war on people, has seen people incarcerated for the cultivation, possession and use of drugs. The last few years has seen increased interest in decriminalising or legalising drugs. The new President of the USA even got in on the act, but unfortunately didn't follow up. Should the state control what we put in our bodies? Strategically should it be legalisation or decriminalisation? What would be the effect of reform on people who use drugs and what would it look like? These and other questions will be addressed in this session.

Speakers

Charity Monareng, TB HIV Care
Judy Chang, INPUD
Haven Wheelock, Outside In, Oregon
Sanho Tree, Institute for Policy Studies
Niamh Eastwood, Release
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4. Poppi Drugs Museum Amsterdam: MDMA Regulation

Join Poppi Drugs Museum Amsterdam in their latest interactive exhibition – exploring the regulation of MDMA through three different models. Participate ‘live’ in an interactive, virtual environment to understand the implications of each model. In this session, you help to identify the most ideal pre-conditions to sell regulated MDMA – taking into account public acceptance and the latest insights provided by Transform UK (a guide to regulating stimulants). In this session, you contribute directly to find the best path forward to make regulated MDMA sales a reality.

Led by Poppi, with Utrecht University and Transform UK.

Speakers

Poppi Drugs Museum Amsterdam
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