This policy contains the guidelines and rules that Furdance Budapest (hereinafter we as the organiser) expects from you and you as a participant, what you can expect from us during our events.
Failure to comply with this policy may, in repeated or more serious cases, result in a ban or even the involvement of the authorities, in addition to exclusion from the event with a warning.
We do our best to create a safe environment for you and the other participants during our events. Therefore, please keep the following points in mind in all situations:
- Be respectful of other participants and staff.
- Be mindful of your own physical safety and that of others. Be careful not to damage the property of others (e.g. fursuit) or damage the event site and/or its equipment. For example: use the glow sticks brought or provided as intended, don't disassemble them, and don't distribute hazardous and contaminating contents. Otherwise, you could endanger the safety of others and contaminate or damage clothing, fursuits, or equipment on the event site.
- Don't cause a scandal or escalate matters into an argument.
- In outdoor programs, like the Suitwalk, our goal is to entertain. Don't behave in a provocative, frightening, or offensive manner. Avoid confrontation and accept that not everyone will respond to us in the same way. Most passersby react positively to fursuiters, but a simple toony-style fursuit may be frightening or scary to someone. If you notice that someone doesn't welcome your approach, step back and don't keep trying. This applies to adults as well, but especially to children. If a child starts crying at the sight of your fursuit, don't wait for parents to intervene. You're free to communicate with the parents through hand signals or even verbally, because they know their children's behavior and where their boundaries are.
- Avoid age-restricted and adult themes and messages. Avoid visual depictions of blood, severe injuries, open wounds, and death, even if you think it fits your character. It's no coincidence that horror movies also have an age restriction of eighteen. If your costume represents Skulldog, Leshy, Wendingo or similar characters, you should pay special attention to the rules of behavior, especially if your costume isn't toony but realistic.
We think it's important to draw your attention to certain rules that apply to the entire territory of Hungary, regardless of us.
- Alcohol: The minimum age for alcohol consumption in Hungary is 18. We expect you to moderate yourself during the events.
- Tobacco products: The minimum age for the use of tobacco products in Hungary is 18. Smoking is strictly regulated in most places. For example, smoking is prohibited in restaurants, public places and parts of public areas. If you want to smoke, light a cigarette only in designated areas. The use / consumption of electric cigarettes, heating sticks and similar devices is only allowed in the designated smoking areas!
- Drugs/Narcotics: All narcotics, including marijuana, are illegal, even if consumed and/or possessed in small amounts! Possession or consumption of prohibited substances is strictly prohibited in Hungary, including at the event.
- Weapons and replicas: The possession and carrying of firearms are strictly forbidden. Knives and daggers longer than 8 cm are considered particularly dangerous objects and may be confiscated by the police. Gas, alarm, and rubber bullet weapons and other pyrotechnic devices are less regulated, but carrying them requires a permit. Items that look like weapons (e.g. airsoft guns) fall into a legal gray area. We'd like to ask you not to bring these either!
- Data Authenticity: It's your responsibility as a participant to ensure the authenticity of the data you provide. We and our partners may refuse check-in or use of the booked service if the data you provide doesn't match reality.
- Acceptance of registrations: For most events, you must register to attend. We reserve the right to refuse your registration without giving reasons, even if you've already participated in an event.
- Cancelation of your registration: If you change your mind and haven't paid the offered admission fee yet, you don't have to do anything. Please note that if you've already paid the admission fee, we cannot refund the amount in whole or in part. We offer the possibility to transfer your placed entries to another candidate. You can arrange the transfer as the owner of the entry with the main organizer.
- Unexpected situations: If the event cannot take place for an unforeseen reason (e.g. epidemiological measures), you can claim back the price of the paid entrance fee or keep it in the Furdance wallet to use it later. We can give you information about the exact procedure, details or conditions if needed.
Programs are open to children over 16 only with parental consent and not at all to children under 16. An exception is the Suitwalk, which can be attended without age restriction if accompanied by a parent, guardian or trustee.
Participation is at the participant's own risk (parent or guardian for participants under 18), including programs that take place without prior registration and/or outdoors.
The age rating of a particular event or program varies by type. You can find the exact designation in the description of the program.
Clothing and costume accessories
When choosing your clothing, avoid adult themes, tools, and accessories. Latex or other costumes used for sexual purposes are prohibited in the event area. In some cases, costumes or accessories may be approved on an individual basis.
We ask that you take care of your appearance and avoid wearing anything or behaving in a way that's inconsistent with the subculture and upsets others.
Without claiming to be exhaustive, we'd like to give you some examples that can help you figure out what's allowed and what's not. If you aren't sure if your clothes are appropriate or if you feel that you need permission for something, feel free to ask an organizer.
- On the Suitwalk, suiters may wear collars, but may not use muzzles or leashes. If you aren't a fursuiter, you may wear a collar at outdoor events only if it matches your appearance and style of dress, such as punk, heavy metal, or goth. Of course, this restriction only applies to Suitwalk, external and outdoor programs. All attendees are allowed to wear the collars as a subcultural accessory at the main venue.
- On the street and in public places you may wear a harness only as part of a costume. The harness itself isn't considered a costume, except for the sled dog (husky, samoyed, kugsha, etc.) and from the waist up, preferably only on the chest. So it's not a costume for a fox or wolf unless the harness is part of a themed outfit or costume and we've approved it in advance. This only applies to outdoor activities such as Suitwalk. In the main event venue, everyone is allowed, suiters or not, as long as they aren't wearing adult accessories, such as a groin ring. However, we ask that such accessories be worn in moderation.
- Latex, neoprene and similar equipment/costumes aren't considered fursuits and are strictly prohibited.
- Replicas and items that look like weapons may be brought only with prior permission from the organizers. Whether it's a firearm, knife, sword or ax, authorities take fear-mongering seriously. Public display and wearing of these accessories may be subject to notification and/or approval in both costume and cosplay parades (e.g., in the case of airsoft or other replica weapons).
- Dress appropriately, wear clean clothes and a suit!
- Outdoor events will have passersby and citizens taking photos, which will also be shared on social media. If you're a fursuiter, clothing that covers the whole body is recommended, because with an incomplete outfit you can destroy not only your own "charm", but also that of others. You certainly don't want to damage your friends' experiences while walking around. If you feel that clothes that cover the whole body are too much for you or that the heat could endanger your health, wear a partial suit or come without a fursuit. You also have the option of changing at the main venue, where it's less of a problem if you accidentally only brought shorts.
As an event attendee, you agree that visual and/or audio material about you may be recorded at the events.
We reserve the right to use the material recorded at the event for illustration and presentation of the event media and/or programs. No claim for compensation can be made for any problems arising from this.
We give our prior consent to the use of all visual and / or audio materials created at the event for private purposes (including publication on the Internet). Publication in the media (newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, blog, etc.) and / or use for business purposes or advertising is allowed only with the prior consent of the organizers.
Laser equipment may be used at the event. Please be careful when taking photos during the event! The device is harmless to the human eye, but if the optics of cameras or cell phones are directly exposed to the laser light within a radius of 8 to 10 meters, the optical sensor may be overloaded and damaged.
Use the camera equipment at your own risk, we're not liable for any damage!
We give the images and materials you take the opportunity to appear on our pages, making every effort to credit the exact source. Contact us to request permission, file a complaint, or submit your images!
Only registered fursuiters can enter the locker room to change and keep their suit safe during the event.
This means that you'll only be allowed to enter the changing area if you've registered as a fursuiter and brought your fursuit to the event!
It's also forbidden to
- Taking photos or videos inside. If you take a photo near the entrance to the lounge, make sure you can't see behind the entrance.
- Consuming, storing or bringing food or beverages. Except what's provided by the event to be inside.
Artist Alley and Partner Artist Program
We provide space for artists to perform or participate in Artist Alley and the Partner Artist Program. We're not involved in the sales or ordering process, nor do we charge a participation fee or commission.
All orders are placed without us, only between the artist and the client, in accordance with the artist's contract and terms and conditions. The financial and legal terms required for the sale are the responsibility of the artist making the sale, and we're not responsible for their activities, products or services.
Safety mesures and accident prevention
We discourage wearing ropes and chains hanging from your clothing, as anyone can easily get caught in them or get caught in the commotion of an event. If your suit, clothing, or costume has sharp spikes, protruding parts, or stiffeners, they should be made of sponge or some other material that cannot cause injury.
If you feel that you're overheated and need help or water, let the attendants and organizers know. In such a case, step back from the crowd and signal to the other participants with the hand signal for overheating (waving towards). If necessary, you can turn to a helper who'll offer you water.
To protect your health, we ask that you don't consume alcohol before or during the walk if you're participating as a fursuiter. If you get sick or faint, your health and not the protection of your fursuit is the most important thing for us and in the worst case for the paramedics. They'll cut off your fur and mask without thinking, which can cause you significant financial damage, even if you're only wearing a partial suit. Neither we, nor the paramedic, the doctor, the helper, the organizer and/or the passerby who's taking care of you will take responsibility for a fursuit during a health-protective (first aid) or medical procedure. If you feel that you're reaching your physical limits during the hike, tell a helper who'll arrange for you to remove your mask and sit in a safe place.
At the main venue, the Suit Lounge is available for you to cool off and relax, but still be mindful of your own limits. Especially if you drink alcohol too!