At Darklands, we’re committed to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all our guests. To maintain a secure and unforgettable event, we’ve implemented a set of house rules. 

These guidelines are designed to create a welcoming and respectful atmosphere for everyone attending. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these rules to help us ensure a memorable experience for all. Let’s come together to celebrate safely and responsibly at Darklands!


We adhere to Belgian law by prohibiting smoking throughout the premises, including e-cigarettes. 

However, designated smoking areas are available for those who wish to indulge. We appreciate your cooperation in maintaining a smoke-free environment indoors while still providing options for our smoking guests to enjoy their experience comfortably.

Prohibited items

We prioritize the safety and enjoyment of all our guests. To ensure a secure environment, we have a strict policy prohibiting the following items on the premises: animals (unless guide dogs), outside food and drinks, illegal drugs, glass containers, aerosol dispensers, sticks, cans, plastic/PET bottles, sharp objects, or any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate by our organization. Our dedicated security team is empowered to enforce these guidelines for the well-being of everyone attending. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all.

No tolerance towards shaming or aggression

At Darklands you’ll encounter members of the many kink community’s, often ones you haven’t heard of before. At Darklands we build bridges, we meet, we learn and above all, we respect everyone’s fetish. 
And that’s what you are expected to do as wel if you step into our ‘home’ in all its diversity. Any form of shaming or unacceptable behaviour will lead to expulsion from the festival.

In case of aggressive behavior, sexually transgressive behavior or more serious offenses, police services will be called. In this case, a lifetime ban from attending the festival will follow.

Zero tolerance drugs policy

Drug use, dealing, or possession is strictly prohibited on the festival grounds. Those caught violating this policy will be immediately escorted off the premises. In severe cases, individuals may face a ban from Darklands and The Boots. Let’s come together to celebrate responsibly and create unforgettable memories in a safe environment.

Posters, flyers and promotional items

We strive to maintain a welcoming and clutter-free environment for all our attendees as imposed by the venue management. Please refrain from distributing flyers or posters throughout the venue, except at the designated flyer desk near the entrance.

Unauthorised materials will be promptly removed. If you’re interested in promoting your event, we offer a variety of marketing opportunities tailored to suit your needs. Contact for more information. Take advantage of our complimentary flyer desk service to showcase your event to our audience.

Refund policy

At Darklands, we operate on a no-refund policy for all ticket purchases, including entry tickets and add-ons. We understand that plans may change, which is why we encourage guests to double-check their schedules before purchasing.

A safe platform to resell your tickets is Ticketswap. Click here for more information.

However, rest assured that once you’re part of the Darklands experience, you’re in for an unforgettable journey filled with excitement and surprises. Join us for an epic event that promises to leave lasting memories and connections!


Respect is the foundation of our vibrant fetish community. We embrace diversity and encourage all attendees to treat each other with kindness and consideration, regardless of their fetish preferences. Any behavior that disrupts this atmosphere of respect will not be tolerated. Our dedicated security team is empowered to promptly address and remove individuals who disrespect others, ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all. Let’s come together to celebrate our unique interests and create unforgettable memories, united by mutual respect and understanding.

Pictures and video recordings

We respect the privacy and discretion of all our attendees. While capturing memories is part of the experience, please be mindful of others’ privacy. Refrain from taking photos or videos that include other guests or our staff without their consent. Any type of recording in the darkrooms leads to immediate expulsion from the festival.

Official photographers are present to capture the essence of the event for future promotional use. If you’re comfortable being photographed, feel free to strike a pose. If not, simply inform the photographer or cameraman, and they’ll accommodate your request.

If you inadvertently find yourself in a photo and wish to be removed, please contact Remember, no rights can be derived from the use of images.

Code of conduct outside the festival

Once you leave the festival, it is important to show respect to the people of Antwerp who have welcomed us with open arms to date. Cover your buttocks, genitals and try not to show unnecessary nudity on the street.
It is thanks to the hospitality of this city and its people that Darklands can take place. Be grateful to them.
In the quest to make the next eye catching video for your social media, we ask that you do not do so in public. When taking photos at the cranes please abide by the rules as mentioned above.

Your wristband

Your wristband is your key to unlocking all the excitement and experiences our event has to offer. To ensure its validity, keep your wristband securely fastened around your wrist at all times.