PUBLISHED THURSDAY 11.7.2019
The festival is now over, and we can all look back on 8 days with a lot of impression. There was of course many concerts and we have gathered some highlights here.
2019 was the year where the general theme was Solidarity We use the word as an umbrella for focusing on community spirit and what it means for our future.
The theme is inspired by the youth fighting and demonstrating for a better world today but is also deeply rooted in the festivals DNA as Roskilde Festival originated from the youth generation of the 60’s and 70’s.
That focus played out in the choice of artists to perform this year, in our collaboration with Solidarity-partners and in our Arts & Activism-program. It unfolded itself in our Flokkr-tent, and on the new stages Ambereum and House of Chroma.
We have gathered a bouquet of highlights. Start with the creation of the human banner, Solidarity Now.
As part of the Solidarity theme of this years festival there were a lot of talks and debates on the subject. Some of them took place in House of Chroma – an art installation also functioning as a stage. One of them being this one where global feminists Emma Holten and Aya Chebbi talk about how the key to solve a lot of the problems in todays world is exactly solidarity.
The Silent Parade
Roskilde Festival is never silent. But with the performance Quiet Parade artist Hannah Toticki Anbert was making a space which distinguished itself from the ongoing noise and activity at the campsite. From Sunday to Tuesday she and the other participants – invited and spontaneous from the camps – walked in total silence, being unproductive together.
If canned food and hot beers would get to much of a bad combination at some point, you could go to the soup kitchen to have a proper meal and be climate friendly at the same time. The soup kitchen was set up by the NGO Copenhagen house of Food and guests would share tables and get to meet people from other camps.
Solidarity as this years theme of the festival has also influenced the festivals programme for Arts & Acitivism. MeWe is a sculpture created by the swiss artist Claudia Comte and seeks to make people consider their own place in the community. It is all about solidarity and even the tree she has used to build the piece is felled in a sustainable way.
Lydmor reading guests statements aloud
Solidarity is to be there for those who have less than yourself. These words among many others were written by festival guests as part of an event organized by the school Røst. Hundreds of guests had participated with sentences on something they thought important to share with the public and Thursday afternoon the words came to live at the Arena stage as the electronic musician Lydmor read them aloud to the audience.
Freaky Clown at Flokkr
Monday the ethical hacker and social engineer Freaky Clown gave a talk on his work titled “How I Rob Banks”. As an ethical hacker he breaks into banks and public institutions to find the vulnerabilities in the security. Flokkr means meeting place and the scene was more popular then ever this year with lots of guests meeting to listen, discuss and expand their horizons.
Building workshops at Science Pavilion
Right next to Flokkr was this year situated the Science Pavilion where several workshops took place during the festival. The same day as Freaky Clown gave his talk there were for example workshops on how to make a solar charger.
Baby In Vain X Corpus
The noise rock orchester Baby In Vain teamed up with Corpus, a dance company from the Danish Royal Ballet and gave a very speciel performance at the Gloria stage. The show that was choreographed by Kristin Ryg Helgebostad was called The Real Raw. And with the huge crowd showing up it seemed as if the experimental cooperation was something festival guests had been looking forward to.
Transgender at the festival
How do you form an identity when you are a transwoman, a refugee, black and Muslim? Which battles should you choose and when should you shout out? Being transgender at Roskilde Festival means Moeisha walks on eggshells every day. In House of Chroma, she talked about her own experiences of how being at Roskilde has changed for her.
Read interview here
Cern at Roskilde Festival
Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, one of the most respected centers for scientific research joined forces with the Niels Bohr Institute at this years Roskilde Festival. They hosted several workshops at the Science Pavilion at the camp side, one of them being this one called Experience the Subatomic World (Cloud Chamber). Here guests could build their own detector to see elementary particles and cosmic rays coming down from the sky.
Making music from water
Another art installation also functioning as a stage was Ambereum. At daytime it was a space for arts and people hanging out chilling, at night it became an energetic rave club, born out of the same material as Berlins steamy Berghain. The focus on music linked all the activities together. Here it is the artist Tomoko Sauvage creating a meditative feeling Friday afternoon playing on waterbowls.
Musicians and activists of the future
Every year Roskilde Festival donates earnings from last year’s festival for the greater good. A sum is reserved for an artist to decide the beneficiary. We call it Orange Donation.
This year the festival has pointed to Silvana Imam, who performed on the festival for the third time, to be the decider of Orange Donation. She has chosen Swedish NGO Popkollo and their music summer camps, Sommarkollo. The donation is 250,000 Danish Kroner.
Popkollo is an organisation for girls, non-binary and trans youth, organising music camps foremost for 12-18-years-olds, but also for women, non-binary and trans people over 18. At a typical Popkollo camp the participants learn how to play instruments, form bands, write songs, participate in inspiring workshops and perform live. You are not required to have any prior musical knowledge when coming to our camps, the only thing needed is a passion for music.
Read more about Orange Donation here