The charity society behind Roskilde Festival was founded in 1972, and since then, it has generated about DKK 189,000,000 (€ 25.4 million) to projects that benefit children and young people as well as humanitarian and cultural work.
It is our tradition to create a connection between our donations and each year’s campaign. Last year, the Roskilde Festival Charity Society donated more than DKK 4 million to asylum projects because last year’s statement campaign focused on asylum seekers.
This year, we bring attention to citizenship under the title CHANGE, and in collaboration with our festivalgoers we want to make a change by means of action. That is why we also support projects and organisations that work with the same purpose. Here you can see examples of our CHANGE-donations.
MakerSpace and citizenship
We support a handful of youth organisations that work with citizenship and open innovation. In their own way they encourage the individual to take part in the creation of a more sustainable and socially responsible society. From creative laboratories to events where the citizens are invited to take matters into their own hands when it comes to the city’s development. These organisations include among others 100påendag, FabLab, Labitat and INSP!.
You can meet them all in Dream City during Roskilde Festival 2013, where they are a part of MakerSpace. Basically, a makerspace comes from the idea of democratising and sharing knowledge and technology, thereby making it usable for a large group of people. Come and join us in creating a better festival city.
Donations for the collaborating partners in MakerSpace go to the organisations’ overall work involving young people in a sustainable and socially responsible development of society based on open source methods.
Solar cell workshops for the festivalgoers
The organisation Vedvarende Energi (Sustainable Energy) is working for a change to renewable energy in Denmark before 2030. In collaboration with them, we have offered solar cell workshops to interested festival participants living in Dream City, providing them with the tools to develop and use renewable energy in their everyday life – in their camps at Roskilde Festival and at home. Vedvarende Energi will also participate in Dream City MakerSpace.
Including young people in African politics
African Youth Panel is a pan-African youth panel that works across the African continent to give the African youth a vote in both African and international democratic processes. African Youth Panel has members from all of the African countries and participate in everything from climate and poverty summit meetings to national political events. The aim is to get a more transparent political process that includes the young citizens, which is not a matter of course in many African countries.
8 young members of the African Youth Panel steering committee will visit the festival this year.
Ungdommens Folkemøde (Youth Mass Meeting)
At the same time as the political Folkemøde (Mass Meeting) on Bornholm almost 200 young people go to the Danish island of Christiansø to have their own youth mass meeting. In the course of one day’s workshops, the youth will develop a number of recommendations and ideas on how the politicians, the young people and the labour market can solve the problems related to youth unemployment. This is the first year this alternative kind of mass meeting takes place, and the aim is to become a permanent part of Folkemødet, which takes young people seriously and includes them in solving the big challenges in society that the youth must live with.