until Roskilde Festival 2015 - 27 June to 4 July

On stage events in Poor City

Every day from morning till night, during the warm-up days, from Sunday 1st July to Thursday 5th July, festival guests can experience events, concerts, debates and much, much more on stage in Poor City. Silent Disco, a sermon by the priest Asser Skude and theatre, are some of the many events taking place on the stage. Read more about the events on the stage in Poor City, and about when the various events are happening, below.


Aftryk (approx. imprint)

Monday 2nd July from 14:30 to 15:30

Aftryk is a music project where 200 refugee children and youth, guided by the musician Peter Rønn, created music with each other, non-ethnic Danes and ethnic Danes.

The project came to life in 2010, where 200 unaccompanied young asylum seekers played drums, rapped, sang and danced, and created music, crossing cultures, nationalities and religion.

The project opened up a window to the thoughts and emotions, which young asylum seekers are marked by in their everyday life, and which we rarely hear about.

Aftryk is a collaboration between Peter Rønn and the Red Cross Asylum group. The result has been a number of concerts and an album. The project is constantly changing and the participating asylum seekers frequently give concerts across the country.



Asylum volunteers

On Sunday 1st July from 13:30 to 14:30, Monday 2nd July from 16:00 to 17:00, Tuesday 3rd July from 11:30 to 12:30 and on Wednesday 4th July from 16:15 to 17:15.

From Sunday to Wednesday Asylum Volunteers give presentations with room for questions and comments from the audience. The presentations have a new subject every day. All presentations are based on personal stories, and questions and debates are encouraged. The purpose of the presentations is to learn about the Danish asylum system and about life as an asylum seeker – to give guests the chance to understand the media debate.

The theme of the four presentations are:


Presentation 1: the escapee (why do people run, how many are they, who are they and what is the meeting with Denmark like?)

Presentation 2: The Danish asylum system (The meeting with Denmark, the centres, questioning, humanitarian visa etcetera)

Presentation 3: Life as an asylum seeker (Location of the centre, lacking legal capacity, psychological pressure, suicide and violence etcetera)

Presentation 4: International cooperations and obligations (Frontex, human rights)



Asylum concert

Wednesday 4th July from 19:00 to 20:00

Silent Disco concert including a simultaneous showing of picture narrative.

Asylum concert, five writers' stories about asylum transformed into music by three musicians and a media designer, who have created the visual show.


The ASYLUM! Concert introduce a new generation of writers, who are refugees.New Danish composition music has been composed to their words. The music is played by a classical trio and interpreted in interactive media design. The music is based on poems written by writers from Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia, living in Denmark, and is centred around the special type of duality refugees experience: Between the new and the old country, between joy and loss, between safety and fear.



Asylum Centre Flip Off

Sunday 1st July from 15:15 to 16:00, Monday 2nd July from 17:15 to 18:00, Tuesday 3rd July from 16:30 to 17:15 and on Wednesday 4th July from 12:00 to 12:45

The theatre group FLIP OFF presents “Shelter” - a physical theatrical performance about asylum. Fragments of lyrics and physical compositions are interwoven. The physical language is used to interpret some of the emotions an asylum seeker experience in the process of being accepted and included in a new country; anxiety, insecurity, uncertainty and peace of mind.

With “Shelter” the group want to expose the subject of the critical conditions asylum seekers have – perspective and making up one's mind – based on physical theatre.

Should you defend your right to belonging to a particular place? When have you been approved? What are the every day realities for an asylum seeker? What happens, when life is put on hold? Why “us” and “them”?



BFA (Grandparents for Asylum)

Tuesday 3rd July from 13:00 to 16:00

Grandparents for Asylum (BFA) – SAY WELCOME

The theme is meetings between people

Trying to create dialogue between festival guests and the young asylum seekers/refugees, by letting them tell their own story about what it means to live as a refugee or an asylum seeker in Denmark, in the centres and not the least outside them.



l  Welcome by Per from BFA, who will say a few word about why BFA is at the festival and about the programme. Per will coordinate and host the event.

l  The author Charlotte Strandgaard will read her poem “Lige nu skulle du være ung” (you should be young right now)

l  Solmaz, a female Iranian asylum seeker and refugee will talk about her background and her life as an asylum seeker. Erik from BFA will ask follow up questions and run the following discussion with the audience.

l  Inaam, who is of Palestinian background, and who have grown up in Denmark, will after a short introduction, recite poems about Danishness and Danes by Danish and immigrant authors.

l  Merna, a female Iraqi asylum seeker and refugee will talk about her life at it is now, with emphasis on her experiences as a refugee trying to get an education in Denmark. Bent from BFA will ask follow up questions and run the following discussion with the audience.

l  The rapper, Babak from Nørrebro with roots in Iran will entertain

l  The event closes with community singing

The singer Ben from Uganda will sing a capella between presentations.



Comedian, Masoud Vahedi

Sunday 1st July from 16:30 to 17:00 and Wednesday 4th July from 13:30 to 14:00

Masoud's stand-up show is about subjects relevant for this year's STATEMENT campaign – Asylum and refugees. The theme is meetings between people and Masoud wants to encourage this in a fun way, as laughter is a language we all understand and it can break down peoples' reluctance to deal with these heavy subjects.



Laughter coaches Lene Truelsen and Susanne Pedersen

Lene Truelsen, Monday 2th July from 19:00 to 20:00

Susanne Pedersen, Wednesday 4th July from 15:15 to 16.00

Two laughter coaches, Lene Truelsen and Susanne Pedersen arrange fun and exiting laughter events of approximately 45 minutes duration. The two laughter events will open up the interaction between people in a fun way. Laughter is a language we can all understand, and with laughter, we can meet and have fun regardless of culture and background.



Non ethnic sparkling water

Tuesday 3rd July from 17:30 to 20:00

“NyDanskVand” is a fun twist on the theme of being a non-ethnic Dane (nydansk). “Danskvand” means sparkling water.

“NyDanskVand” will be launched on the stage in Poor City. Before the launch, the team behind this new fizzy drink have asked festival guests via Facebook what the flavour of “NyDanskVand” should be. On stage, there will be a soft drink laboratory/soft drink factory, HVAD SYNES DU?testing all the different flavours, and a winner will be announced.


The two varieties of “NyDanskVand” will be sold at the festival, but can be sampled in Poor City during the event.

“NyDanskVand” is a pro bono project for Danish Red Cross initiated by the design duo Surplus Wonder. The project was launched in cooperation with Lundholm Experience Strategy and the chefs from I'm a Kombo.

As a refreshing comment on the Danish asylum debate, six asylum seekers have reinvented sparkling water to update it to the realities of 2012. The flavour of “NyDanskVand” comes from the asylum seekers' everyday life, which is characterised by uncertainty and the hope for a future as a non-ethnic Dane.

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