until Roskilde Festival 2015 - 27 June to 4 July

Focus creates debate. Debate creates action

This year festival guests will be able to sample life on the edge of society, and thereby change prejudice to a new position on the issue and take initiative to action. That is what we will be doing on this year’s festival, and that is what out guests will be doing in Poor City. Poor City is the physical part of the STATEMENT campaign. In Poor City we want to activate our guests and create interactive events surrounding young asylum seekers in the Nordic countries. Events creating change for the guests.

LOOK HERE! Don't miss out on all the exiting events in the Poor City area


In the Poor City area Roskilde Festival guests can visit different stands hosted by various NGO's during the warm-up days. Based on asylum seekers' circumstances in the Nordic countries, guests can participate in competitions, activities, or experience a lot of events from Sunday 1st July to Thursday 5th July.

Festival guests can visit the Trampoline House stand and get a free shave, a hair cut or a massage from young asylum seekers who are enrolled in education. They can also go to the VisAvis wall of articles, where new articles and stories about the asylum area will be posted each day. If you like challenges, you can go to DFUNK's head office and sign up for the huge labyrinth in Poor City, and maybe be interviewed in Ghettoblaster's radio show. Read more on the site for all the different collaborations, events and more, and check out the programme for the various events.




Sunday 1st July to Wednesday 4th July at 10:00-18:00.

On the run with DFUNK

DFUNK will send you on the run in a huge labyrinth. You will be smuggled in on the back of a truck, stand in an endless asylum queue in Greece and meet the Police – during the whole thing you must collect points for your asylum application. In the labyrinth, you will experience a tiny bit of the confusion and misconception refugees feel, and you will see that being on the run means not taking the direct route. Often, it is a journey riddled with unforeseen detours, blind alleys and coincidences.

When you have been on the run, you will get accommodation in the DFUNK head offices, where you will get the answer to your application. While you are waiting, you can look at the photo exhibition “ROUTEless?”, meet young asylum seekers, who are telling their story though pictures, about being young at an asylum centre in Denmark, and about their thoughts and dreams for the future.

DFUNK is Danish Refugee Council's youth network. They want to tell you about refugees and about asylum in the world, Europe and in Denmark.



The Red Cross

Sunday 1st July – Thursday 5th July at 8:30-11:00 Morning Asylum in the Poor City Restaurant.

The Red Cross are organising morning asylum in Poor City

In Poor City, lucky festival guests can get free breakfast. That is, if they get through the eye of the needle. The Red Cross will serve breakfast for the lucky, who make it through the STATEMENT campaign's asylum system. Festival guests will have to apply for asylum on equal terms with asylum seekers seeking asylum and residential permits and then have to wait for the decision. The guests who achieve asylum will get breakfast made by young asylum seekers, from asylum centre Avnstrup, with a chef.



Gjaestebud (banquet)

Sunday 1st July at 12:00: Sermon with Asser Skude on the stage in Poor City.

Every day from Sunday 1st July to Wednesday 4th July, workshops are held at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00.

Join the debate and go to Facebook to post your opinion. There is still time to cast your vote on the topic of Asser Skude's sermon at prayer on Sunday 1st July.


Evening asylum with food in the restaurant at 18:00.

Wednesday 4th July at 19:00: Closing event and a draw for the three winners of tickets to Roskilde Festival 2013.



Give a hand

Sunday 1st July to Wednesday 4th July from11.00 to18:15.

It is The Gunga Project's stated goal to use Capoeira in a wide range of social and cultural projects, with commitment and joy as the primary driving forces. They will work with the widest possible spectrum of people, because they want to use, display and test Capoeira’s enormous potential.

11:00 – 12:15: Capoeira session in Poor City

13:00 – 15:00: Event house

15:00 – 16:15: Capoeira session in Poor City

17:00 – 18:15: Capoeira session in Poor City

13:00 – 15:00: pop-up workshop on the camping area 20 minutes.



The Trampoline House

Sunday 1st July to Wednesday 4th July from 10:00 to 20:00.

-breaking the isolation and increasing the inclusion!

With the involvement in Poor City the Trampoline House puts focus on the poverty and the inequality asylum seekers experience by living in the asylum centres, isolated and excluded from society. The Trampoline House rests on the basic principles of learning, exchange, network and inclusion. In Poor City, the Trampoline House centre on a number of events and activities, where asylum seekers get to step out of the centres' isolation and, with the festival guests, meet across national, judicial, social and cultural boundaries. 

Therefore, As a festival guest, you have a unique opportunity to make a personal STATEMENT in the public debate on the asylum area, and to participate in an open and inclusive community, working for concrete changes to an inhumane and unjust asylum system.

In the Trampoline House stand everybody can take a break from camp life. You can either have your hair cut by an asylum seeker in Barbershoppen, have a massage or relax in the hangout zone, where you can see the art exhibition or have your portrait drawn.

Last, but not least, the Trampoline House offer lectures with asylum seekers, who can tell vivid stories about their experiences as refugees and asylum seekers in Denmark. Come by and participate in an open debate where dialogue takes centre stage.


Every day from 10:00 to 20:00: Hangout zone – come and have a cup of tea/coffee and talk about the conditions of asylum seekers.

Every day from 10:00 to 20:00: Hair dressers

Every day from 10:00 to 20:00: Massage

Every day from 10:00 to 18:00: Portrait drawing



Theatre Fluks

Sunday 1st July: Show at 18:00 and at 19:00

Monday 2nd July to Wednesday 4th July: shows at 16:00 and at 17:00

“Flygtning Transportable” (approx. Refugee moving)

-         forty minutes' theatre collage with two performers and fifteen spectators. Placed in the back of a large moving van, the story and the setting melts together.

In the attempt to understand the mindset of being on the run, two performers have gone on the hunt for news, statistics, interviews and their own experiences. It is an honest and personal story, showing that though you might not understand how it feels to be a refugee, you can still recognise the underlying emotions.




Sunday 1st July to Wednesday 4th July: The VisAvis wall is open around the clock.

Sunday 1st July to Wednesday 4th July: The VisAvis editorial office is open from 10:00 to 18:00

Sunday 1st July to Wednesday 4th July: The VisAvis video room is open from 12:00 to 20:00

The VisAvis video room and the VisAvis wall

VisAvis is a news magazine featuring asylum and migration. During the festival they invite all festival guests to come by their video room in Poor City, where you can lean back and watch very different films related to Poor City's theme.

Outside the video room, the editorial staff encourage guests to talk about the films and the experiences in Poor City. Everybody can join in to create the day's news wall. Contribute with opinions, thoughts and statements. Be interviewed or come by for a chat and at cup of coffee in the editorial office.

On the news wall, festival guests can read about the day's events, stories from the asylum system, letters to the editor, poems and see pictures, produced during the festival by the VisAvis editorial team.




Save the Children Youth Denmark

Sunday 1st July to Wednesday 4th July: Asylum game from 10:00 to 18:00

Can you become Danish?

See if you can become Danish, when Save the Children Youth Denmark guides you through the Asylum game at this year's Roskilde Festival. You and your tent buddies will go on a trip through Europe, have your communication skills tested, mime your dreams for the future and see which needs really matter – all in the attempt to get asylum and to become Danish. But only if you can convince your case worker! Save the Children Youth Denmark focuses on unaccompanied children seeking asylum, from 1st July to 4th July in the hours of 10:00 to 18:00 in Roskilde Festival's Poor City.


At the Danish asylum centres you can win AIAIAI headphones for yourself and tickets for the amusement park; Sommerland Sjælland, for the children, so be sure to swing by!


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