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Roskilde Festival: The orange feeling

October 26, 2022
CHRISTINA BILDE, HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, ROSKILDE FESTIVAL

As the epicentre for Danish and international music, art and culture, Roskilde Festival is Northern Europe’s largest festival. Every year the festival demonstrates how experimentation, volunteer work and strong values of sustainability and equality can come together to create a space where even crowd-control is based on trust.

Roskilde Festival as a test lab for green solutions

From the end of June into the first week of July, Roskilde Festival constitutes Denmark’s fourth largest city, which is established and taken down again every year. It is an experimental space for art, sustainability, cultural projects, new ways of creating community and addressing societal issues. A free space where young people explore new perspectives based on art and creativity. And a real-time innovation lab for testing out new products and ideas.

"Roskilde Festival is an amalgam of music, art, food, community and sustainability projects. And a very concrete job of building what constitutes Denmark’s fourth largest city and dismantling it again once a year. One of the next big themes for us will be circularity."

CHRISTINA BILDE, HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, ROSKILDE FESTIVAL

Roskilde Festival has for years had a cooperation with DTU (The Technical University of Denmark) talented teams of students develop new and sustainable solutions and test them in the rough environment that a festival is. This has led to several successful start-ups and products such as DropBucket, making more sustainable waste management Volt mobile charging and PeeFence waterless urinals which have all grown out of Roskilde Festival. It demonstrates the festivals’ role as an experimental space where youth culture and sustainability issues mix and through creativity results in new products and businesses as well as a heightened awareness around the issues and an idea of creating something, not solely for one’s own sake, but for the sake of the community and the environment.

Other examples of sustainability-oriented experimental cooperation projects at Roskilde Festival:

  • Collaboration project with Carlsberg Breweries on a ‘circular lab’ to develop new circular solutions to reduce waste and promote recycling.
  • Dream City: a designated area where young people ‘can bring anything they want and build anything they want – as long as they take everything with them again’ and that what they build circles around community and sustainability.
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About Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival is Northern Europe’s largest festival. It is an epicentre for Danish and international music, art and culture. The festival demonstrates how experimentation, volunteer work and strong values of sustainability and equality can come together to create a space where even crowd-control is based on trust. In that way, it is a microcosmos of what Danish creative culture is all about. Most of the manpower is supplied by volunteers and the profits are donated to culture and charities. This creates a special atmosphere and makes for a very unique festival experience for festivalgoers, volunteers and artists alike.

Fun Facts about Roskilde Festival

  • The festival's iconic main stage, known for its characteristic shape and orange colour that has come to symbolise the festival.
  • Capacity about 60,000.
  • The original Orange Stage was first used in 1978. The current version is from 2001 and roughly 33 % bigger than the original.
  • The original tent was designed for The Rolling Stones' summer tour in 1976 after which the festival bought it in 1978. This means the Orange Stage celebrates its 41st birthday this year.
  • The canopy weighs 3.5 tonnes. It's 67 metres wide, 43 metres deep and 20 metres tall. The front arch is 32 metres wide.
  • It takes two weeks for about 120 volunteers to build the Orange Stage area. It takes four days to take it down.

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