Roskilde 2015: Not all about the music!

Providing you were sober enough, there were plenty of things to do ahead of the concerts

This year saw the emergence of FoodJam, a centre where festival-goers could cook their own meal, choosing from ingredients that were mostly organic. For only 50kr, they had a choice of a salad, stir-fry, casserole, an omelette or more, along with dessert straight from Wimbledon: strawberries with Icelandic yogurt or whipped cream and a hint of mint.

Human Library:
Located in the Art Zone, visitors are encouraged to talk to a human book. The idea of the project, which has existed since 2000, is to encourage dialogue in order to promote issues like diversity and tolerance, and also to reduce prejudice.

Silent Dinner:
During the first half of the festival, many had the opportunity to participate in a silent dinner. They are invited to: ‘eat with a stranger without saying a word.’ They could only communicate by using flash cards. It was a sensorial experience for everyone that attended.

Art in a box:
Artist Nanna Francisca Shöttländers sat in a glass box in Dream City for 69 hours where she lived, slept, ate and relieved by while festival-goers passed through and ask her questions by writing them on the glass. The idea behind this art expression was to give the viewers an opportunity to watch “a real, vulnerable and non-manipulated body scene”.

Sound Tasting:
An experiment in how sound can affect taste. The guests wore headphones while consuming samples, and some were clearly surprised by the effects.

for creative souls:
There was space also for creative souls. Maker had workshops where you could make your own furniture or just design some cool t-shirts and flags for your camp.

No cheating!
The Roskilde Festival wants 90 percent of its food stalls to be organic by 2017, but the jury’s still out on whether it hit its 2015 target of 45 percent.  “If you want to cheat you can always cheat, but we are trying to do it as a common thought movement, where everyone wants it because they know it’s the right choice,” an organiser told the Weekly Post. (EN)

No wastage!
Given the consumption of around 700,000 kilos of food, 16,000 kilos of mayonnaise, 1 million litres of beers and there is definitely a lot of waste too, which is where ‘Det runde bord’ came in handy, redistributing unwanted food to refugee camps and homeless shelters.

No mess!
Among the weird and wacky camps this year was ’Clean out loud’, an initiative in camp E, in which campers are motivated to pick up rubbish in return for a place in the festival’s cleanest camp next year. “Every year we get more and more applicants, as people get a taste of being in the clean area and want to work for it,” explained the camp’s leaders.