In a time in need of new approaches to strengthening social cohesion and sense of community we can take comfort in the younger generation’s commitment and ability to act. It is with great joy and pride that we now announce the donation recipients of our most ambitious open call to date, Open Call: Young Voices.

15 million DKK, almost our profits in full, from Roskilde Festival 2019, will be given to projects giving young people a voice.

These two recipients are the first to be chosen. Both have the courage to make social change through art and culture - in each their end of the World. 

Art and activism

In the slum om zimbabwe capital Harare, young people are fighting poverty and political turmoil. Young people showing their unhappiness with the govermnent are often met by armed police. 

The Art of Slum Activism is the name of a project working to give young people of Zimbabwe better opportunities to express themselves and build communities and trust in the future. The project is all about creating a space where the young people through art and music can express their thoughts and messages and share them in exhibitions and concerts.  

Video: House of Arts Association

One of them, Endrige Chapani, says: 

"We now have a framework for overlooked artists like us. The music, we create today, is listened to by streets folks and politicians alike. Through music we can talk to everyone."

Behind the project are NGO Dreamtown and House of Arts Association, which is a network of young artists in Zimbabwe. The Arts of Slum Activism began as a pilot project in 2019 with support from Roskilde Festival. Now, the project receives 1 million DKK in donation from Open Call: Young Voices. 

Casper Chigema

Community across gender and age

In the south of Denmark, Svendborg, children and young people meet around skateboarding when Slip Festival takes places 18-24 May 2020. 


SLIP Festival ønsker at skabe et inkluderende miljø, hvor skaterne støtter og hjælper hinanden, og hvor der er plads til at fejle. Foto: Asbjørn Sand

Behind the event, held first time in 2019, are experienced skaters among others from the local skate association and Pushing Daisies, a group of young female skaters from Odense. 

The goal is to create an including community across gender, age and background. One focus especially is make space for girls and women in an environment which is traditionally male dominated. 

Skatemiljøet appellerer generelt til mange unge, der står udenfor traditionelle foreningsaktiviteter, og er kendt for at forene unge med forskellige baggrunde og interesser.

Roskilde Festival is non-profit

Every year, Roskilde Festival donates all profits to humanitarian, other charitable, non-profit and cultural work with a special focus on children and young people. Since 1972, the festival has generated more than DKK 420,000,000 (approx. EUR 56,400,000) for these purposes.

‘Young Voices’ is the most ambitious open call the festival has ever launched. 32 initiatives within arts, music, social change, environment and climate have received a total of DKK 15,000,000 (approx. EUR 2,000,000) of the festival’s profits from 2019.

The project began as a photo book portraiting skaters by photographer Asbjørn Sand. In close collaboration wíth art producer Therese Maria Gram and local art enthusiast Stine Kähler abandoned industry became the venue for an exhibition of the pictures from the book. 

This exhibition quickly and spontaneously became a skate festival. 

"I'm surprised by the creative power and the solidarity in the community. When you fall someone is there to get you back up", says Stine Kähler Madsen.  

By the end of the festival the ramps are moved to surrounding villages. SLIP Festival is constantly looking to create new communities around skateboarding. 

SLIP Festival receives a donation of 500.000 DKK