Social responsibility is about ethical and social issues: about diversity, safety, justice, and equal opportunities for people.

Roskilde Festival has a special responsibility to strengthen youth life and the next generations. With over 100,000 participants in the festival city with an average age of 24 years, we also have a size that obligates us.

We strive to engage in taking a stance and promoting positive changes in ourselves and in the cultural sphere on current issues.

Our efforts are often based on activities at the festival itself and with an ambition that they also make a difference in the surrounding world.

Below you can read about some of our initiatives that focus on diversity, safety, and other social issues.

New theme: UTOPIA

Roskilde Festival is a meeting place for thousands of young voices and opinions. As a youth cultural gathering place, we see the festival as a platform for young enthusiasts and activists who want to engage in making a difference.

We see the festival city as an amplifier of voices that often have difficulty being heard elsewhere in society.

In 2023 and in the coming years, we will particularly focus on how we can inspire and strengthen the ability to imagine - and thereby create - a better future. We call it UTOPIA. Because we believe that the idea of the best possible future is a prerequisite for creating the turning point that is needed.

UTOPIA is an approach that frames the content of the program, the food, the way we build and design our festival city - and the way we interact in the festival's communities.

Donations: Giving life to young dreams

We donate all financial proceeds to charity and public-interest purposes. Since the 1970s, the festival has donated more than DKK 429 million.

Our donations should act as catalysts for children and young people's engagement. The donations should push for young people's influence and new ideas for a more sustainable world, both environmentally, socially, and culturally.

When we select donation purposes, we prioritize voluntarism, diverse communities, and interdisciplinary forms of cooperation. We want to amplify the significance of art in communities and the next genereations of activists and artists

In the years 2022-2025, we are particularly focusing on children and young people in vulnerable life situations and the potential of art to promote well-being.

Diversity and equality

As one of Denmark's largest gathering places for youth culture, we help set the framework for what sustainable communities are and can be. Therefore, we have developed a plan for increasing diversity and equality.

By 2025, we have set specific goals for our work on social sustainability and have identified three focus areas: diversity, behavior, and well-being.

The purpose of the plan is to create open and inviting communities and ensure social cohesion through actions and activities. The work also addresses the interconnections between environmental, social, and artistic aspects of an increased focus on diversity and equality.

Action Plan for Alcohol Culture

Danish youth's alcohol consumption has increased since 2016, and young people in Denmark top the charts in drinking compared to young people in other European countries.

Alcohol consumption and party culture are significant aspects of a youth culture festival like Roskilde Festival. We take our role as host and organizer seriously in relation to young people's experiences with side effects and exclusion in connection with alcohol consumption.

We have a particular obligation to create awareness about balanced alcohol consumption so that participants experience an open and diverse culture where one can participate without drinking alcohol.

We have therefore developed an action plan on alcohol culture, the purpose of which is to create a safe, reflective and open community through a balanced and responsible alcohol culture.


Roskilde Festival aims to be accessible to everyone who loves our festival culture and communities. Some people experience festival culture and crowded spaces as physical and psychological barriers, while others may experience identity or cultural limitations.

Therefore, we are constantly working to reduce barriers to participation and increase the experience of both physical and mental accessibility at the festival site.

Respect and Responsibility

We engage the festival's guests and volunteers in dialogue, and campaigns about the special community between the more than 100,000 residents of the festival city.

Our experience is that there can be a lack of well-being and dilemmas in the encounter between partying and respect. This is a challenge that we share with other organizers.  

Therefore, we have developed the initiative Orange Together, which is about respecting other people's boundaries by taking care of the festival's special community. Orange Together has focused on sexually intrusive behavior, as well as positive manners, behavior at concerts and parties, and climate-friendly actions.

Our ambition has been to inspire participants to set standards for socially acceptable and respectful behavior both at the festival and in their surroundings.

Developing Volunteerism

Approximately 30,000 volunteers contribute to creating Roskilde Festival. They keep the wheels turning in the festival city and together they form the unique community that many associate with Roskilde Festival. All volunteers contribute to Roskilde Festival's ability to donate all proceeds to charity after the festival.

Our long-standing volunteer foundation can also be used to develop new knowledge about volunteerism in civil society. Therefore, we collaborate with other organizations on research and investigations of volunteerism and the driving forces behind the engagement.