Camilla is 21 and lives in Copenhagen. It is her fourth year coming to Roskilde. She is here mostly for the atmosphere, although of course she enjoys the music as well.

When I ask her what three words remind her of Roskilde, she takes a long time to answer. She finally decides "It has to be happiness, lovability, and addictiveness."

Her happiest memory from Roskilde happened last year: "Three of my friends and I had just gone to a reggae concert late at night, and after the concert we sat outside and enjoyed the summer night. Suddenly, the artist who had just performed came up to us and joined out little get-together. He was really nice in person and it was great to meet him off-stage."

Finally, I ask Camilla what Europe means to her: "Obviously, it is my home and a wonderful continent, but I do not feel like I have more of a connection to other Europeans than I do with people from the rest of the world."

Juliane Schmeltzer Dybkjær is an accredited reporter for E&M at Roskilde Festival 2011.

Thursday, 30 June 2011 10:14

Roskilde: Game City

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Roskilde Festival is buzzing with activity today. Different areas, or 'agoras', as they are called here, present different types of activity - from reggae infused chill out at the bathing lake to some social awareness activities in the east of the city. I spent the day on a lighter note - in the Game City over in the western part of the Roskilde.

Here, are all kinds of games are being played. You can join a chair dance, otherwise known as musical chairs, where there's always one less chair than people and if the music stops, you have to sit dow. If you are the unlucky one to not get a chair, you are eliminated. This children's game results in a dramatic and thrilling finale with only two people creeping around one chair and all the other contestants cheering them on.


Anna is 30 years old and part Polish, part Welsh. She has been to Roskilde Festival once before, in 1999.

When asked what matters most at Roskilde - the music or the atmosphere - she answered: "Both are very important to me, although I have to say the music is a bit more important than the atmosphere."

I asked Anna to describe Roskilde Festival in three words - she came up with the very poetic "wildness, borderlessness and enjoyment."

She also told me about her favourite memory from Roskilde, which turned out to be a very fresh one: "This morning as I was returning to my camp after a night shift here at the festival, the view was just beautiful. You could see the sunrise on the horizon, but the moon was still up. Even though it was late at night or very early morning, people were still up and were partying. One camp were listening to some very loud African jungle music and dancing around. The atmosphere was wonderful."

Juliane Schmeltzer Dybkjær is an accredited reporter for E&M at Roskilde Festival 2011.

Once a year, a large field on the outskirts of Roskilde fills with 110,000 temporary inhabitants, equivalent to becoming the fifth largest city in Denmark. The population density is five times higher than in Shanghai, with most people living in small camps consisting of tents and pavillions. From a distance, you might be led to think that this is a refugee camp - that is, until you hear the music and see the happy faces of people celebrating the fact that they are at one of the largest festivals in Europe. Let me take you on a tour of this remarkable city - one of my favourite places and perhaps one of the happiest cities in Europe! 

The conditions are very basic and might seem scary to some people. Last year, each festival guest had to share a toilet with over 200 people, you live in a tent, you have none of the comforts that you do at home - and let's face it: you'd be lucky to be able to brush your teeth in the morning!

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