GRASP became a living festival lab for new ideas

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The very first edition of the festival GRASP offered a wealth of knowledge exchange and culture across disciplines.
2021-11-22

Roskilde Festival's new, smart little sister presented everything from concerts and debates over sustainable food and drinks to art and installations.

GRASP brought together researchers, artists and practitioners to solve the great challenges of our time marked by a climate crisis and social inequality – in a sensuous festival format embracing both entertaining, educational and thought-provoking elements.

Over the course of three days, participants developed, debated and created together – in 88 different events spread across 12 venues in the creative district Musicon in Roskilde.

The first day was about urban development and artistic citizenship, the second day focused on diversity and gender in music, and the last day was about the sparkling cross field between art and science.

From ideas of degrowth to weaved manifesto
GRASP received approx. 2500 visitors who created an inquisitive and involved community at the venues around Musicon, in the exhibition rooms at Ragnarock and in Roskilde Cathedral.

The participants listened to and talked about the idea of degrowth from activist economist Giorgos Kallis, perspectives on virus spread by Lone Simonsen, the message about music as a social cornerstone by Shain Shapiro and narratives of the methodical cross field of science and art by SUPERFLEX – while the folk music from Dreamers' Circus, experimental pop by Efterklang and Lars Greve’s “Resonating Room” impacted all senses and stirred up both movement and physical community.

German artist group Soft Agency teamed up with students from Roskilde Festival Højskole and weaved a work as a manifesto of our time. Turning Tables’ showcase with young people from disadvantaged residential areas showed how art can play an active role. Young entrepreneurs lined up with new ideas and products for a better world. And between the many inputs, the participants could fill their stomachs with sustainable food from the urban farm Øens Have.

Thanks to everyone who helped create GRASP this first year. Thanks to everyone involved. Thanks to all visitors. Thanks to all the volunteers. Thanks to the partners.

See you again next year at GRASP!

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