9th GO Group workshop in Roskilde – March 30 & 31

A legend turns 50 and it is the perfect timing for GO Group to finally go to Denmark. Roskilde Festival’s anniversary is a tribute to the youth activism and civic commitment that will pave the way for a better future. We are proud to be part of this celebration and happy to once again present our interactive, dedicated, open and communicative format known as the „GO Group workshop“ with international guests from all over Europe.

It’s time for the 9th international GO Group workshop in Roskilde. Register here

We kindly invite you to this 2-day seminar on March 30 and 31 2020 to one of the most important places of European festival history, hosted by Roskilde Festival. The 9th international GO Group workshop will ask the question „How can festivals make a difference?“ and focus on chances and challenges, achievements and potentials of festivals, initiatives and activists to play an positive role in shaping society.  

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We are putting the final touches to an exciting program featuring an extraordinary mix of inspiring keynotes, presentations and case studies combined with creative workshops, discussions, talks and networking events on three days. We are looking forward to speakers from major events as well as scientists, experts, activists and of course the young voices which are the audience, artists and festival organizers of tomorrow.

And since this year marks GO Group’s 10th anniversary as well, we cannot imagine a better occasion and place to celebrate this with you. In other words: this will be amazing!

The GO GROUP workshop is an event by GO GROUP. With the support of Green Music Initiative, Yourope – The European Festival Association. and Take A Stand.

GO Group Program for Roskilde:

Confirmed GO Group speakers (in alphabelical order):

  • Jacob Bilabel | GO Group & Green Music Initiative (GER)
  • Sofia Dahl | Roskilde Festival (DK)
  • Prof. Fabian Holt |Roskilde University (DK)
  • Anne Jensen | Hurricane Festival / FKP Scorpio (DK/GER)
  • Lasse Skovgaard Jensen | Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (DK)
  • Henrik Bondo Nielsen | Roskilde Festival (DK)
  • Birgitte Rasmussen | Technical University of Denmark (DTU) & Roskilde Festival (DK)
  • Holger Jan Schmidt | GO Group & Take A Stand (GER)
  • Prof. Özgehan Senyuva | Middle Eastern Technical University (TUR)
  • Linnéa Svensson | GreenerEvents Foundation (NO)
  • Emilie Torp | Ungdomsbureauet (Youth Office) (DK)
  • More speakers to be announced soon.

Sun 31 March 2019,

14.00h Afternoon Activity @ Ragnarock, Rabalderstræde 16, Musicon, 4000 Roskilde  

Join us for a tour through Denmarks museum for Pop, Rock and Youth culture. Ragnarock is a roller coaster ride through the colorful history of music as well as a journey to youth generations that through different times create their own culture, communicate globally through music and have a huge impact on society. GO Group Workshop participants receive a 50% discount. How cool is that?

19.00h GO Group get-together @ Café Korn, Skomagergade 42-44, 4000 Roskilde

As always we meet for a casual get-together on the pre-workshop evening at a nice location. This family run restaurant offers a menu containing of local and organic produce. This one is on everyone’s own expenses

Mon 30 & Tue 31 March 2020

„How can festival make a difference?“

Festivals are spaces where young people disengage from everyday life to enter a unique world. We have the oppotunity to engage festival participants in asking questions about our societies and come up with ideas for making a difference. At the same time, festivals have a responsibility in being large events and we can make a difference through the way we do festivals.

The workshop will entail various talks and workshops treating different methods and approaches festivals can take in making a difference. We will investigate the impact festival can have together with a young generation, on the local community and as a extraordinary experince.

It will include these sessions (with more to be added soon)

GO Group and festivals: We can make changes
Opening the 9th international GO group workshop and reflecting on both 50 years of Roskilde Festival and 10 years of Green Operations Europe. We want to set the tone fort wo inspirational days by pointing the spotlight on achievements, projects for change in progress and future goals. Be excited!

  • NN | Roskilde Festival (DK)
  • Jacob Bilabel | GO Group & Green Music Initiative (GER)
  • Holger Jan Schmidt | GO Group & Take a Stand (GER)

Young voices and youth activism
We invited Ungdomsbureauet, a youth organisation Roskilde Festival have work with to speak about how festivals and youth activism can benefit from working together. We are looking forward to their plenum speech which will be followed by an active workshop, where participant will discuss and develop how youth activism can be a part of their festival. 

  • Emilie Torp | Ungdomsbureauet (Youth Office) (DK)

Creating experiences for the audience of the future
Do we understand the next generation of festival audiences and does this audience think we understand them and their needs and expectations? Do the younger generations have different needs than the ones we already know? Do we understand the younger motivation and priorities or is there a need for changes? Do we meet their will to act and create? We have to talk about this, that’s why we will do it directly with them face to face!

  • Linnéa Svensson | GreenerEvents (NO)
  • Anne Jensen | Hurricane Festival / FKP Scorpio (DK/GER)

Festivals as a change maker in the local community and the world
Fabian Holt is a professor at Roskilde University and has made years of research about festivals as a platform for making changes in broader terms in society. We are excited to hear his research findings on Roskilde especially and festivals in general in a keynote called “Festival Worldview”.

  • Prof. Fabian Holt | Roskilde University (DK)

The learning dimension of festivals
Presentation and workshop on what our audience take home besides dirty clothes, a hangover and – hopefully – their tents. It is about the dimension of the events we have not spotted too closely yet. It’s about the capacity building of our audience and the change we cause. We will touch on concepts like learning mobility and talk about the chances and responsibility these incorporate for the festivals in a very interactive session.

  • Prof. Özgehan Senyuva | Middle Eastern Technical University (TUR)
  • Holger Jan Schmidt | GO Group & Take a Stand (GER)

Festivals: Scientific platforms, testing and developing sustainable futures
Members of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have closely worked together with Roskilde Festival. Groups of students have developed different sustainable solutions and tested them at the festival as a part of their program at university. We will be presented in broad term how festivals and universities can work together, followed by case specific presentations by some of the students and an active workshop with the participants facilitated by Lasse Skovgaard Jensenand the students. 

  • Lasse Skovgaard Jensen | Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (DK)
  • Birgitte Rasmussen | Technical University of Denmark (DTU) & Roskilde Festival (DK)
  • Henrik Bondo Nielsen | Roskilde Festival (DK)

Hosting culture – responsibility and effects of being a host
Sofia Dahl will speak about how to host a festival and how a hosting situation can create a festival culture – at Roskilde Festival as well as in live music more general. We are keen to explore our role and potentials in this interactive session.

  • Sofia Dahl | Roskilde Festival (DK)

The program includes several interactive and creative group workshops. Further program details and speakers to be announced soon.

Mon 30 March, 20h
The GO Group Dinner @
INSP!, Køgevej 6, 4000 Roskilde

The official workshop networking dinner is the secret star of the event. We will meet at a unique place with a special philosophy. Let’s follow up the day’s hot topics, get to know eachother more, start a friendship… everything can happen here! The dinner is kindly hosted by Yourope (the European Festival Association)

Registration Fee:

239€ regular price incl. all fees and lunch on both days.
189€ special rate for YOUROPE & FESTAS members only incl. all fees, and lunch on both days for

Hotel recommendations:

ZBC -Student Hotel | Maglegårdsvej | 4000 Roskilde | (600m to venue)

This is a basic but nice near by student hotel and our first option. We’re holding a restervation for a limited number of rooms for around 87€/night until Jan, 31th. Pls contact us directly

Other options:

Scandic Roskilde Park | Ved Ringen 2 | 4000 Roskilde | (500m to venue)     
Danhostel | Vindeboder 7 | 4000 Roskilde | (3 km to venue)       
B&B Hotel Roskilde | Langagervej 19 A | 4000 Roskilde | (4 km to venue)

See you all in Roskilde for a workshop we will never forget!