Roskilde Festival Højskole
The Roskilde Festival Højskole (High School) aims to further the ideals and values of the world-famous Roskilde Festival through courses in music, media, leadership, politics, art, architecture, and design. These ideals and values are very much influenced by the volunteer engagement, the humanistic focus and creative power that shape and characterize the event and the community of Roskilde Music Festival.
The Roskilde Festival Højskole is closely linked to the Roskilde Music Festival, which every year temporarily turns this small town on the outskirts of Copenhagen into the fourth-largest city in Denmark. The school is an example of the Danish system of folk high schools, which deliver a ‘non-formal adult education’ following the concept of lifelong learning. This system is based on the ideas of 19th-century Danish intellectual N.F.S. Grundtvig, who believed schools should educate their students to be active participants in society. Courses at Roskilde Festival Højskole last from 4 to 10 months, with students and teachers living together at the school to achieve total immersion in their education.
Architects: COBE, DK and MVRDV, NL
Photos: Ossip van Duivenbode and Rasmus Hjortshoj