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!

Sunday, 26 June 2011 13:24

ISSUE 13 Sneak Preview

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ISSUE 13 is coming! To celebrate our 3 year anniversary we've got a great issue lined up for you. Yes, E&M is 3 years old: bigger, better, and more European! Here's what the 1st of July has in store for you.... 

BRAIN - As the euro zone seems to be on the verge of collapse, we look back at the rise and fall of the Hanseatic League. From the 13th-17th century it was one of the most successful European alliances in history.

HEART - Are young Europeans likely to burn out in a paranoid struggle against the fear of losing their jobs? Who still wants to save the world? And what happened to the famous 'Spaßgesellschaft', the youngsters who lived for a life of parties and a nice, carefree life? Six young people tell us about their visions for the future. 

DIAPHRAGM - France, 1895. A cinema is filled with fear, adrenaline, and the pumping of blood as spectators sit down to see their very first moving picture... We discover how European film rose to glory!

BABY - Following on from last issue's focus on Skype sex, we continue looking at sex and the internet with a great article on gay online dating.

LEGS - Want to apply for a Postgraduate degree? Don't even consider it before you read our essential guide to taking on the 'Master's odyssey' including interviews with students from Oxford University, UK & Lund University, Sweden. 

And that's just the lead articles.... So come and celebrate E&M's third birthday from the 1st of July!! 

The E&M editors x

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