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“We often get three tips about the same policemen”

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By Morten Skov Madsen

A Facebook page that reports where the police is working at Roskilde Festival is experiencing growing pains. However, the police does not believe this page affects their work.

A plainclothes police officer patrolled area P yesterday morning, wearing a black jacket and dark brown shorts. A little later, three uniformed officers went for a stroll in G. And half an hour later, two officers patrolled by the South entrance.

At least according to some of yesterday’s updates on a Facebook page that talks about the police’s whereabouts on Roskilde Festival, using text and writing. The page would not function without tips from festivalgoers. As it turns out, the two men behind the page are not at Roskilde Festival, but in Copenhagen.

We think people should be allowed to smoke a joint. The legislation is put together in a grotesque way

“We get the tips from festivalgoers. We have been going really strong the last couple of days. We easily get ten tips – often more – in one day, from lots of different people. And we frequently get three tips about the same group of officers,” says Benjamin, an electrician from Copenhagen who is behind the page together with a friend.

They created the page before last year’s Roskilde Festival. 4,363 people ‘like’ the page at the time of writing. Around 550 of them have joined in the last month. According to Benjamin, the purpose of the page is “to allow people the time to hide their cannabis or move to a place where they can smoke undisturbed”. Additionally, he thinks the page helps document how many resources the police use to chase down drugs.

“Our focus is on cannabis. We think people should be allowed to smoke a joint. The legislation is put together in a grotesque way,” says Benjamin who also runs a different Facebook page that uncovers police in and around the Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, based on the same concept.

“He acknowledges that people who sell or use hard drugs or have other sinister plans can benefit from the updates on the page. But you cannot avoid that,” says Benjamin.

Police work not affected

In yesterday’s Orange Press, the Mid and West Zealand Police Department made it clear that there is zero tolerance for drugs at Roskilde Festival. However, the police takes the page in stride. Director of Communications Carsten Andersen says that he does not spot anything illegal about the page’s activities, and that he does not believe it affects the work of the police.

“But we don’t think it’s a good idea. We are at the festival to solve crimes and prevent people from doing drugs,” he adds.

Benjamin wishes to only have his first name in the article, but the editors know his full identity. Orange Press has elected not to write the name of the Facebook page.

“Rising is a return to the Roskilde Festival DNA from the 1970s”

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By Anine Fuglesang

Roskilde Festival is launching a village hall for committed, debate loving young people. Orange Press spoke to the programme coordinator, Kitte Wagner, about the ambitions for the project.

The area is bustling with last minute preparations before the opening of the Rising area Sunday morning and programme curator Kitte Wagner is on the phone, giving the last instructions. By the look in her eyes and the eagerness in her voice, you can sense that this is where her passions lie.

“What characterises Rising best is the attitudinal work, creative activism and interactive activities. During the past two years, Roskilde Festival has been focusing on the initiative Youth With Purpose, and we will continue the work this year. This is an integral part of the Roskilde Festival DNA since the 1970s, where art plays an important part of the youth movement, and we are continuing this work. This year, we’re going all in and are dedicating an entire area to the initiative,” Kitte Vagner explains.

Rising is the name of a new area at Roskilde Festival. An area with room for dreams, visions, debates and dialogue. An area created with a clear vision of motivating Roskilde Festival’s many young festival goers to participate in an ongoing debate about changing the future for the better. How can take responsibility and make a difference together?

“We say that we’re experiencing a generation gap today that has never been wider, and Roskilde Festival is therefore an obvious place to engage the young people in discussions about the future in formats that are entertaining as well as strange,” says Kitte Wagner.

A circle of solidarity

Writers, actors, and musicians. IT-professionals, bankers, and religious leaders. The events at Rising many creative and inspiring people, who are all ready to meet the young festivalgoers and to debate e.g. equality, sustainability and social inequality in the area’s mirror-clad tepees, in the conversational salons and via the big screens with a Skype connection.

“It is our experience that a voice is rising among the best young artists, which shows us there a wish to discuss the problems of the world, local as well as global. And we believe that there is yet again a need to sit in a circle and to find a fellowship and a dialogue; this is where our Dreamcatchers (two tee pees, ed.) are the obvious access points,” says Kitte Wagner.

She encourages everyone to turn up in Rising.

“You have to come and experience what it means to be part of taking responsibility for a better future, and there are no one better to do this than the festivalgoers. And if we manage to mobilise the thousands of young people we might even take over the Danish Parliament one day, and that is a beautiful vision,” says Kitte Wagner, laughing to herself by the thought.

Come along and see what’s going on!
Window to the world is Rising’s version of a village hall where the day begins with a conversational salon with 40 bankers, 40 IT people or 40 religious leaders who together with the festivalgoers will discuss subjects such as working life, surveillance and faith, while everybody enjoys a communal breakfast.

The event ends with a live interview in front of the stage or on the big screen via Skype. Here, among other things you can hear an interview with Barack Obama’s speech writer, Jonathan Favreau and the woman behind the controversial documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, Leslee Udwin.

As the sun sets, the documentary film festival CPH:DOX invites to first showings of the three movies ’Citizenfour’, ‘Banksy Does New York’ and ’The Emperors New Clothes.’ Check out the programme to learn more about the events on Rising.


Your piss becomes beer

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By Parastou Booyash

Donate your urine to the slurry tanks. Wait for it to become fertiliser, so that farmers can use it in the barley fields. Wait a little while longer for the harvest. And voila – your urine ends up in the beer. And we are going to drink it at the 2017 festival.

“I believe that my piss has a strong and excellent taste,” says Jonas from Germany. He, and his friend Nicklas, has held in their pee because they had to block a spot for the camp. And the urine tank was there enticing them so much that they didn’t even go to the fence to urinate. They were some of the very first festivalgoers to use the specially designed slurry tanks, but they won’t be the last. On Saturday, when the festival is over, Danish Agriculture and Food Council expects the collection of urine to reach 100,000 litres. That makes roughly 500 kilos of nitrogen, which can give up to a total of 715,000 bottles of beer.Menneskeurin behøver ikke renses

Human urine doesn’t need cleaning

If everything goes according to the plan, the urine will be approved by the authorities after having been stored in the tanks for four months. Then the fertiliser process and later brewing of the beer can begin. But why should our urine be used as fertiliser, and why have we not done this long since, if it is usable?

Thomas Hovgaard, who is running the project in Danish Agriculture and Food Council explains that the idea of using urine as fertiliser has been researched for about 15 years.

“We already use fertiliser from animals, but if we go back a couple of generations they used human waste as fertiliser. However, when sewage systems were introduced all waste became mixed and it has to be cleaned before it can be used, and that it too expensive. The urine the festivalgoers can deliver doesn’t need to be cleaned, because it goes directly into the tanks and human urine is extremely clean.”

Thomas Hovgaard rejects the idea that the un-purified festival urine will result in higher alcohol volume in the beer:

“Even if the festivalgoers are intoxicated, very small amounts will end up in the urine. And when the urine has been stored for up to six months most waste products are gone. So the beer will not have higher volume,” explains Thomas Hovgaard.

Beer with urine taste

The thought of urine in the beer is not exactly appetising to those delivering the precious drops. The next people to turn up at the urine tanks are Emil and Magnus from Vesterbro in Copenhagen and Hillerød, respectively:

“I don’t mind drinking beer that has been made with my own piss, but I wouldn’t enjoy it as much if it was only Emil’s piss,” says Magnus. Like the German festivalgoers, they are both enthusiastic about the idea, but they cannot promise that they will be peeing into the tanks every time they need a wee. Especially not in the morning, if the German urine donors could decide:

“But we have to come back in 2017 to see what our fertile piss really tastes like,” says Jonas.

The project

– The project has gone from idea to reality in just one year.
– 100,000 litres of piss will give the chance to brew between 572,000 -715,000 bottles of beer.
– A human being produces enough urine to grow 250 kilos of grain a year. That means that the Danish population makes enough pee to fertilise fields to produce 1.4m tonnes of grain.
– Today festival urine is a burden to the environment and to the sewerage system and to the sewerage treatment plant in Roskilde.
– The urine tanks are mainly designed for men, since the organisers’ experience is that women need more privacy when peeing. And those conditions are too expensive to construct around the slurry tanks.