In April and May 2022 we will celebrate the one hundred years anniversary of International People’s College! A Danish Folk High School for students from all over the world. A peace-initiative from the wake of WW1, based on human values, and a stern belief that authentic cross-cultural meetings are essential for a more peaceful world.
To celebrate 100 years of promoting peace, International People’s College will host an International Peace Festival or “Internationalt Folkemøde” on 30th of April. The event is open and includes an array of activities. There will be Debates, Exhibitions, Workshops, NGO-Activities, Concerts, Theatre performances and a Peace Seminar. You can read more about the activities further down this page.
We are looking forward to welcoming people from all over the world to a celebration out of the ordinary.
Overview of the Celebrations
29th of April: Inauguration of the new IPC building and the UN-Hall (invitation only)
30th of April: International Peace Festival (public event)
7th of May: Internal Celebrations ‘Those We Were and Those We Are‘ (Alumni tickets and invitations)
We will update this page with more information over the coming weeks. You can also follow this event on Facebook to be updated on the activities taking place or to connect with people joining the anniversary.
And plenty more to come. The Seminar will start at 10:00 and the rest of The International Peace Festival will begin at 13:00.
Please see below for a selection of participants and activities at The International Peace Festival.
Jonas Poher Rasmussen is the director of Oscar-nominated film Flee (Flugt). An animated documentary that tells the extraordinary story of his friend Amin, and his journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.
He is also the grandson of Danish poet Halfdan Rasmussen who was a student at International People’s College.
The Middle East Peace Ensemble brings together hand-picked top level Middle Eastern musicians of different cultural and religious backgrounds. The result is a convincing and exciting musical melting pot of Middle Eastern sound. Building harmonious bridges across cultures in a joint hope for a peaceful future.
Adam & Jon journey through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, and have been enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean for over a decade. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift audiences of all ages.
International People’s College’s very own student choir will perform. There will also be band playing performances in different forms from our very talented students.
Local actor André Andersen performs the famous and much loved Danish children story by Ole Lund Kirkegaard as a solo-show. “Being little is tough. Our city is full of bullies and you never see them on the pictures. They always hide out because they are scared that someone might see them.”
Please note: This performance is in Danish
Teacher Selassi will guide even the most shy dancer to let loose and experience the joy of singing and dancing to the beat of Africa. It is an audiovisual and bodily expression of emotion, a recitation of history and a great celebration of tradition and value for all who participates.
And it’s fun!
International People’s College presents the fabulous and very famous Maestro Spinaaach. He will be paying the International Peace Festival a visit to entertain his followers and direct the crowds.
Come and see some of the amazing artworks our students have created over time. The walls are full of stories from all over the world. You will also get the chance to see some of the current students’ pieces and hear their stories.
On October 5th, 1967, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margrethe officially opened IPC’s new buildings which included the Common Room, Dining Hall, 34 double rooms, 33 single rooms, new classrooms, and the Big Hall.
During our 100 Year history, fashions may have come and gone, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our teachers’ passion for finding new ways to engage our students!
Pictured are August Henning (who taught at IPC for an incredible 35 years, from 1934-1969!) and Claus Staal IPC’s former Vice Principal.
Meet our passionate teachers.
Our Lecture Hall was once briefly occupied by the Nazis in 1945, but peace prevailed! A few short years later, in 1949, the Lecture Hall was the site of UNESCO’s first ever international conference on adult education. The Lecture Hall was built by our students in 1928; being an active member of the IPC community is an essential part of folk high school life!
What else does IPC life look like? Take a peek here: Life at IPC
Since opening in 1921, IPC has been the place to “Meet the World in Denmark” – a unique opportunity to study, live and make lifelong friends with others, usually from over 30 countries around the globe!
If you look closely at these photos, you can spot both the first ever principal (and founder) of IPC, Peter Manniche, and our current principal, Søren Launbjerg!