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The International People’s Festival

Join us as we invite you to meet the world on May 4th, 2024! Explore a day filled with engaging debates, enlightening lectures, and interactive workshops, all with a global perspective. Experience the rhythms of World Music, and enjoy a lively round of Drag Bingo. Our students will entice you with games and tastings straight from their home countries, offering a delicious and diverse culinary experience… and so much more!

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with the world around you. Mark your calendars for May 4th from 11.00 – 17.00 and join us for a day of discovery, fun, and community! It’s free to participate. No registration needed.

Take a look at the PROGRAM or read more at the Facebook event.

 

Activities

Get an overview of some of the activities happening here… So much to see, so much to do. Get ready for a day out of the ordinary!

Debate

The Power of Citizenship: A Debate on Global Responsibility

How do we empower individuals to become active and responsible global citizens? What steps can we take to create spaces for dialogue and positive change in our communities?

In this engaging discussion, we will explore whether young people are more focused on ceramics, expression, and identity than on social change. Is “Slacktivism” – the engagement in political or social causes primarily through minimal effort online actions – becoming the new form of activism?

Furthermore, we’ll delve into the role of activism in fostering positive change and peaceful co-existence. How can we ensure that activism leads to constructive outcomes and does not inadvertently fuel polarization and violence?

Finally, we’ll contemplate the relationship between meditation, inner peace, and democratic formation. How does the development of consciousness contribute to active citizenship?

Join us as we dive into these pressing topics and engage in a meaningful dialogue about the future we want to create together.

Participants in the Debate:

Clement Kjærsgård

Clement Kjærsgård is one of the most popular speakers and moderators in Denmark. Clement has worked for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation since 2004, anchoring various TV-shows, including the flagship current affairs show Debatten”. 

Uffe Elbæk

Uffe Elbæk is a renowned Danish politician, cultural entrepreneur, and activist. He is the founder of the Danish political party “Alternativet” and a vocal advocate for sustainability, creativity, and social innovation.  

Christian Holst Vigilius

Christian Holst Vigilius is the National chairman of Conservative Youth. Christian’s interests revolve around political philosophy and value politics, and he writes regularly for several different media, including ‘Information’ and ‘Critique’.

Garba Diallo

Garba Diallo is the Founder of Crossing Borders – a nonprofit civil society organisation whose mission is to create impartial dialogue space for socially minded youth who want to build the society they would like to live in.

Ole Blenkov

Ole Blenkov is the Principal at The Folk High School for Development of Consciousness – a school which values are expressed through a fully enlightened individual, physically, mentally and socially, a self-realized human being. 

Laura Krarup Frandsen

Laura Krarup Frandsen is a climate justice campaigner and activist. Laura has a Master of Arts in Womenswear fashion from Royal College of Art, London and has been active in the climate campaign ‘Nødbremsen’.   

Talk – Anders Ladekarl

Humanity and Social Responsibility in War and Conflict

In this important session, we will explore the vital role of humanity and social responsibility in times of war and conflict. Anders Ladekarl, Secretary General of the Danish Red Cross, will lead the conversation, sharing insights from his extensive experience in humanitarian work.

As we navigate through complex global challenges, it is crucial to discuss how we can uphold human rights, provide aid to those in need, and promote peace in conflict zones. This session will delve into the principles of humanitarianism, the challenges faced by humanitarian organizations, and the ways in which individuals and communities can contribute to positive change.

About Anders Ladekarl:

Anders Ladekarl is the Secretary General of the Danish Red Cross. He was initially employed as the Secretary General of the Danish Youth Council when he graduated, but in 1994, he joined the Danish Refugee Council as the head of the organization’s international department. In 2002, he became the International Director of the Danish Red Cross and has been serving as the Secretary General since 2018. With a background in humanitarian aid and international development, Anders brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the talk.

Fællessang with Søren Launbjerg

Experience the joy of community singing (fællessang) with the former IPC principal and talented musician Søren Launbjerg. Gather around as Søren leads us in singing beloved Danish songs and international classics. Let the melodies fill the air and unite us in a moment of shared celebration.

Søren Launbjerg’s voice and musical expertise will create an unforgettable atmosphere, bringing people of all backgrounds together through the universal language of music. Whether you’re a seasoned singer or simply love to join in song, this fællessang with Søren Launbjerg promises to be a heartwarming and uplifting experience for all.

About Søren Launbjerg:

Søren Launbjerg is a renowned Danish singer, actor, composer, and lyricist with a passion for connecting people through music. He has participated in several musicals, for example, he had leading roles in “Atlantis” at Østre Gasværk in 1994 and in “Miss Saigon” in 1996. In 1998, he performed in “The Black Rider” at Betty Nansen Teatret. He has lent his voice to several Disney animated films – for example, as Aladdin. From January 2009 to January 2024, he was the principal at The International Folk High School in Helsingør. Søren is the program coordinator at our summer course “Den danske sangskat”.

Talk – Uffe Elbæk

Doubt, Hope, and Action: The Need for a Friendly Revolution

In this captivating talk, Uffe Elbæk will delve into the essence of doubt, hope, and the power of taking action. As we navigate a world filled with uncertainty and challenges, Uffe will explore the importance of questioning the status quo, nurturing hope for a better future, and the imperative of engaging in meaningful action.

Drawing from his vast experience in politics, culture, and activism, Uffe will share insights on how we can ignite change through a “Friendly Revolution.” Discover how small acts of kindness, compassion, and courage can ripple into transformative movements that shape our world for the better.

Whether you are seeking inspiration for personal growth, social change, or simply looking to expand your horizons, this talk promises to be a thought-provoking journey into the heart of positive transformation.

About Uffe Elbæk:

Uffe Elbæk is a renowned Danish politician, cultural entrepreneur, and activist. He is the founder of the Danish political party “Alternativet” (The Alternative) and has been a vocal advocate for sustainability, creativity, and social innovation. Uffe brings a wealth of wisdom and vision to the conversation, inspiring audiences to embrace doubt, cultivate hope, and take action towards a brighter future.

Drag Bingo Extravaganza!

Join us for an unforgettable game of Drag Bingo! Hosted by our fabulous drag queens and kings, this is not your typical bingo game. During a theme week in March students have learned how to perform in drag – and here is your chance to experience them perform as they hosts a game of bingo.

Get ready for glitter, glamour, and good times as we combine the excitement of bingo with the flair of drag performances, and get plenty of opportunities to shout “Bingo!” and win different prices sponsored by the local shops in Elsinore. Whether you’re a seasoned bingo player or new to the game, everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

Concert – Azulejos

Like an echo of a journey from Spain to the Ottoman Empire and North Africa, Azulejos create a personal and unique version of Jewish traditional songs, whose roots are found in medieval Andalusia – be sure not to miss this unique experience!

Azulejos is a constellation of top professional musicians that breathes new life into dramatic and poetic songs from the Jewish folk tradition of ancient Andalusia. The songs are sung in Ladino, also known as “Judeo-Spanish”, and the trio’s original arrangements mirror the musicians’ backgrounds in jazz/folk. To the music is added a touch of Oriental and an echo of Flamenco.

Ladino music has proved a means of preserving the vibrant culture of the Sephardic Jews and the Ladino language, which is considered very endangered and is only spoken by an aging, last generation of Jews from the Balkans, Greece and Turkey. The lyrics tell stories of a life in exile through passionate, dramatic and quirky lyrics about among other things an evil sister, a human-like camel, the wrath of an orphan and unrequited love.

The band members have toured the world and their acknowledgements include several awards and nominations for the Danish Music Awards (both World and Jazz) and the awards Composer of the Year (DK) and The Danish Jazz Grammy.

Jael Nordbek Azoulay (DK): Vocals
Dalia Faitelson (ISR): Guitar, backing vocals and arrangements
Ayi Solomon (DK/GH): Percussion

Games and Fun from around the World

Our students from all over the world will show you games and activities from diverse cultures around the globe. From traditional board games to lively outdoor challenges, this is your chance to experience the joy and camaraderie of games played in different corners of the world.

Test your skills, learn new games, and connect with others in a playful and inclusive atmosphere. Our IPC students will guide you through the rules, share insights about the cultural significance of each game, and ensure that everyone has a fantastic time. Whether you’re competing in a friendly match, strategising with teammates, or simply enjoying the laughter and excitement, we promise an unforgettable experience for all ages.

African Drum and Dance with Sellasi Deworni

Join us for an electrifying workshop led by Sellasi Deworni, an accomplished percussionist and dancer from Africa. Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of African music as Sellasi guides you through dynamic drumming patterns and exhilarating dance moves. During this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of African drumming techniques, feel the infectious beats pulsating through your body, and discover the joy of movement in traditional African dance.

No experience is necessary – this workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to experienced dancers and drummers. Bring your enthusiasm and an open heart as we come together to celebrate the rhythm and spirit of Africa.

About Sellasi Deworni:

Sellasi Deworni is a highly skilled percussionist and dancer with deep roots in African culture. With years of experience performing and teaching across Denmark, and for more than a decade at IPC, Sellasi brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his workshops. His dynamic and engaging teaching style makes learning African drumming and dance both educational and incredibly fun.

Taste the world…

Buy food from different food stands representing different places around the world or discover an eclectic array of homemade snacks crafted with love and creativity by our international students. Whether you’re craving a savory snack or a sweet indulgence, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your appetite and tantalise your taste buds. Experience the joy of discovery as you explore students’ cultural heritage through food.

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Lounge and World Music

Escape the hustle and bustle of the festival grounds and unwind in our cozy lounge area, where you can kick back, sip on refreshing beverages, and enjoy the mesmerizing melodies of live world music. Whether you’re seeking a moment of relaxation or looking to groove to the rhythms of diverse cultures, our Lounge and World Music area offers the perfect setting to unwind and connect with the universal language of music

Concert – Basiru Suso

Basiru Suso is a professional musician. He was born in Gambia but raised in Mali. His family has been prominent in the field of Kora music in West Africa for many generations. Join us for a concert filled with fantastic rhythms and wonderful stories!

Reunion Weekend & The International People’s Festival

Experience the best of both worlds as The International People’s Festival is happening at the same time as the annual Reunion Weekend. Campus will be transformed into a hub of cultural exchange and reunion, filled with laughter, music, and the lively chatter of students from all over the world.

From the colorful festival to the nostalgic reunions of former students, the atmosphere will be brimming with joy and camaraderie. Engage in thought-provoking discussions, sample delicious international cuisine, groove to the rhythms of world music, and reconnect with old friends or make new ones.

This special occasion offers a unique opportunity to witness the vibrant diversity of the IPC community, where cultures blend seamlessly, and friendships transcend borders. Whether you’re an alumni returning for the Reunion Weekend or a festival-goer eager to join the festivities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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