Ungdommens Folkemøde brings together the Danish youth between 15-25 years for an open festival about democracy where young people can dream, interfere in the debate, be inspired and tell what the youth can and wants. From 6th to 8th. September 2018 in Valbypark, there was about 35,000 young participants.
Dreams, frustrations, attitudes, ideas
Danish youth are world champions in skills in social, political and democratic conditions. They want to vote and educate themselves, but to a much lesser degree than other young people around the world, they are interested in participating in active community engagement. Ungdommens Folkemøde is a platform that allows Danish youth to want to move into the part of democracy that exists outside the voting booth.
To strengthen the democratic self-confidence of Danish youth, it is necessary for the dreams of the youth, frustrations, attitudes and ideas to be listened to. That is why we gather a wealth of interest groups, grassroots, politicians, decision makers and business representatives for dialogue at eye level with young people and for mutual inspiration. The dialogue takes place partly in the venues and partly in workshops where organizations facilitate workshops with larger groups of young people who jointly design socially relevant issues and prepare solutions. At the same time, opinion-makers and youngsters on the scenes will provoke, inspire and put new thoughts into play with the participants, and activities around the site will encounter youth among themselves. The goal is to get an even more community-minded generation, conscious of its responsibility and taking the world on its shoulders. Denmark must inspire the rest of the world to take the voice of the youth seriously!
The volunteers are at the forefront
Behind Ungdommens Folkemøde is Ungdomsbureauet, which is a non-profit organization, that engages and supports young people’s participation in the social debate. Ungdomsbureauet was born out of frustration that young people’s experiences, feelings, dreams, hopes, visions are all too often reduced to a statistic or amount in a budget when subjects about youth are debated in public.
But in addition to Ungdomsbureauet, Ungdommens Folkemøde is largely created and driven by volunteers – both volunteers who working all year and volunteers who attend only in the meeting. The most important thing about being voluntary at Ungdommens Folkemøde is the commitment. It is crucial that the volunteers find a joy in creating a platform where all young people can feel represented. Both the actual Ungdommens Folkemøde and the process are carried by the desire to make their opinions and their person in place. And so, it should be. Because that is the core of our stated goal that we will engage more more.
Nikolaj Falkenberg-Klok Ungdommens Folkemøde