The School of Civic Action at Roskilde Festival is a ten-day long summer school hosted by public works with Roskilde Festival which explores ideas around temporary use and the making of the instant city. The school is conceived as a three-year long programme in the lead up to an international conference and publication in 2020 which will critically reflect on the wider discourse on temporary use and city making in the time of environmental and political crisis. This will also coincide with the 50th anniversary of the festival in 2020.

Under the theme of ‘Temporary Commons’ we will continue to explore how the festival encourages new ways of sharing, producing and governing our material and cultural resources collectively. Over a 10 day period, we will explore shared practices and concerns around the notion of temporary use and the growing commons movement set against the backdrop of Northern Europe’s largest annual music festival. We will explore the festival’s capacity to promote new forms of living and examine how temporality can be understood as a strength enabling us to gain new knowledges and methods to help us shape the way we live beyond the duration of the festival. What Utopias are on offer?

The Summer School will take place on the festival site in the week before doors open to the public, while the venues for Scandinavia’s largest temporary city are slowly being constructed around us. The school's engagement with Roskilde Festival 2019 will take place through a series of explorations which will run in parallel. Prototyping will engage directly with the fabrication of the festival through hands-on fabrication, Wasteographies will map material practices of waste of the festival and Performing Change will use performance as a way to read the festival as a ground for the commons. The workshop will be led by public works with researcher and architect Heidi Svenningsen Kajita, Ph.D. and contributions by Professor of Urban Studies David Pinder along with other visiting guest.

Participating students will work in three groups each exploring one of the themes. Reflective seminars, guest lectures, communal meals, and group discussions will allow us to share our experiences across the entire group and draw lines of thought between the different experiences.

Concluding the summer school, we will design and host a series of workshops which we will offer to the festival goers in the first three days of the festival. The result of the workshop will be captured in a contribution to a week-long programme hosted by The School of Civic Action at Tate Exchange in London in the week commencing the 22nd of July 2019.

We are offering 15 places for people to join us starting on the 24th of June and concluding on the 3rd July 2019. We will live at Roskilde festival where the summer school will run alongside the construction of the festival, culminating in the first three days of the festival before the music starts and the festival reaches its full capacity.

The invitation is open to all disciplines and backgrounds, professional or amateur. The Summer School is free of charge along with free tickets to the festival itself. In return we expect participants to be actively involved and become workshop hosts during the three days when the festival gets underway and opens its doors to the wider audience of festival goers. You will need to cover all your travel and food costs and provide your own camping equipment, insurances along with bike rental.

To apply please send no more than a 300-word proposal to public works laying out your specific interest in joining the Summer School, and if appropriate relevant samples of previous work (no more than 3 A4 pages), along with a short CV, 1 A4 sheet with key information about yourself.

Please send your application to
Deadline for application is 22 May 2019
Applicants will be notified on 27 May 2019


The School of Civic Action is a pedagogical experiment that tests situated modes of learning in support of civic city making while challenging traditional urban teaching and disciplinary restriction. The School of Civic Action maneuvers across disciplines that complement one another, implementing new ways of knowing and acting. Teaching and learning at the school is symbiotic; by situating its curriculum within live projects, it can mutually provide a support structure back to the local communities, the sites they occupy and for the individuals enrolled.

Roskilde Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe. Every year over 130,000 people come together to create Scandinavia's largest temporary city - more than 30,000 of them are volunteers. The festival is run by the Roskilde Charity Society, a non-profit organisation for development and support of youth culture and humanities. All proceeds from the festival are shared with charitable organisations and initiatives around the globe. In recent years Roskilde has increasingly been invited by municipalities across Denmark to consult on issues of temporary use helping to spread the learnings and applying them to the way we rethink our cities.
For 2019, Roskilde Festival has a thematic focus on Solidarity. With a particular focus on youth and communities.

public works is a non-profit critical design practice that occupies the terrain between art, architecture, and research. Working with an extended network of interdisciplinary collaborators, public works aims to re-work spatial, social and economic opportunities towards citizen-driven development and improved civic life. The practice, set up in 2004, uses a range of approaches, including public events, campaigns, the development of urban strategies and participatory art and architecture projects across all scales.