Welcome to the
international children´s cultural summit

Children need arts
- global summit

How arts and culture create value
for children and society

8 – 9 May 2023 in Copenhagen

Practical information

Overall program

Dear Participant

We are very pleased to welcome you to the international Children Need Arts – Global Summit, 8 – 9 May 2023 in Copenhagen.

With the children’s culture summit 2023, we focus on how arts and culture in everyday life provide vision into the future, and how the arts fields as a means can strengthen the belief children and young people have in their own worth, potential and possibilities.

Fees for participation:
Delegate 8 – 9 May: DKK 2.490/EUR 335
Delegate day ticket 8 May: DKK 1.950/EUR 265
Delegate day ticket 9 May: DKK 1.150/EUR 155

You enrol for the summit by registering yourself under Order tickets in the menu.

Day 1
8 May 2023

The Royal Playhouse – The Royal Danish Theatre

08:15 – 09:15

Arrival & registration
Coffee/tea and morning bun

Artistic feature by young people in the foyer

09:30 – 09:40

Welcome, agenda and introduction by moderators Adam Holm, Lotte Thor and Anna Porse

09:40 – 09:55

Opening speech by (TBA)

09:55 – 10:00

A young person’s story – video presentation

10:00 – 10:15

Facts about lack of well-being and loneliness among society’s children and young people by international keynote speaker (TBA)

10:15 – 10:45

Learning, Arts, Belonging (LAB): A laboratory approach to arts education in schools incl. Q&A (5 min incl.)
Holly Bass, USA, National Director, Turnaround Arts, Washington

10:45 – 10:55

Musical feature by children and young people from The Children’s Home in Uummannaq, Greenland, students from The Music School in Thorshavn, The Faroe Islands, and music students from Denmark under the direction of Ron Alvarez, Sweden

10:55 – 11:15

Break – coffee/tea & fruit

11:15 – 11:55

The right to arts education – incl. Q&A
Gert Biesta, The Netherlands, Professor of Public Education at the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professor of Educational Theory and Pedagogy at the University of Edinburgh, UK

11:55 – 12:25

Arts for Young Audiences
Ståle Stenslie, Department director at the Norwegian National Agency for arts and culture for all children, Norway

12:25 – 13:25

Standing lunch with a selection of Aamann’s organic specialties incl. 1 water or beer

13:25 – 13:55

Everyone can sing – presentation 20. min. and 10 min. of singing Children’s choir on the stage, which also activates the audience

13:55 – 14:35

Future-making with Children: Why Arts matter – incl. Q&A 
Pamela Burnard, The United Kingdom, PhD, Professor of Arts, Creativities and Educations, University of Cambridge

14:35 – 14:55

Break – coffee/tea & cake

14:55 – 15:25

School – Finland’s largest Cultural Centre
Aleksi Valta, Finland, Executive Director, Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers

15:25 – 15:30

Summary by moderators

From 15:30

Transportation to the H.C. Andersen Castle, Tivoli

H.C. Andersen Castle, Tivoli

16:45 – 17:45

International networking event facilitated by Anna Porse
incl. a glass of sparkling wine, beer/water & salted snacks

The Tivoli Youth Guard stops by

Thanks for today and see you tomorrow for Day 2

Free admission ticket to Tivoli afterwards

Day 2
9 May 2023


08:00 – 08:50

Arrival & registration

Brass instrumentalists play from Axelborg’s tower

Morning coffee/tea, croissant & fruit

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome, agenda and introduction by moderators Adam Holm and Anna Porse

09:05 – 09:30

An enactive approach to habits
Kjeld Fredens, DK, brain researcher, physician and author

09:30 – 10:10

Topic: Case from Iceland – incl. Q&A 
Elfa Lilja Gísladóttir, head of ‘Arts for all’, Ministry of Education
Harpa Rut Hilmarsdóttir, project manager of children’s
culture in Reykjavik 
Kristín Valsdóttir, head of Department of Art Education 
Soffía Vagnsdóttir, head of primary and lower secondary schools in Reykjavik 

10:10 – 10:15

A young person’s story – video presentation

10:15 – 10:35

The Faroese music school model
Ólavur Olsen, Vice Principal

10:35 – 10:55

Break – coffee/tea & fruit

10:55 – 11:25

Topic: Case from Sweden & Greenland
by Ron Alvarez, founder & conductor, Dream Orchestra, Sweden

11:25 – 11:55

Creative processes through meetings with art and culture – for all children.

Thure Dan Petersen, Head of culture, leisure and tourism in Lejre municipality, and Sonja Eliassen, Project manager for Kumult

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch – restaurant Nimb incl. 1 water or beer

13:00 – 13:50

Action-orientated workshop facilitated by Anna Porse

13:50 – 14:05

Coffee/tea, cake and fruit

14:05 – 14:50

Debate forum moderated by Adam Holm with relevant businesspeople, politicians, cultural players, et al.

14:50 – 15:00

Conclusion and thanks for this time


We refer you to the 2 hotels below, which are located within walking distance from the sites where the summit will take place:
By using the links below, you are provided with a 10% discount, which is deducted from the normal standard price.

Remember to add breakfast yourself upon registration.

Book your hotel here:

Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade
Borgergade 9, 1300 København K

Use this link for a 10% discount >

Phoenix Copenhagen
Bredgade 37, 1260 København K

Use this link for a 10% discount >

Addresses of the sites where the summit takes place

The Royal Playhouse
Sankt Annæ Plads 36
1250 Copenhagen C

H.C. Andersen Castle
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 22
1553 Copenhagen C

Vesterbrogade 4 (across Tivoli main entrance)
1620 København V

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Meet, among others

Biesta (NL)

Professor at Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professor at the University of Edinburgh, UK

Pamela Burnard (UK)

Professor of Arts, Creativities and Educations, Cambridge University

Holly Bass (USA)

National Director, Turnaround Arts, Washington DC

Ståle Stenslie (NO)

Department director at the Culture Tank – The Cultural School Bag

Aleksi Valta

Executive Director Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers

Kjeld Fredens (DK)

MD, brain scientist and author

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