What is a Democracy Festival?

Democracy Festivals are the platforms for a constructive political dialogue across opinions, age, gender and hierarchy where people come together each summer to discuss how to improve their countries. Civil society activists, entrepreneurs, government officials, ministers and people at large sit together and casually talk about how to make their country a better place for everybody.

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Democracy Festivals Criteria


Do you wish to become a member of the Democracy Festivals Network? The following criteria are the foundation of each Democracy Festival!

Free for everyone


Societal Benefit


Participatory Democracy




Focus on dialogue




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Where are Democracy Festivals?

The Democracy Festivals network has expanded in the Nordic-Baltic Sea and spreading out in the rest of Europe.    This year two festivals – in Belgium and in the Netherlands – have become new members of the Democracy Festivals network! 

Network of Democracy Festivals


Our locations




Diskusijų festivalis „Būtent!“

Democracy Festivals, Lithuania

Fundur Fólksins

Democracy Festivals, Iceland


Democracy Festivals, Sweden


Democracy Festivals, Finland

Sarunu festivāls LAMPA

Democracy Festivals, Latvia


Democracy Festivals, Denmark
Recent posts and news


Nordic Council of Ministers helps spread participatory democracy

June 18, 2018

Nordic Council of Ministers has granted Democracy Festivals funding to carry our project further for another year.

Our Partners

To rescue democracy, we should go outside. Real spaces, not digital ones, will fix our politics.

- Alex Pentland, Nautilus Magazine