Festival om natur & videnskab
Celebrating the nature of nature

About Bloom

Bloom is innovative festival that helps us reflect on nature, science, and ourselves.

Bloom 2021 takes place on May 29th–30th and is free to attend.

Located in the beautiful and historic park of Søndermarken in Copenhagen, Bloom blossoms with sensory, experimental and thought-provoking experiences every spring, all with science at its heart. Bloom engages the season and turns one of the city’s green lungs into a site of contemplation and new realisations.

I enjoyed the Bloom festival. I think the idea of Bloom is wonderful, and much needed. I was honored to have been invited

Daniel Lieberman, Harvard Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology

By uniting the best from the festival sphere and the world of science, Bloom tackles life’s great questions, inviting its audience to take part in two days of debates, talks, ideas, and walks under the open sky. Bloom presents some of the brightest researchers, scientists, philosophers, thinkers, and artists of our time. Everything takes place in a participative, recreational, and sensory setting, where concerts, food, art installations, an open laboratory, and other breathing spaces seduce and captivate.

Bloom is the dream of a new enlightenment and education ideal, in which the understanding of nature and science once again plays an indispensable part in society and for the people who inhabit it; it is the dream that we understand and prioritise nature’s utility value as well as its aesthetic value and diversity, its rational processes as well as its poetic dimensions.

Science writer Carl Zimmer (left) in conversation with evolutionary geneticist Eske Willerslev (right) on the topic of ancient DNA at Bloom 2019.
Science writer Carl Zimmer (left) in conversation with evolutionary geneticist Eske Willerslev (right) on the topic of ancient DNA at Bloom 2019.

TALKS
Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs? Do trees have feelings? How can we be better at thinking logically in everyday life? Can thoughts and consciousness be expressed in mathematical formulas? What is it like to be a bat? What can we learn by slowing down light?

New research, new discoveries, the world’s most ground-breaking scientific theories, and different ways of viewing nature will all unfold in talks and conversations with upcoming and leading researchers.

WALKS

Come outside and discover the sprouting spring. Feel the nature around you and learn from the ants, the hoverflies, the bees, the butterflies, the tulip tree, the beech, the oak tree, and the other flora and fauna in the park.

You can also hear about and follow in the footsteps of historical scientists, like H.C. Ørsted or Niels Bohr, who went on regular walks through this park to clear their heads.

MUSIC, LITERATURE & ART

Reset your brain and experience the green nooks of the park as they inflate with live music, poetry recitals, and art performances.

Previous years, we have presented new work by pioneering composer Louise Alenius, live research conducted by writer Kaspar Colling Nielsen, an installation by artist Lea Porsager, a new sound work by Jacob Kirkegaard etc.

Bloom is Denmark’s biggest ideas and science festival. Bloom was founded in 2015, and for the 3rd festival in 2019 Bloom presented more than 100 unique events and had 10,000 visitors during the two festival days.

Bloom is produced by the cultural organisation Golden Days in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen (Faculty of Science) and Roskilde Festival among others, and with support from the Carlsberg Foundation, which especially supports activities that benefit the community and are related to science.

With twenty-five years of experience in producing innovative festivals and knowledge activities, Golden Days is Denmark’s leading supplier of knowledge and culture. Golden Days runs a historical festival every September with more than two-hundred events spread across sixteen days, which is one of Copenhagen’s most visited festivals.

Headliners for previous festivals included Harvard Professor of Theoretical Physics Lisa Randall (US), Professor of Genetics at King’s College London Tim Spector (UK), Professor of Geology Minik Rosing (GL/DK), Professor of Paleoanthropology Donald Johanson (US), Professor of Genetics Eske Willerslev (DK), writer Jeff VanderMeer (US), and Science Journalist Carl Zimmer (US).