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Grobund Byggefest

Grobund Construction festival

I’m going to give a workshop how to make a balafon frame during the ‘Grubund Byggefest’! on the coast of Denmark not far from Aarhus. It is a small-scale festival that focuses on creativity and will be held from 15 to 20 July. My love Karin is learning the Danish language and we thought it would be fun to do something active during our vacation where we could have a lot of contact with Danish people. In our search on the internet we came across this festival where, in addition to the music in the evening and during the day, all kinds of construction projects can be worked on. I asked the organizers of the Festival if I could do a workshop in which I make 2 frames for balafons. I’m going to work on two frames in teams with two or three people. Hereby I bring two sets of keys and calabashes from the Netherlands to bind to  in the frames. In that way I can make two nice balafones on the spot. One of them will get a place in the music center of the Grobund community. This is an initiative that is building a sustainable, waste-free and debt-free community. This ‘Grobund Byggefest’ is also being held at the location where their ‘eco-village’ started. Of cours I will take a few small balafons for workshops as well.

Translation part of the Danish website:

Grobund Byggfest a festival that focuses on creativity! By creating, building and learning with the head and hands, we create frameworks for, intercultural encounters, diversity, cooperation, celebration and colors. The Grobund Building Festival is like an amusement park with building attractions instead of roller coasters! We are looking for building materials, tools and help for every construction site or offer the opportunity to participate in a larger project that is organized by experienced builders. We offer activities and construction projects in which both children and adults can participate. You do not need any craft experience and you decide how much you want to build and how much you want to enjoy. You can also participate in common food, workshops, lectures and concerts.

Everyone is a co-creator at the festival

Grobund building festival is a co-creating festival, in the community prices the voluntary practical tasks are greatly appreciated and divided. Work in the bar / Help in the kitchen / Dishwashing aid / Check toilets / Check waste bins / manage / Clean building site / Clean up clutter. Here you turn on the wheel of fortune of the festival, which ends up in one of the above tasks. You can arrange the task alone or with your friends. We look forward to creating the coolest festival together with you

Grobund Byggefest

‘10% of the festival’s budget goes to sustainable initiatives, locally and globally’

What does the entrance cost?

A six-day passe partout for the Grobund Building Festival costs DKK 500. (€ 67, -). A day ticket for the Grobund Building Festival costs DKK 175. (€ 23.50) Of course there is also a passe partout for the small builders of 250 kr. The little ones come in for free. You can buy food tickets for all meals, along with his ticket. The food is vegetarian / vegan. Breakfast – 30 kr. / Breakfast – 40 kr / Dinner – 50 kr

Where is the festival?

Address: Kaarsbergvej 2, 8400 Ebeltoft. The festival is located in an idyllic setting on the beach at the nose of Djursland, 4 km south of Ebeltoft, in the middle of Denmark.


Especially for the Grobund Building Festival there is a camping site for tents at 20 meters from the beach. If you come with a caravan, houseboat or something similar, please contact the organizers in advance.

What do I have to bring along?

Tent, sleeping bag, mattress, Work clothes and shoes, Sunscreen and mosquito repellent, Cash / credit card / mobilepay, Your own tool if you want, There is a limited tool for loans

The festival offers free:

Loan of common tools, drills, cutters, jigsaws. In addition, there is the possibility (under supervision) to use a chainsaw, sawmill, drill, etc., building materials, construction ideas, music, workshops.


Kitchen and bar / Handwash stations / Home-made toilets / Delicious beach and seawaterThe kitchen offers: Breakfast (8-11 am) / Breakfast (13-15) / Dinner (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm) It is possible to order vegetarian food to buy. Unfortunately, we do not have the means to cook, taking into account vegans or allergies. The bar (08-02) offers: beer / water / drinks / shots. In addition, coffee, cake, ice cream, toast and nachos NB! These opening times for the kitchen and bar are approximately times!

Who controls the construction projects?

It is not always a competent, professional supervisor who manages the construction projects. They can also be enterprising co-creators like you who can stand before them. NB! The construction projects and other activities of the festival are at your own risk. If the accident is over, the festival has a team of Samaritans ready to help.

Who is behind the festival?

The Grobund association is the voluntary association behind the festival. The aim of the association is to initiate initiatives that work with waste-free, debt-free, off-grid construction and green entrepreneurship. Read more and become a member of Do you want to participate as a volunteer, conduct a workshop or attend a workshop? Write to

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