The Presidium

The presidium was the official body of the Reformation anniversary, responsible for establishing an overall framework for the content of its celebration, including sourcing information about activities internationally.

A successful celebration of the anniversary in Denmark dependend on the presidium’s ability to generate interest for the huge significance of the Reformation among researchers, educators, the media, artists, museums, and churches, etc., so they in turn could stimulate people’s curiosity about its legacy. Which means that the main task of the presidium was to inspire these cultural ‘torchbearers /catalysts’.

Given this, the overall goals of the presidium were to:

  • Support research themes that generate new knowledge about the Reformation of the 1500s and its impact on society, the church and culture up until today.
  • Establish a national survey of relevant research and publications.
  • Promote the anniversary on platforms like an interactive homepage.
  • Provide a network and coordination for the many people and institutions involved in the anniversary.
  • Be active in the initiation of a wide range of public activities with a broad appeal to celebrate the Reformation anniversary.
  • Raise funds for selected activities from private and public sources.

Vision and ambition

The main goal of the presidium was that awareness of the significance of the Reformation and its impact on Danish society economically, politically and culturally was far more widespread after 2017. The goal was that the anniversary was marked in Denmark through a wide range of interesting and popular activities and events. 

Professional Approach

The presidium’s focus areas are research, PR and activities during the anniversary year itself. Research has come first, but the presidium has simultaneously embarked on a website and other promotional activities to generate interest and encourage external activities. The next stage marks a consolidation of activities and events that tell the story of the Reformation, and the coordination of the production of the art works, exhibitions, books, TV programmes, teaching materials, etc.

The presidium aims, given the means at its disposal, to play an active role in the realm of research and communication, i.e. be active in areas that meet the overall content goals by:

  • Initiating relevant research
  • Promoting general education about the Reformation
  • Approaching museums
  • Encouraging publishing and media industries
  • Taking initiatives to secure the production of new art and music
  • Coordinating the development of teaching materials, etc.

At the same time, the presidium is to be open to supporting external ideas and activities. The goal is to generate a wide range of activities: academic research, school textbooks, films, conferences, theatre performances, church services, parish events, study trips, public talks, hymn singing, paintings and sculptures, novels, children’s drawings, art exhibitions, and much more.   

The presidium is to be aware of the distribution of funding, not only between research and activities for the general public, but also between its own initiatives and ‘grass-roots’ activities given the context and the prevailing economic circumstances.