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At Keltfest,  we create an unforgettable experience for everyone, including children!
This year for the first time, you can participate in the Children Highland Games. You can show others how strong and agile you are! We can’t wait to see how far you can throw a pole! Or are you the best in tug of war? Drop by and show us your skills.

Are the Highland games not for you? Then you can play games like Jenga and make some great jigsaw puzzles.
Are you tired of playing outside and do you just want to draw or craft something? Then you can drop by our crafting tent where we have an arrangement of fun crafting projects and drawings.

We also provide face painting for the children, a great way to finish your outfit. Become a fearless Viking, a gorgeous elf or a strong dragon!

We also have a special place for the little ones, a lot of parents already know we are there and come back every time. We have a special box for the children from 0-2 years old to play in. You can also change your baby here and it’s possible to warm up their bottles. You can take your time to feed the baby on our special straw couch and have a little chat with the other parents or our volunteers.

There is a long tradition of the KiddyBattle, where children take on the army of grown-ups. We can not defeat them alone so we need your help! Prepare yourselves by participating in games and the Highland Games.

The KidsHill is not a day-care for children, children must be looked after at all times by their parent(s)/guardian(s). In case we find an unaccompanied child, we will bring it to the info stand.


10:00 – 11:00 Tug of war
11:00 – 12:00 Tower
12:00 – 13:00 Caber toss
12:30 – 13:00 Groot duimpje show
13:00 – 14:00 Steps
14:00 – 15:00 Tug of war
15:30 – 16:00 Groot duimpje show
15:00 – 16:00 Tower
16:00 – 17:00 Cabertoss
17:00 – 17:30 Kiddybattle
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HVN – Historisch Vrijvechten Nederland

Want to learn how to swing a sword like the fencing masters of old? Come to HVN

Have you always wanted to learn how to swing a sword like the fencing masters of old, push your
physique to the limit or do you simply have a soft spot for history? You are not the only one.
HEMA is a relatively young but fast-growing sport dedicated to the European martial arts. This
collective term stands for Historical European Martial Arts, and concerns itself with learning how to
free fight in accordance with manuscripts and historical sources written from the 14 th century onwards.
HEMA comprises a large variation of weapon disciplines that can be trained with along numerous
sources written in German, Italian, British, Dutch and many other traditions. Think of the longsword,
the rapier, the sabre but also the messer and the dagger. In short, something to suit all tastes.
Are you interested in practicing HEMA, then come by and have a look or join training!

About HVN

HVN – Historisch Vrijvechten Nederland is a Dutch school of fencing dedicated to practicing the
Historical European Martial Arts, situated in Oegstgeest, near Leiden. The school is led by Matthys
Kool, a renowned international instructor and senior tournament-fighter. At HVN, emphasis lies on
training with the European longsword and military sabre, but wrestling and dagger-fighting also
feature in regular training sessions. Other disciplines such as singlestick, sword & buckler and even
dussack are also incorporated in free sparring. We will teach you how to properly engage in battle and
you will be able to develop into a tournament-fighter.

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Keltfest Games

The Keltfest Games – show you’re a true Highlander

Do you get all fired up when you see the pro’s of the Highland Games federation Netherlands tossing cabers and hammers around? Do you wanna have a go at it yourself? Then show us what you got!
Bring your friends and enter as a team for one of our 

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Balfolk Workshops

Balfolk Workshop

Of course there will be Balfolk on Keltfest.
While, in the old days, the upper class was dancing boring walses, the plebeians were having a party much more fun! They danced their own kind of dances which nowadays are known as balfolk. For centuries balfolk brings people together to enjoy dance and live music.
We will explain the basics of different dances step by step in this introduction workshop. Everybody can join, with or without dancing experience, young or old, farmer or princes, troll or fairy.
We can enjoy the dances we’ve learned straight away while listening to live music.

Tussen de workshops zorgt Folkie DJ Bram voor een divers aanbod aan muziek, zowel traditioneel als modern. Beginner of gevorderd, iedereen kan komen dansen. Met een lach en een knipoog worden de nummers aan elkaar geregen en weet je wat voor dansje je op het volgende nummer kan doen, of juist niet.

Folkie DJ Bram

Dance on with Folkie DJ Bram

Come to the dance floor for a selection of balfolk tracks, brought to you by Folkie DJ Bram. In between the workshops, he will provide the best songs to keep on dancing.
What started out as a funny distraction between bands has now matured to a full-on balfolk DJ set that will move your feet. Bram has ample experience in playing, listening and dancing to this genre. Thanks to this, he will present you with the finest tunes balfolk has to offer, both traditional and modern. Just starting or well experienced: everybody can join. Every track will be introduced with a smile and a wink to make sure there is time to prepare for the next dance.

Dutch Warbow Society

Discover the bow

The Dutch Warbow Society lets people discover the beautiful tradition of traditional bows.  

To show the visitors of Keltfest the English longbow, the DWS created a demo-team. They will show you different kinds of arrows and their impact on different materials. Besides that, you’ll see how a group of archers would travel accross the battle field, led by their commander.

But, most important: you can try some archery yourself! With the help of the skilled members of the demo-team, you can try the English warbow. It is fun for all ages!


List of exhibitors

Annu No/Atelierhamm
Ans Worst
Atelier Beefree
Atelier Jody Maakt
Black Oak Smederij
Black Planet
Blue Roses
Bohemia Beauty
Celtic Rose
Celtic World
City Sheep Nature
De Godin in Jezelf
De Groene Godin
Delftse Mederij
Dino Jewellery
Dragons Den Zwolle
Eldasa Tattoo & Piercing
Elve Geluk
Faery Goods
Feathers van Raven
Groep Gabs
Hannie’s Hakhoning
Hebbus en Noggus
Het Kruidenheksje
Het Stripfiguur
Juggelin Sun Children
Keltfest Official Merchandise
Kolderieke Maliën
Lila Pixie
Loeff Bureau Creative
Magic Within
Ocarinas Arpad Takacs
Pagan Ways
Pasal Himal
R&L De Dansende Jak
Rasa Creations
Ruet Yvan
Salem’s Fantasy Gifts
Sjeintje Boterkoek
Smederij Roodbaert
Stichting A.G. van Hamel voor Keltische Studies
Stichting MeLief
Stone Mad Crafts
Tal’s Art
The Fudge Shop
The Gift of Magic
The Native Dutch Clan
Trade Mark Den Haag
True the Eye of Awareness
Uitgeverij Macc
Uitgeverij Zilverspoor
V.O.F. Painted Cave
Viking Kristall
Whatever & More
Wortel & Cruydt


‘Connection’ this year is Central to Celtic Spirit, connection in Nature, elements, energy, and the ancient customs and rituals. Every day we start with a beautiful day-opening and during the day there are workshops you can join, during the day we celebrate Beltaine and jump over the holyfire.

On Saturday we have a new evening programme, we start with Keltfest Werewolves game led by the Ravens inn, after that we listen to cozy tunes by Marjolijn and Ko and sing mantras at the campfire under the guidance of Margo Awanata, Be welcome in this connection.

Programme Celtic Spirit

Programme both days

11.00h Day-opening    Saturday Gabs/ Sunday Ingrid

12.00h Gabs Healing element sounds

13.00h Children of the earth Ingeborg

13.00h de Groene Godin crafting

13.30h Gabs crafting; intuitive Rune drawing

14.00h Pagan Lady

15.00h Warrior journey for men led by Peter

15.00h Path of the priestess

15.30h De groene Godin meditation

16.00h The Hunt led by Centrum Innerpeace and Celtic Spirit members

16.15h Element Dance by Margo Awanata

16.30h May tree ceremony led by Centrum Innerpeace and Celtic Spirit members

16.45h May tree Dance led by Centrum Innerpeace and Celtic Spirit members

17.15h Fire jump led by Centrum Innerpeace and Celtic Spirit members

Saturday Evening Programme

19.00h Celtic Werewolves game led by Ravens inn

19.30h Music at the Campfire with Marjolijn &Ko

20.00h Mantra singing with Path of the priestess en Celtic Spirit members



Beltaine the beginning of summer. With Beltaine we celebrate the love, the connection of Wodan and Freya..

The Chase

Women give their Ribbon to the man of their choice. The winner will be crowned as the May king. He chooses his May Queen. Together they are the May Royal couple and symbolically they go in a connection of love.


We go in procession with the May Royal couple  and invite everyone to walk and to celebrate, singing and dancing with the drums.
At the Maypole (male and female) we dance with the ribbons around the pole, with  joy and lovely sounds. 

Fire jump

The sacred fire, border between the old and the new.
After the May Royal couple jumped over the holy fire,every body is invited to jump over the protected, cleans, and plans and wishes do come true. When you jump as a couple over the holy fire, you promise a year and a day, to stay connected.
With new energy we embrace the summer.     

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Gabs Lichthuis

Gabs and her Earth fairies also organize two beautiful workshops this year in the Celtic Spirit tent;

Element Healing sounds

At 12.00h; with various instruments we make a healing sound journey along the elements, which element suits you and where do you have something to learn? The healing sounds will show you the way, listen…

Intuitive Rune drawing

At 13.30h; The age-old Rune are with us and would like to tell us a lot, only how can the reach your heart? Be welcome to receive messages in your own drawings.

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de Heksenkrijger

Peter en Ingeborg guide people in recovery and development processes for years. In this the discovery of yourself is their focus point. Peter is registered coach and Ingeborg is Mindfulness trainer.

Warriors Journey by Peter           

Male warriors of today! 
Join us on the battlefield to encounter your personal fight.

For men only. Saturday and Sunday at 15:00h.

Workshop Children of the Earth by Ingeborg

You are beautiful
You are of value!
Who are you?

Come explore with us.

For kids 5-12 years on Saturday and Sunday 13:00h


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the Pagan Lady

Sungod Belenos ritual

It’s the beginning of summer! We honor the power of the sun and the fertility of mother earth. We celebrate the light, all new life. We celebrate glorious life itself! Join us at 14:00h.

I am the Pagan Lady, an urban witch from the Hague. This year I will perform the story about the great Celtic God Belenos. I take you with me in a ritual about the magic of Beltane. We make contact with the high energy of this season. And you will be able to ask questions and doing wishes at the God Belenos. After this you will happy, loving and with the sun in your heart rejoin the festival.

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Path of the Priestess

Power, connection, deepness 
Path of the Priestess will again be present this year.

Workshop Celtic Priestess

At 15:00h, we’ll give the workshop Celtic Priestess in which we make a deep connection with mother earth.
From this connection we let the priestess in ourselves awaken.

Elements Dance

At 16:15h the priestesses will bless the earth with a dance of the elements for the maypole ritual. They will embody earth, water, air and fire under the guidance of the beating drums.


At 20:00h we gather at the fire of Celtic Spirit for half an hour of chanting. Together we sing short chants in an honouring of Mother Earth and as a magical way to conclude the festival.

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The Green Goddess

Make a Celtic power pouch

At 13:00h you can make your own Celtic power pouch with herbs. All while the Celtic herb witch Airmed is watching over us.

Travel through guided meditation

At 15:30h, you’ll go on a journey with the Green Goddess. Through guided meditation you get a chance to meet Mab, the Elven Queen. Receive here your secret elven name.