Activities

Celtic Ceili workshop

Discover the cheerful group dances of Ireland and Scotland in the Celtic Ceili workshop. These dances are usually arranged in pairs and are danced in either a circle or a row. Already familiar with Balfolk or other folkloric dances from Western Europe? We’re sure you will recognise some aspects, in most traditional Celtic cultures the same movements are preserved. They are easy to learn so everyone is welcome in the workshops – whatever age, fitness or dance experience!

The Celtic Ceili workshop will be musically accompanied by Itchy Fingers.

 

Kidshill

Like every year we’ve got plenty to do for the children on the Kidshill. Come in to get your face painted and of course there will be lots of wonderful games to play. Participate in several craft projects or colouring. 

Of course our traditional kiddybattle will be one of the highlights. The children will have a chance to fight the adults. We definitely need the aid of strong children! Are you coming to help us? 

For the smallest ones (age 0-2) we have a quiet and safe place where they can rest and play for a while. For the parents we offer changing facilities as well as a place to heat a meal.

 

 

Che Tango

More than 10 years ago I came into contact with Balfolk. Immediately seized by the pleasure and improvisation that we find in Balfolk, I travelled to France many times in the summer to dance and learn more about European dances. Shortly thereafter I came into contact with the Argentine Tango. The music and precision of the dance grabbed me and I immediately became addicted. After having given Balfolk workshops in the Netherlands and abroad, living in Argentina for a year and giving Tango workshops and performances in Europe, South America and Asia, it is time to combine these two together! I do that with the great dancer and teacher Cecilia Brands. Together with you we look at how we can apply elements from the Tango in Balfolk. Tango experience is not necessary, Balfolk experience will help you a lot.

Highland Dancing

There is very little that evokes the spirit of Scottish culture quite like Highland Dancing. These days most dancers are female, but the roots of these dances are in the military clan culture and Scottish folklore. Originally Highland Dancing was for men only, and clan chiefs used the sword dances and other dances to select their very best men. The men used the dances to show their strength, stamina, and discipline.

Highland Dancing competitions are organised under the authority of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. The dances are Highland Dances (always danced in Kilt) and National Dances (generally danced in the Aboyne costume which suits the more elegant style of these dances). The best-known dance in the Sword Dance, in which dancers dance over two crossed swords – and which they are not allowed to touch. Next to the Highland Dances there will be other solo dances and group dances.

Continental Pipe Band Championships 2018

On Saturday 26th of May the Scottish Fields will be dedicated to the Scottish Highlands. In the best tradition of the cradle of the Pipe Band, the Highlands of Scotland, bands from the Netherlands and Belgium will compete with each other in several game components for the title of Continental Pipe Band Champion 2018.

Depending on the component in which the bands will compete, they will be performing either several musical compositions from a predefined list from Scotland or self selected music from known and unknown compositions. 

These components will be judged by an official jury from Scotland. Bands will be judged on the musicality of the bagpipe players, but the drummers will be assessed separately as well. These results will determine the final result of the bands. 

At the end of the day all bands together will play a big “Massed Band” before the award ceremony will take place.

Balfolk

Of course there will be several Balfolk workshops at Keltfest this year!

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.
 
The different dances wille be explained step by step in various workshops, both beginners and advanced. Everybody can join, with or without dancing experience, young or old, farmer or princes, troll or fairy.

Celtic Spirit

Celtic Spirit can also be found at the new Keltfest location. The theme this year is; Strength, Power; The power of love during the Maypole dance, the strength of the elements, the power of Celtic Symbolism.

We would like to welcome you at one of our workshops, Maypole dance, crafting, and rituals, to experience this powerful energy and connect.

Celtic Spirit Programme

Saturday

11.00h Day opening – The Pagan Lady
11.30h Element ritual – Gabs
12.00h Celtic cook workshop for kids – Ingeborg
12.30h Beltane workshop – Centrum Innerpeace
13.00h  Crafting: Power stick with Celtic Wish – Gabs
13.30h Goddess Power workshop – Margo
14.00h crafting: Celtic herb pouches – Groene Godin
14.30h Celtic love cord workshop – Centrum Innerpeace
15.00h receive your Elf name – Groene Godin
15.30h The Hunt – the Pagan Lady
16.00h The Maypole ceremony – the Pagan Lady
16.30h ending Maypole dance
17.00h  The Fire jump at the Celtic Spirit tent
18.30h The power of connection – Margo

Sunday

11.00h Day opening – Margo
11.30h Workshop Element ritual – Gabs
12.00h Finger labyrinth – the Apple lady
12.00h Celtic cook workshop for kids – Ingeborg
12.30h Tree spirit workshop – Ilonka
13.00h Crafting: Power stick with Celtic Wish – Gabs
13.30h Goddess power workshop – Margo
14.00h crafting: Celtic herb pouches – Groene Godin
14.30h Finger labyrinth  – the Apple lady
15.00h Receive your Elf name – Groene Godin
15.30h Tree spirit workshop –  Ilonka
15.30h The Hunt – the Pagan Lady
16.00h The Maypole ceremony – the Pagan Lady
16.30h ending Maypole dance
17.00h The Fire jump at the Celtic Spirit tent

Gabslichthuis

Gabs has been the coordinator of the Celtic Spirit group for more than 5 years and also organises various workshops for young and old in which healing sounds and the power of wishing are central. This year she has again put together a wonderful program.                                                                                                               

Ritual of the ancient Elements

Within this ancient Element Ritual we connect, in which the power of the elements is central, during this ritual you experience the elements in movement, in sound and in silence, which wish is hidden in them?
Both days at 11.30h.

Power stick craft workshop with Celtic Wish

Hidden in every tree there is a magic power with a message for you, are you looking for your magic message, then I will see you at the craft workshop at 13.00h.

The Pagan Lady

Beltane, Keltfest 2018

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!
It’s that time of the year! Everybody does it! The birds and the bees. Love is in the air, lovers will find each other!

I am the Pagan Lady, an urban witch from the Hague. Like last year I will organize, together with my coven Diana, the passionate ritual of Beltane. We invite everybody to join us. Dance, sing and have a jolly good time with each other, and fall in love with life itself.

At 15:30, we start with the hunt. The men need to gain as many little rings from the women as they can. The man with the most rings will be crowned as the May king and gets to choose his bride.
This couple will be the symbol for the power of nature and the union of divine male and female.

At 16:00, the ritual begins and the Maypole will be placed. Grab one of the ribbons and dance around the pole accompanied by merry musicians!

At 17:00, we take this sparkling energy with us to the sacred fire and jump over it for protection and fertility of all our plans and wishes.

Margo Awanata

Goddess Within

An Empowerment workshop especially for women who want to discover and awaken their inner goddess. We will break free from everyday expectations and daily obligations and discover what lies underneath.
Both days at 13.30h.

The power of connection

During this workshop, we will make a deep connection with mother earth, our selves and the others. Because of our daily busy lives, we often lose the real connections and those connections are essential for our happiness. It is a journey into the depth, where we will unleash the magic within. 
Saturday at 18.30h.

SoupLady Ingeborg

Celtic cook workshop for kids

At 12 o’clock, SoupLady Ingeborg is starting with creating a Celtic herb soup, if you also want to stir in the brew, You can help with cutting the vegetables, smell the different herbs and taste the special soup, at the end there is also a little surprise by the fire… I will see you at the Kettle.

Rineke

Rineke is also this year at Keltfest across from the Celtic Spirit Tent, where she draws beautiful symbols and loving messages, are you up for it?

Rosa Mare

The power of the Rune stones

The runic script is the oldest known script, used by Germanic peoples from the second century to the seventeenth century. The first symbolic signs to express thoughts with were called runes, which originated from the gothic word ‘Runa’, meaning secret.
Each symbolic rune sign is a storage for intuitive knowledge, and it takes insight and knowledge to read the stones clearly and articulate them to the outsider.

If I am interpreting my stones, I always note how it fascinates people, especially by the pureness of the stones with their signs.
Meet with the old ritual of the rune stones. They provide wisdom and insight.

The Apple Lady

The Heart of the Apple

In this experience you’re going to be guided in finding this one little seed within yourself, that will grow into a tree this summer. What is your deepest desire? What is it that you want to let grow from the bottom of your heart?  Give this seed all of your love, attention en energy. In this way you will harvest a shiny red en green apple when the time is right. You can visit the Apple lady by yourself or with a friend. On Sunday at the info tent of Celtic Spirit.

Workshop Fingerlabyrinth

By following the path of the labyrinth with your finger, you will be guided to the peace and quietness of the labyrinth’s center. On your way to this center, you can let go of what’s bothering you in daily life. Arrived, you will find your deepest core and nothing from the outside world will stand in your way to listen.  You will receive new inspiration, answers or images. On your way back to the outer world you carefully consider how to incorporate your newly gained inspiration into your life. You will carry with you it in your heart in daily life.
On Sunday at 12.00h and 14.30h.