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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.

Ambachts Ghylde

the Ambachts Ghylde shows and teaches you medieval crafts

Always wanted to know how to cook medieval dishes on an open fire? Or how to use a spindle to make yarn out of raw fleece from sheep? Or do you want to braid a mouse from straw or play old medieval games? Well, this weekend it’s all possible: for the sixth year in a row the Ambachts Ghylde has its own little settlement here at Keltfest!

You can always find something to do in our camp. Whether you want to be creative yourself or you just want to look how a craftsman makes his/her own creations. Besides that, you can also visit us to try, or buy our handmade items. Like tasting sweet honey from our own bees, or buying shiny jewellery or sun hats made from straw. Or have a look at our beautiful leather bags and purses and our freaky hats and scarfs made from wool. All handmade by our craftsmen.


Keltfest 2019 time schedule

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!


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Magisch Verhaal

Magisch Verhaal: adventurous tales from the old England

Martin of Magisch Verhaal is a passionate storyteller. Especially for Keltfest you can listen and watch to different kinds of stories. Old heroes and villains will come back to life once more and take you on the adventures that they encountered. It will all be told.  Come listen to the stories and enter a world in which everything is possible.

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Tim Talesman

Tim Talesman takes you with him on worldwide travels through imagination

Tim Talesman tells his tales on multiple festivals, concerts and other events. As an awarded storyteller he has specialized himself in the old Norse and Germanic myths and saga’s with the occasional excursion to the Celtic stories.

He distinguishes himself by building bridges between his stories and modern situations. Awarded with the title of, “young storyteller of the year” Tim Talesman has made it his goal to collect as many stories as possible and pass them on during his travels. His creative approach to the traditional stories make these antique stories relevant for today’s audience.



List of exhibitors

Annu No/Atelierhamm
Atelier Beefree
Atelier Jody Maakt
Black Oak Smederij
Black Planet
Blue Roses
Bohemia Beauty
Celtic Rose
City Sheep Nature
De Groene Godin
Delftse Mederij
Dino Jewellery
Dragons Den Zwolle
Elve Geluk
Faery Goods
Feathers van Raven
Groep Gabs
Het Kruidenheksje
Keltfest Official Merchandise
Kolderieke Maliën
Lila Pixie
Magic Within
Ocarinas Arpad Takacs
Pagan Ways
R&L De Dansende Jak
Rasa Creations
Salem’s Fantasy Gifts
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
True the Eye of Awareness
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.