The online presale for Saturday tickets has stopped, but no worries: there are plenty tickets available at the entrance!
The Keltfest program for 2018 is online! Can’t wait to start planning? Check out the online version here.
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.
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.
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.
Sprookspreker is a fairytaler who tells interactive improvised stories. His fairy tale case will be filled with objects by the audience. The Sprookspreker uses these objects to tell a story that doesn’t exist yet. The results will be surprising to everyone, including the storyteller. The stories are only in Dutch.
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.
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.
Of course there will be several Balfolk workshops at Keltfest this year!
It’s the year is 1513, the early age of discovery, a time of turmoil and war. This is the era in which Oma Wolletje lives. Alongside her family, Oma Wolletje works hard to eke out a living. It’s a hard life but, as a family they have a good life.
The sheep are tended to by the little ones. The older children help with spinning, weaving and needle binding the wool. While life is harsh, they remain a warm and welcoming family that invites everyone to join them around the fire for some warmth. And if they are lucky they just might be able to join in on a simple but delicious home cooked meal.
We at Marsanta Suibhail (which is Celtic for traveling merchant and is pronounced ‘Marsant’a Shu-ul’) have a Celtic background and get our stuff we sell through barter during our trip through Europe. From wood and bone, we make objects, handicrafts and jewelry tools such as spoons, wooden needles and crochet hooks, which we also sell and use to make jewelry and woolen hats. During our stay we demonstrate these crafts and give explanation on this. But a short workshop is also possible!
Because we are witches and because of emerging witches persecution we can never stay too long in one area. This allows us to come in contact with many people where we would barter with businesses as well as things to learn, so for example we learned needle binding and lucetkoord making from the Vikings. But this traveling around is also dangerous and therefore we are both skilled in using the sword and axe.
Martin of Magisch Verhaal is a passionate storyteller. At Keltfest you can listen to different kind of stories. Old heroes and villains will come to life and take you with them on their adventures. Nothing will be left out.
Come listen to one or more stories and enter the world of Magisch Verhaal.
The Higland Games have existed for over a thousand years. From 1700 onwards the components and rules haven’t changed a bit, what makes it a very tradition sport.
The games have originated from bloody battles between clans (families). Luckily for us the bloody aspect isn’t part of the games anymore, but clans still battle in their official family kilt.
At this moment Highland Games are organised all over the world. Especially in Scotland, the US, Brazil, Iceland, Australia, Germany, New Sealand, Belgium and the Netherlands this sport is very popular. The Dutch Championship was organised for the first time in 1990 in Sneek, Wout Zijlstra became the first winner.
Nowadays the Dutch Championship exists out of several competitions and from the total ranking the winner is declared a champion. These games are held under auspices from the International Highland Games Federation, who also organises the European and World Championships.
Enjoy this primal power sport and have a taste of ancient Scotland on Sunday May 27th.
For many years, Tim Talesman has been telling wonderful stories about gods, giants, heroes and other creatures. The myths and saga’s are as a second nature to him, therefore he was rewarded with the title “the young storyteller of the year 2017/2018” award last November.
Come listen and get swept away to great adventures!