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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 

Swerdberas Aldsahse is een vroegmiddeleeuwse Saksische sibbe uit 775 na Chr. Na de Grote Volksverhuizing zijn ze op het vaste land achtergebleven. In hun kampement kun je zien hoe er in een Saksisch dorp wordt geleefd, gelachen, gekookt en gevochten. Castlefest 2019

Swerdberas Aldsahse

Meet Swerdberas Aldsahse in their Old Saxons village

The Swerdberas Aldsahse portray the Old Saxons (± 775 A.D.) that remained behind on the mainland, after a part of the Saxons left for England during the Big Migration. The group contains of trained fighters with a variety of weapons and several craftsmen, working with leather, wood, iron (smithy), needle and thread. Sometimes we make music with our drums – around the fireplace or during a Blot (ritual) to honor the gods.

slinger chips

Kultura Catering


The cozy coffee stand! Grind your own beans and enjoy a delicious bowl of black gold. In addition,
you can also come to us for fresh tea, home-made iced tea and iced coffee. So come and visit us!


Delicious traditionally prepared, freshly baked ‘slingerchips’. This crispy delicacy is made from fresh
potatoes and baked on the spot. In 2 delicious flavors (salt and spice mix) and with a wide selection
of the tastiest sauces. The Slingerchips are also vegan!

Dutch Draught

We are proud Dutch beer lovers. From Beercider to Triple and IPA to wheat beer. Everything is from
Dutch micro breweries. Cheers!

Goedvolk Keltfest Vijfhuizen levende geschiedenis re-enactment


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Bij Goedvolk in het kampement is er altijd wat te zien en te leren

Goedvolk is een genootschap van diverse handwerkers. Wij leveren handgemaakte producten, die veelal gebaseerd zijn op historische en/of shamanistische voorwerpen. 
In ons historisch geïnspireerde kampement vind je bewerkers van leer, been, gewei, textiel en metaal. Daarnaast is er een historische keuken waar op houtvuur gekookt wordt. Naast gezelligheid is er dus altijd wel wat te zien en te leren.

Goedvolk bestaat uit:

Atelier Solawende/Solawende Tattoo: Illustraties, pentekeningen op dierenschedels, kaarten en posters. Maar zij biedt ook de mogelijkheid voor unieke handgeprikte tatoeages op afspraak.
De Coockerije: Historische keuken waar de lekkerste gerechten voor het kampement worden bereid op houtvuur.
The Creative Dino: Handgeweven banden van wol, grotendeels op authentieke wijze geverfd met natuurlijke kleurstoffen.
Erlund: Sieraden en accessoires van koper, brons, leer, been en andere natuurlijke materialen. Zowel replica’s als eigen interpretaties.
Runeraaf: Handgemaakte runensets en shamanistische attributen.
Tyr’s Hand: Sieraden en gebruiksvoorwerpen van gewei, been, leer en hout.
Witsinger Wurk: Leren buidels en kleding gebaseerd op vondsten uit de Vikingtijd.

Goedvolk is te vinden bij de Levende Geschiedenis

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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.


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Highland Dancing Competition

What would the Highland Games be without an Highland Dancing competition?

Nothing captures the spirit of the Scottish culture better than Highland Dancing during Highland Games. Nowadays, most dancers are female, but the roots of these dances lay in the military clan culture and Scottish folklore.
Originally, Highland Dancing was only for men. The Clan chiefs used the different dances to pick their best men. The men showed off their strength, technique, and stamina during dancing.

In Highland dancing, the dancers dance on the balls of the feet Highland dancing is a form of solo step dancing, from which it evolved, but while some forms of step dancing are purely percussive in nature, Highland dancing involves not only a combination of steps but also some integral upper body, arm, and hand movements.

Some Highland dances do derive from traditional social dances, however. An example is the Highland Reel, also known as the Foursome Reel, in which groups of four dancers alternate between solo steps facing one another and a figure-of-eight style with intertwining progressive movement. Even so, in competitions, the Highland Reel dancers are judged individually. Most Highland dances are danced solo.

Categories in Scottish Highland dances

Scottish Highland dances are generally divided into several types. Categories are more for convenience than strict style:

  • Highland dances (such as the Highland Fling and Sword Dance), danced in Kilt
  • National dances (such as the Scottish Lilt, Flora McDonald’s Fancy), danced in National or Aboyne dress
  • Character dances (such as the Sailor’s Hornpipe and Irish jig)

The best known dances are the Highland Fling and the Sword Dance. In the Sword Dance the dancers dance over two crossed swords, representing their own sword and that of the enemy.

It is important that the dancer does not touch the swords – nowadays touching the sword has a penalty of losing points or even disqualification, in the olden days it was seen as a bad omen for the upcoming battle. In the Highland Fling the dancers aim to dance in one spot and their arms represent the antlers of a deer.

National dances are more feminine and ballet like, and allow for softer movements.

Selfish Murphy Keltfest Vijfhuizen Hill Stage 2019

Selfish Murphy

Selfish Murphy: a dynamic performance filled with classics, easy listening and great songs

The band Selfish Murphy was founded in 2011 in Transilvania (Romania). The formation chose a style of music that was till then unknown in Romania. So they have become the first Romanian band that has chosen the so called Celtic/Irish punk rock. In 2016 the band home country is moved to Hungary.

The method of songwriting always puts in aspect to transmit the unique feeling of Celtic and Irish lifestyle, the main purpose is to transmit the atmosphere of an Irish pub. The majority of the songs are cheerful and easy to digest. In the tracklist we can find traditional Irish songs which are widely popular all around the world (such as: Drunken Sailor, All For Me Grog, Leaving Of Liverpool, Wild Rover) these are played in Celtic/Irish Punk version, of course there are covers that keep the trend of today’s songs (such as: Avicii – wake Me Up /Hey Brother, U2 – With Or Without You) converted in Irish Folk style.

These songs are supplemented with the bands own songs. Which results in a dynamic performance filled with classics, easy listening and one big pub party.

Selfish Murphy plays on Sunday at the Hill Stage.

Tango – Balfolk workshop

Tango with a twist

Bart has been dancing and teaching Balfolk and Tango for many years. But why would we keep those dances separate? During his workshop, you’ll learn to implement Tango elements into your favourite balfolk dances!

“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! Together 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.

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Continental Pipe Band Championships 2019

On Saturday the 25th of may the Scottish Meadow at the Keltfest will be completely taken over by pipe bands from the Scottish Highlands. Just like on the grounds at the Scottish Highlands, several bands from Netherlands, Belgium and Germany will compete in different events against each other trying to claim the title of “Continental Pipe Band Champions”.

Depending on the event the band will compete in they will play a selection of music. Some from a prescribed tunes list defined by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, some are allowed to pick their own music.

These events will be adjudicated by official judges provided by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band

Association and are flown in for this event. The bands will be adjudicated on musicality for the bagpipe players. The drummers will be judged by a separate judge. Together these results will make up the final price list for the competing bands.

After all of the performances all the bands will join together to play in a final “Massed Band” before the price giving will commence.

On Sunday may 26th there will be several bands on and about the Scottish Meadow who will al be giving you their best performances throughout the day.

Time schedule May 25th

Grade 4

  Time Band
1 10.40 h Clan MacBeth Pipe Band
2 10.48 h Wallace Pipes & Drums
3 10.56 h Inter Scaldis Pipes & Drums
4 11.04 h Saendistrict Pipes and Drums
5 11.12 h Venlo Caledonian Pipe Band
6 11.20 h Antwerpen & District
7 11.28 h Beatrix Pipe Band
8 11.36 h Pegasus Pipes & Drums

Grade 4 MAP

  Time Band
1 11.50 h Clan MacBeth Pipe Band
2 11.58 h Wallace Pipes & Drums
3 12.06 h Inter Scaldis Pipes & Drums
4 12.14 h Saendistrict Pipes and Drums
5 12.22 h Venlo Caledonian Pipe Band
6 12.30 h Antwerpen & District
7 12.38 h Beatrix Pipe Band

Grade 4 Map (MSR)

  Time Band
1 12.50 h Wallace Pipes & Drums
2 13.00 h Inter Scaldis Pipes & Drums

Open Grade

  Time Band
1 14.10 h Belgian Blend Pipe Band
2 14.20 h Concord Pipe Band
3 14.30 h Antwerp & District

Grade 3

  Time Band
1 15.10 h Belgian Blend Pipe Band
2 15.20 h Concord Pipe Band
3 15.30 h Antwerp & District

Grade 2

  Time Band
1 16.10 h Belgian Blend Pipe Band
2 16.20 h Concord Pipe Band
3 16.30 h Antwerp & District
  17.00 h Massed Band
Flannery op Keltfest 2019 in Vijfhuizen


Flannery joins the party!

Flannery is a Scottish folk rock band with only one mission: creating an unforgettable party that the audience will always remember. The band makes this happen with their music filled with Scottish, Celtic but also Irish influences. Flannery means flat land and is the perfect name for the chilly men, who want to entertain with raw but also snappy, melodious music.

The repertoire of Flannery is varied. Instrumental, folk, rock and even rap will be played by the band. They write the music and the lines themselves which gives the music its unique feel. These men do everything possible to create an unforgettable party. Fine rock music with the bearing tones of the bagpipe!


Flannery plays on Sunday on the Hill Stage.

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Workshop Highland Dancing

Workshop: Highland dancing

During Keltfest 2019 you’ll get the chance to learn the basics of Highland Dancing in the dance tent! The workshop covers the basics of dancing and will learn you more about the historical background. Let’s dance!

Highland dancing is a competitive and technical dance form requiring technique, stamina, and strength, and is recognised as a sport by the Sport Council of Scotland.

In Highland dancing, the dancers dance on the balls of the feet Highland dancing is a form of solo step dancing, from which it evolved, but while some forms of step dancing are purely percussive in nature, Highland dancing involves not only a combination of steps but also some integral upper body, arm, and hand movements.

Some Highland dances do derive from traditional social dances, however. An example is the Highland Reel, also known as the Foursome Reel, in which groups of four dancers alternate between solo steps facing one another and a figure-of-eight style with intertwining progressive movement. Even so, in competitions, the Highland Reel dancers are judged individually. Most Highland dances are danced solo.

Mumfords Calling bij Keltfest 2019 in Vijfhuizen. Mumfords and Sons tribute band

Mumfords Calling

I will wait, I will wait for Mumfords Calling!

The three-year-old band Mumfords Calling is an international phenomenon! This Mumford & Sons tribute band knows exactly how to perform. With gigs in the Netherlands as well as Belgium and England, they have their share of experience. The men played on numerous stages: from small clubs to big pop, folk and tribute festivals.

They will play all the greatest hits from award winning albums Sigh no more, Babel, Wilder Mind and Delta such as Little Lion Man, I will wait and the Cave. The show, atmosphere, looks and sound of Mumfords Calling will bring you as close to a Mumford and Sons concert as you can get.  

Mumfords Calling plays on Saturday.

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Ierse Dansworkshop by Rosalie Wagenaar

Workshop: Learn the basics of Irish Dance!

Have you always wanted to learn the basics of beautiful Irish jigs and reels? This year, none other than Rosalie Wagenaar from the Rose Irish Dance School teaches workshops at Keltfest. She gets musical guidance of accordion player Erik de Jong!

Rosalie has been dancing for over ten years at the theater shows of Rapalje and is also the owner of the successful dance school ‘Rose Irish Dance School’. Since 2014, she has been one of the six certified teachers of Irish Dance in the Netherlands (for organisation CLRG). Furthermore, Rosalie has been one of the lucky ones who could participate for three years in a row at the Riverdance Trinity College International Summer School (2015, 2016, 2017).  Tere she has worked with professional dancers and big names in the Irish dance world.

The Rose Irish Dance School got a chance to participate in many special performances, including Najib & Jandino Live at De Kuip, the TV program Circus Gerschtanowitz, the National Tattoo in Ahoy and Belgium’s Got Talent.

No dancing experience is required for the workshops at Keltfest. Let yourself be transported to Ireland through the cheerful group dances, where pleasure is paramount!