Panel: Writing a fantasy story – Robin Hobb, Adrian Stone and Thomas Olde Heuvelt

During this panel, which will take place on Sunday between 14.30 and 15.30h, the authors Robin Hobb, Adrian Stone and Thomas Olde Heuvelt will talk about writing a fantasy novel. What are the similarities and what are the differences? The panel will be hosted by author Marte Jongbloed. 

This panel takes place on Sunday at 16.30h

(Nederlands) Zwaard & Steen workshops

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Op donderdag trapt Zwaard & Steen hun Castlefest weekend af met een viertal exclusieve workshops middeleeuws zwaardvechten speciaal voor camping gasten. Kom langs om 12:00, 13:30, 15:00 of 16:30 om te leren hoe je zo’n langzwaard nu eigenlijk echt gebruikt!

Ben je donderdag nog niet aanwezig, zitten de workshops vol, of liggen je prioriteiten die dag elders? Niet getreurd! Want Zwaard & Steen geeft nog het hele weekend iedere dag meerdere workshops. Schrijf je in voor één van hun workshops bij hun stand op het re-enactment veld.

Donderdag: 12:00, 13:30, 15:00 en 16:30 uur.

Valentino Barbers

The barbers of Valentino Barbers are looking forward to participate in the event and showing their skills.
After visiting many locations in the Netherlands, they are proud to be at Castlefest 2018 with their shop.

CoZaCrea Peculiar Creations

A welcome entertainer on Castlefest for several years. Every year his self-designed creations attract many visitors. His steampunk style projects are mostly made from trash, junk and other discarded materials. You will start to recognise more and more used items the longer you spend looking at his projects. Stop by and be amazed by the many fantastic elements at CoZaCrea Peculiar Creations.

Q&A: the emergence of Castlefest – Mark, Rob & Natasja

Long, long ago, in 2004, Mark and Natasja were visiting various fantasy events on a regular basis. Eventually they came up with the idea to organise a concert with a small market. This is the basis for what has became Castlefest. Curious about the funny anecdotes and stories about all that went wrong throughout the years? During this Q&A Mark, Rob and Natasja will tell you how Castlefest grew out to be world’s most amazing fantasy festival. Be amazed and ask your questions during this Q&A.

This Q&A takes place on Sunday at 14.30h

Faun, Castlefest, fantasy, pagan folk


Ever since the beginning of Castlefest, the bandmemers of FAUN are recurring artists on our line-up. They recall Castlefest as coming home. During this Q&A they will answer all of your questions. Are you curious about what changed the last years for them as a band, or where they get their inspiration from? Or perhaps you’d like to know more about their musical projects outside of FAUN? Drop by, listen and ask your questions during this Q&A.

This Q&A takes place on Friday at 14.30h

Panel: composing music – Eivør & Fieke van den Hurk

Music is emotion, this won’t be a secret for many of you. But how do you turn emotion into music? How do emotions translate into a melody? These emotions will make you as the composer very vulnerable when you perform your music for the first time. 

Eivør and Fieke van den Hurk will answer these and many more questions regarding to composing music. Come join and share your vision on this with us!

This panel takes place on Friday at 18.30h

Panel with Q&A: Rapalje

How do you stay together as a band for 25 years? We can hardly imagine the fantasy world without Rapalje. For more than 25 years they are spending more time together than with anybody else. How are they able to pursue that? Are they sometimes fed up with each other? How do you keep yourself motivated to give everything on stage every time?

These questions and many more will be answered, but Rapalje will tell a lot more funny and special stories during this panel with Q&A. Of course there will be plenty of time to answer your questions, so make sure to ask them everything you want to know.

This panel takes place on Thursday at 16.30h

Lecture: Damsels in Drag – Luke Schouwenaars

Gender is a hot topic, both in the academic world and beyond. In fantasy literature, one of the clearest examples of this is the popularity of crossdressing adventurers. But this is nothing new: even in the Middle Ages, authors wrote about men dressed as women and women dressed as men.

How do the crossdressing adventurers in the works of Tolkien, Pratchett, and Hobb relate to their counterparts in these medieval stories? Luke Schouwenaars, from Utrecht University, has spent almost a full year researching this question. At Castlefest, he will share his findings.

This lecture takes place on Saturday, 12.30h

Lecture: Costume: from chaos to festival – Joris van der Heijdt-Algra

Joris van der Heijdt-Algra is a familiar face in the fantasy world and never seizes to amaze everyone with his wonderful costumes. In this lecture he will tell you everything about the way he creates his costumes: from chaos to festival.
Where does he find his inspiration, what involves in a costume process? By showing examples of his costumes and the process, Joris will take you on the journey of chaos to the end result. Do you have any questions? Joris would be happy to answer them!
This lecture takes place on Sunday at 12.30h

Panel: supernatural elementd

Writer Erik Betten will talk about how his supernatural thriller ‘Quarantaine’ came to life. Do you have any questions? Please do not hesitate to ask them!

This panel takes place on Friday at 12.30h

Panel: Young Adults

Alwyn Hamilton, Jeroen van Unen, Manon Spierenburg, Marte Jongbloed and Floortje Zwigtman will talk about the magic in writing Young Adult books. This panel will give you the opportunity as well to ask questions, so feel free to join in!

This panel takes place on Saturday at 14.30h

Workshops: Didgeridoo & Basis rhythm playing

Daphyd Sens, known from ThunderCrow, will hold two didgeridoo workshops in the Castlefest Academy.

Basic Didgeridoo: the Drone

During this basic workshop Daphyd will talk about several elements of playing the didgeridoo: get acquainted with the instrument, learn to play and control the basic drone and learn all about use of voice and overtones. Next to that Daphyd will teach you the basic elements of circulair breathing.

Thursday 14.00 – 15.00h
Costs: €20,-

Basic Rhythm Playing

During this workshop information will be given about simple rhythms, toots and use of voice in rhythms. Daphyd will explain all about breathing moments and overtones, the use of circulair breathing and training of ‘lip-spanning’.

Saturday 14.00 – 15.00h
Costs: €20,-

Sign up via mail: or at the Coach House at the GUDA/ThunderCrow booth.

Workshop: Young Adult Witchcraft – Marte Jongbloed

When Marte was doing research to modern witchcraft for her YA-Heksenspiegel trilogy (Witches mirror), the subject really grabbed her. She found out how powerful and how positive magic can be, she discovered that there is at least one witch living in every neighbourhood and she understood that those who once find themselves on the path of witches, are never done learning.
In this workshop Marte will explain how she did her research, what she discovered about modern witchcraft and where to find more information so that you, like her, want to learn even more.

This workshop takes place on Sunday at 14.00h

Photo by Robert Jan Duyverman Fotografie

LARP Village

A traveling LARP caravan has found a spot on Castlefest to attract new blood for their special adventures. This remarkable crew of wondrous characters creates a lot of commotion and spectable wherever they go. Take it up against the strongest caravan guards in the arena, learn to create powerful potions with the alchemists, let your future be predicted by mysterious fortune tellers, go on an adventure for the merchant or enjoy a lovely drink in the tavern to quench the thirst.

This year the LARP Village is about the LARP caravan and completely adapted to show you how awesome the LARP hobby is for people of all ages. LARP is a Real Life Game, where contestants, all dressed up, venture into an magical adventure world where everything is possible. 

Throughout the Netherlands LARP events are organised. Mostly in forests, but every now and then it takes place in a castle or stronghold. The magical play world is mostly medieval with various hints of fantasy. Several LARP crews are present to introduce themselves to you next to a lovely bonfire in the LARP Village.