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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Alwyn Hamilton, Jeroen van Unen, Manon Spierenburg 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
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
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
Sign up via mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Coach House at the GUDA/ThunderCrow booth.
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.
During this Q&A Robin Hobb will take the time to answer your questions. Do you want to know where she gets her inspiration from, how certain characters come into existence, or perhaps you’d just like to know if she owns any pets? Drop by, ask your questions or just sit back, relax and listen :-)
This Q&A takes place on Friday at 16.30h
To understand the behaviour of a character, it is important to understand how dramatic actions are constructed. By grasping this, the writer also fulfils the role of actor: re-enacting a scene makes it possible to write about it in more detail.
In this workshop you will get acquainted with some play principles that can be found in every book. Attendees are invited to join in!
This workshop takes place on Friday at 12.00h
In this active workshop, J. Sharpe will teach participants about frequently made mistakes in writing a novel. How does one write a novel, and most importantly: how not?
This workshop takes place on Saturday at 16.00h
Traditionally, people have always told stories to try and understand themselves, the world around them and the supernatural. Modern, popular fantasy stories are based on sources that originated thousands of years ago.
During a short journey through the centuries, Peter van Roermund will tell you about the DNA of the fantastic story.
This lecture takes place on Saturday at 16.30h
Henna is a red dye that has being used for centuries to decorate the body and colour hair. It is made from the finely grinded leaves of the henna bush. Henna artworks are made to celebrate the different stages in the lives of women, such as birthdays, marriage, and pregnancy. Or as a blessing for joy and prosperity.
Regardless cultural background, henna art is always considered beautiful and is a mesmerizing tribute to the body. Everyone deserves to be decorated with the intricate patterns and to enjoy the beautiful shapes and intense red colour. The good thing is that henna artworks will fade after a while, thereby always leaving room for renewal.
Do you want to discover the world of henna art and what it can mean to you?