Castlefest Academy

Panel: Paganfolk

CeltCast presents in the Castlefest Academy: a panel about Paganfolk

At Castlefest you must have seen or heard the term Paganfolk on occasion. But what does it actually mean? Is it the basis of a spiritual life, part of a religion, or merely a certain, defined style of music? Does it invoke ancient Gods or just a feeling that many people carry inside? Does one have to feel connected to greater powers, or can anyone just enjoy the music for the music itself?

With a name like this, that some may find somewhat charged, it is easy to imagine that there can be many questions. And for that reason Castlefest has decided to form an international panel with musicians from three different Paganfolk bands. Our special guests on stage will represent Rastaban from Belgium, Waldkauz from Germany and Vael from Spain, three very different bands, but each coming from a Paganfolk perspective. They will answer any and all questions that both Alex and you throw at them, so don’t miss this opportunity!

Obviously the panel is about the style of music, but if you have any questions for the bands themselves, we welcome those as well. Have you had any special experience while listening to any of their songs and you want to know if this was their intention? Want to know if they themselves experience spirituality while playing or writing their songs? Or would you like a more in depth insight into their inspirations? Join us at the Castlefest Academy as we dive deep into the the truest meanings of the wonderful sounds that we call Paganfolk!

This panel takes place on Friday from 16.30 – 17.30h.

Performance: Furore by Mojra

Furore: How to share your story with the world?

Everybody has a story to tell that the world needs and is waiting to hear. You have too. But how do you find that story? And how do you share it with the world? In the extraordinary performance ‘Furore’ Mojra shows us exactly how to do that. Join her on a journey through stories that come to life at the edge of the mythical and the modern, through English Spoken Word poetry and Gaelic songs from ancient Scotland. Weaving in lessons on authenticity, visibility and creating impact Mojra’s performance will bring you to the space within yourself where your story lays hidden. A place where time and space no longer exist and all that remains is who you are and what you came here to do.

Can you imagine what the world would look like if you would bring thát story to life every single day? Is there anything that would remain fantasy or would it instead become the new reality? Come and find out. Because ’Furore’ means being unapologetically yourself. Do you dare?


Previous reactions:

“A beautiful, incisive performance.”

“FURORE has got me thinking.”

“Moved to tears by Mojra’s performance.”

“This is a story and a message that I needed to feel deep within my bones: your story finds you, and be ready to tell it: put on your crown and reclaim your castle!”

Lecture: creation of a world of wonder by Garvin Pouw

In 2017 Garvin Pouw (1977) first published his fantasy novel “Shadowqueen”. The book was successful and paved the way for this years launch of “Valtada, the series.” With four books already on the market and a signed contract for four more parts, great things seem to have been put into motion.

The Valtada series is an enormous project. Drafts have been finished for 18 parts and many more are to be expected. But how does one go about creating such a world of wonders? How does a story of this magnitude come into being and how does it warp the mind of its own creator?

Join Garvin as he embarks upon a journey through a world full of wonder. A world meant to be a paradise, better than any world that has come before, until something went woefully wrong. For what remains of Valtada today is a world in shambles. One that on the one hand seems like ours, but on the other boasts is magic, it’s fabulous vista’s and it’s wondrous creatures. A world wherein Nimfana’s create their oases of wonders, whilst Darklings and Heridaths seek to eradicate every dream of beauty…

For Castlefest, Garvin will shine a light on the vastness of Valtada’s backstory, taking you along in moments that defined both the books and himself. A story that is sometimes sad, often beautiful, and just like the books, meant to sweep you away from this known world, onto the unknown paths of dreams and desires…

This lecture takes place on Sunday from 11.45 – 12.45h.

Workshop: Hypnotic Journeys

In search of talents and loves from past lives

Peter (73, astrologer, Past Lives therapist and Family Constellations therapist) works with (light) hypnotic techniques, which, for most people, give access to hidden or suppressed areas in the subconscious mind. That information can come from past lives, but it might just as well be an archetypal representation from the so-called collective subconscious. Any guided fantasy or dream stuff can provide you with useful and funny insights.

Less sensitive people, not immediately jumping off into spontaneous regression, I help with clairvoyant observations from the aura. You can start looking for talents and skills, for love and joy from past lives. I shall also introduce you into an exercise for better grounding and cleaning your aura from unwanted energies. These exercises are available on CD (available after the workshop).

This workshop takes place on Thursday from 15.15 – 16.45h.
Please note: workshop is in Dutch!

Activity: Creating a story live

Create a story together with the rest of the audience

Through world construction and character building that the public, together with teachers Anaïd Haen and Django Mathijsen will assemble, a blueprint for a story is created. Or at least a starting point. This allows the audience to write a short story. And the prize for the best story: a book!

This activity takes place on Saturday from 10.30 – 11.30h.

Lecture & Workshop: Creating a character

Characters are part of creating a story, but how to create a character? 

Characters come from somewhere and go somewhere. And in the meantime, we get to know them. What types of characters can we recognise and how to develop a character yourself? Based on examples, the participants are set to work under the guidance of one or more authors to allow a new person to enter our world.

This workshop takes place on Sunday from 10.45 – 11.45h.

Workshop: Characters & acting styles

Just like in film and theatre, characters in literature have a certain way of acting, appearance and speaking. Peter van Roermund will teach you all about these various distinctive styles, which he will explain via examples of film clips.

This workshop takes place on Friday from 10 – 11h.

Workshop: Writing for theatre

Get acquainted with the wondrous world of writing for theatre

Writing a book is essentially different from writing for theatre. In this workshop you will get acquainted with the differences but also with a number of similarities. How is a scene structured and in which ways can dramatic dialogue be created? On the basis of examples from the world repertoire, the participant examines the rich spectrum of language in the service of playing.

Teachers: Cocky van Dijk & Peter van Roermund

This workshop takes place on Thursday from 18.45 to 19.45h.

(Nederlands) Lezing & Workshop: Plot technieken

Learn how plot techniques can improve your stories

A story has a certain course, a structure in the events taking place. Many stories follow a recognisable structure that has existed for over a thousands years. Together with you, Peter van Roermund will explore this structure and how to play with it as an author.  

This workshop takes place on Thursday from 13.15 tot 14.15h. 

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Stichting A.G. van Hamel

Workshop Irish and Welsh

De stichting A.G. van Hamel is this year part of the Castlefest Academy. They will give a workshop Irish and Welsh language. It is a beginners workshop, you’ll learn the basics of the language that come in handy when travelling to Wales or Ireland.

Panel about Celts

With a panel of experts, the subject of Celts will be discussed. Questions as: Hoe Celtic are you? Are there any Celts in the Netherlands? Does the Celtic language still exist? will pass our panel.

You can ask your own questions as well, which will be answered on the spot. You may ask your question in Dutch, English, Welsh, Irish, French and German. It is also possible to mail your question beforehand to

The panel consists of Maire O’Shea, teacher and Irish native speaker, Dr. Linus Band, studied, worked, and lived in Wales and Dr. Ashwin Gohill (Chairman of Stichting A.G. van Hamel).

Green Light Movement

Do you have a love for fairs and fun but are you missing that special someone to hold hands with or the perfect partner with whom you can share your mead? Well, than we are here for you!

To help people find their special someone we make it visibly clear who is available and approachable for that very first contact. By wearing our wristbands you are showing the other singles around you, you are open to find love and giving them ‘the green light’.


16:00 Castlefest Academy: Tavernquiz

11:00 Loungetent: Speeddating
15:45 Castlefest Academy: Awkward Questions
22:30 Loungetent: Awkward Questions 18+

11:00 Loungtent: Speeddating
16:00 Castlefest Academy: Tavernquiz
18:45 Loungetent: Rainbow dating

11:00 Loungetent: Speeddating
16:15 Castlefest Academy: Awkward Questions
21:00 Loungetent: Awkward Questions 18+


On entry you will be divided into serval teams with whom you will try to correctly answer as many questions as possible. After a short explanation of the game we will start the quiz that has 3 rounds in total. The questions will be Castlefest, Fantasy and date/love related. And of course there are prices to be won! Good Luck!

Getting to know as many singles as you can in a very short time.

Awkward Questions
Awkward silences? Don’t worry, we have enough awkward questions to ask!

In groups of three we are going to play a fun round of ‘Awkward Questions’. Every participant takes a question from the bucket and asks this question to a random member of the group or answers it themselves. As was established in previous events, this is a very fun and most of all funny way of getting to know one another.

Awkward Questions 18+
The 18+ version of this game will be hosted late in the evening and we thought it more suiting to host this event in the relaxed setting of the Lounge. The questions will be a bit more daring than those we ask during the day. This goes without saying, there will be NO dares!

Rainbow dating
A fast way to mix and mingle with other people of a different, or in this case the same, sexual orientation (gay, bisexual and what not).

Armed with a number and judging form you will get to know the people around you in a fast pace. After the speed dates are done you hand in your form and we will get in contact with you as soon as possible, with hopefully a love match!

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Workshop: Wicker Drumming

Join this workshop and be one of the drummers during the Wicker Ritual

This edition of Castlefest promises to be spectacular again! This year we even offer you a chance to participate as a drummer in the Wicker Ritual! Led by percussionists Rob van Barschot and Gijs Anders van Straalen you will learn in the afternoon prior to the ritual some rhythms and techniques on your own drum. In a short period of time you will be getting ready as a drummer to let the music thunder from the audience during the ritual.
No experience necessary, everyone can participate. The only condition is that you bring your own drum; you can think of a shamanic drum, a frame drum or djembe or any other good sounding drum as long as it’s easy to carry. 
We hope to see you all to form a large tribe of drummers together!
Workshop costs: €10,- . The workshop will take place on Saturday, from 14:15 to 15:15h. To register send an e-mail to
Interested in other activities in the Castlefest Academy? Check the program here
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Workshop: Design your own RPG

Ready for the next level? Design your own RPG in this Castlefest Academy

Are you an avid role-player or aspiring RPG author with your own homebrew setting all ready to go? This workshop teaches you the first steps to designing your own role-playing game: writing a concept, pitch, and outline. Even if your book has a working first draft, this workshop will help you tighten your concept and pitch, and cull extranous sections to make your book better. We’ll also discuss independent publishing and crowdfunding versus selling your game to an established company.

Bring your own pen and paper, or tablet, if you want to take notes.

Steffie de Vaan is a Dutch author of role playing books and short stories, who has written for lines such as Vampire the Masquerade Anniversary Edition en Fifth Edition, Changeling the Lost Second Edition, and Harlem Unbound Second Edition. She also developed Night Horrors: Tormented and is currently developing the Legendlore Roleplaying Game.

Want to know what more is going on in the Castlefest Academy? Check this page for all activities. 

GUDA drum workshop

GUDA drum workshop

The GUDA drum is a hybrid between a handpan and a tongue drum. In this workshop Rob van Barschot will tell you about the different kinds of GUDA drums (models, designs, scales) and he will teach you how to play on a GUDA HAT. Rob has been working together with Zen Percussion for a couple years now and he uses his GUDA drums in his solo project, but also in the bands ThunderCrow and Guinevere. Visit for more info.

Workshop costs: €15,- (€10,- for the workshop + €5,- for instrument use).
The workshops will take place on Thursday from 14.00 to 15.00 (FULLY BOOKED!) and on Sunday, from 14:30 to 15:30 (FULLY BOOKED!). To register send an e-mail to

Do you want to bring your own instrument but not really into carrying it all day? Do not despair: you can leave your instrument at the instrument cloakroom next to the Camping Reception. 

More information will follow soon.