Castlefest Academy

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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 workshop will take place on Sunday, from 14:30 to 15:30. To register send an e-mail to

More information will follow soon.