House of Wax

Winter is coming, this summer

House of Wax Entertainment will create a Game of Thrones experience a specially for Castlefest, where you can travel and experience this world on an ultimate level.

Enter and work your way through the various kingdoms, meet the inhabitants of these worlds and enjoy there arts which they are eager to show you and share with you like making music, cooking and dancing, learn to fight like a real Dothraki and take place on the Iron Throne.

Welcome to the world of Ice and Fire!

Natura Florissima!

Medusa’s World presents: Natura Florissima!

Last year the creatures of the “Spirit World” worked and searched hard in the scorched earth left by the “Dragon Riders”. This year it appears their magic and fertility worked out.

After all, everything that dies, brings life. Everything that was, will return, although in a different shape. This year Medusa’s World celebrates rebirth. Softly and quietly they’ll let everything bloom in the Castle Gardens. Medusa wants to show you the vulnerability, which is so powerful in her beauty.

When flower buds bursts open, when everybody bades in the golden sunlight, when the full grown fruit falls from the trees and bushes, that’s the moment to realise that Nature flourishes by that what it appreciates it. 

The Green Fairy

Medusa’s world presents: the Green Fairy

The Green Fairy is with us again this year, with her bittersweet drinks! Be seduced by this green muse, she will inspire you strolling as a painting; her magic ritual lets you enter a surprising dream world. Take a sip and find yourself in a place where poets, painters, artists and dreamers found inspiration in her toxic green light…

Florisimo Castlefest 2019


Meet Florisimo in all his weirdness and happiness

This drama queen with his split personality survived the darkness of the night.
An emotional tsunami almost became his end.
He refused to rot while he was buried alive.
Ready to spread his weird- and happiness once again & join the pack.

Peter Schaap

Peter Schaap is an old-timer and elevated fantasy into an art. Dream away with his tales and go along in their adventures.

Peter will be present on Saturday.

Cocky van Dijk

Cocky van Dijk is known from her successful Dragonsoul Trilogy. ‘Dragon Ice’ is her second serie. Next to being a writer Cocky is the beating heart of Publishing House Zilverspoor and Zilverbron. She writes farce comedies and musicals that are published at Theatre Publishing Vink and were translated into German. Got a manuscript of your own? Stop by and pitch your ideas at the stand of Zilverspoor and Zilverbron.

Her new book, written together with J. Sharpe, will be released at Castlefest.

Cocky will be present at: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Peter de Willis a.k.a. Gustaaf Glibber

Peter De Willis is the pseudonym of Peter van Roermund. As director and teacher he works for several theatre and film schools, as a voice teacher and actor coach. He is also known as the writer of the successful book series ‘The Books of Terra Fabula’. In the persona of Gustaaf Glibber he wrote the first book of another children’s and youth series called ‘Creepy & Co: The Monster Carnival’ and ‘The Monster Factory’.

Peter will be present at: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Gaby Raaijmakers

At the age of nine, Gaby Raaijmakers moved to an old house in Belgium, where she found plenty of inspiration for many stories. In her books, the color of your eyes determines who you are and what your status is.

Gaby will be present at: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Olivier Sted

Olivier Sted has been creating stories since childhood. Not only does he create fantasy and magical realism. He also writes non-fiction, columns and every now and then a poem. However, he doesn’t do grocery lists. That he does from his head. ‘The Mountain Builders of Metis Bidenk’ is a wonderful 80’s fantasy in a 2D world.

Olivier is present on Friday.

Dianne Arentsen

What if you are not safe anywhere? What if every movement is being watched ? What if there is an enemy that knows more about you than you know yourself? Read all about it in ‘Ithana’ and ‘Kimoh’ra’.

Dianne will be present on Saturday and Sunday.

Johan Lubbers

A cometh contains the building stones of the universe. These words are the start of a magical system and a fantastical story; ‘Doctors of the State’.

His new novel ‘Vergane glorie’ will have its release at Castlefest.

Johan will be present on Friday and Saturday.

Wouter Brink

Recently the debut novel ‘ Het Nieuwe Legioen ‘ by Wouter Brink (1991) from Haren appeared. Just a boy from the village Haren, who grew up on the Meerweg. First he went to OBS de Linde, later to the Zernike College. Then he studied English. Wouter played badminton and building model planes (gliders) was a hobby as well. The Red Thread in his life is his vivid imagination, of which he has quite a lot. As water is flowing it’s the way to the lowest point, the idea for a book developed in Wouters mind. Genre: Fantasy. It’s out now!

During his studies Wouter had to write short stories. For him these were too short to tell all the details he wrote. “So I came up with the idea of writing a book,” he says. As a lover of the fantasy genre, he devised a story about countries that do not exist, who struggle with each other for power. Raidon became his main character. Raidon’s dream of going into the army is started in his childhood. He gets an opportunity to make his greatest wish come true. The training is very intensive and the soldiers wear special armor. Raidon proves to have unique talents. He develops into the leader, and under his leadership an ancient legion with an impressive reputation comes to life again. Wouter: “In my book I describe a world that doesn’t exist, but I don’t go into too much technological details. The world I describe is inspired by the Roman Empire. ” Of course Wouters book is about good and evil.

As If he were running a crane, the words spill out of his mind. “When I have inspiration I just write loose pieces, which I don’t even know how to fit into my book,” he says. The story became longer and longer, until he decided to make it a trilogy. Part 1 has now appeared at Uitgeverij Elikser, and is also for sale in bookstores.

Johanna Lime

Her love for fantasy and science fiction developed in creating a fantasy world that resulted in three books. And there is one more to come…

Johanna Lime will be present on Sunday.

Arlieke van Remmerden

One of our debutants is Arlieke van Remmerden. She proves to be of all trades with her first novel: ‘Asquil, A Long Journey’. She designed the cover herself. ‘Asquil’ tells about Enyria, the main character, who is in search of herself. A beautiful roman where none of the characters are safe.

‘Asquil’ will have its debut at Castlefest.

Arlieke will be present at: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jacob Pot: Thorns and stars

In the distant past, the Stars would descend to Earth to bring light where darkness reigned. They would live among people, until the time came where they were forced to hide themselves behind impenetrable thorn hedges.

Today, only a few still believe in the Descended.

It was therefore highly unexpected that the Foundation of Irkin ordered Bom to investigate whether the possible last Star in the world could be found in the High Principality of Ardwyn. After all, the achievements of Illustrious Investigator Bomallin Zehaster Rigus (Bom) had, until this day, not been that noteworthy at all. He didn’t feel like undertaking the journey either. Unfortunately for him, he had no choice.

This is how the adventurous journey of Bom and his ten apprentices begins.

Along the way, two new apprentices join Bom on his journey: the unusual Leer, who has been waiting all his life for an opportunity to look for Stars, and a woman from Tautir, Sea-anemone.

After arriving in Ardwyn, Bom is able to travel freely through the domain without exposing his quest, by getting himself the commission to investigate the mysterious travel pipes connecting the empire’s fifty-three countries.

The question remains whether Bom will successfully complete his journey. And more importantly: will he reach his destiny? Or is he just a side-character in Leer’s story, searching for his Star?


A fantasy tale that breathes its own, distinct, strange atmosphere. A story with deeper layers, but also a light-hearted rascal novel.

The writer Jacob Pot (1960) works in The Hague, but lives in Gouda, the city that holds an insignia surrounded by a circle of thorns. No wonder that the story about Illustrious Investigator Bom is interlaced with the theme “through the thorns to the stars”.