Program booklet 2017

‘t Ambachts Ghylde

Always wanted to know how pottery is made? How to cook medieval dishes on an open fire? Or how to use a spindle to make yarn out of raw fleece from sheep? Or do you want to felt your own woolen bracelet, or braid a mouse from straw? Well, during Keltfest it’s all possible: for the fourth year in a row the Ambachts Ghylde has it’s own little settlement here at Keltfest!

You can always find something to do in our camp. Whether you want to be creative yourself or you just want to look how a craftsman makes his/her own creations. Besides that you can also visit us to try, or buy our handmade items. Like tasting sweet honey from our own bees, or buying shiny jewelry made from straw, or have a look at our beautiful clay pottery and our freaky hats and scarfs made from wool. All handmade by our craftsmen.

Pax Romana

Right in the middle of the Celtic barbarism, one small Roman camp firmly holds its ground. They are the Pax Romana Society. This group represents Romans as they lived in the Netherlands during the 1st century AD. Although the Celtic and Roman encounters sometimes didn’t went well, the Romans did leave us information about the Celts. The cultural barrier between Celts and Romans was a large one, but both cultures tended to learn about each other and exchanged knowledge. Keeping the soldiers in shape is the number one priority in the Roman army. Besides that numerous tasks have to be done in the military camp. In the civilian camp you might find craftsmen like the woodworker and the cook. But not all these civilians are Roman. Several Celtic civilians have come to trade with the Romans. Celtic products and raw materials are traded with the Romans in exchange for ceramics or coins.


Gwylan is an Early Iron Age group, 800 BC from the south-west of the Netherlands. 

We demonstrate different technics like flintknapping, basketery, weaving, needle binding, pottery. Our camp is as historical correct as possible. Almost everything you see is made by us.

We have a great knowledge of prehistory, so don’t hesitate to ask!


Bloodaxes of Cweorth

Meet The Bloodaxes of Cweorth, a viking family with origins in 10th century Denmark. We love to tell you all about our way of living; we eat, play, cook, cast the runestones for you and entertain you and your childeren with our stories, our handcrafts and ..we may even let you look into our cookingpot… Want to play Hnefatafl with us or try some handcrafting yourself? We promise not to raid or robb you, we are friendly and peaceful. Just don’t irritate the big guy or the wolf and you’ll be fine.

Tim Talesman

For years Tim Talesman is telling stories in his own way about myths, sagas and fairytales. Heroes, Gods and monsters will all be present. Not only ancient stories, but new ones are being told as well. So drop by and go along to far away places and beautiful adventures.

Marsanta Suibhai

We at Marsanta Suibhail (which is Celtic for traveling merchant and is pronounced ‘Marsant’a Shu-ul’) have a Celtic background and get our stuff we sell through barter during our trip through Europe. From wood and bone, we make objects, handicrafts and jewelry tools such as spoons, wooden needles and crochet hooks, which we also sell and use to make jewelry and woolen hats. During our stay we demonstrate these crafts and give explanation on this. But a short workshop is also possible!

Because we are witches and because of emerging witches persecution we can never stay too long in one area. This allows us to come in contact with many people where we would barter with businesses as well as things to learn, so for example we learned needle binding and lucetkoord making from the Vikings. But this traveling around is also dangerous and therefore we are both skilled in using the sword and axe.


Plunder is a pirate partyfolk band from Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The band makes danceable Dutch songs and chanteys about desire, love and freedom and always get the party going. Plunder consists of five enthusiasts with authentic instruments and the need to make music. Influenced by various styles such as Irish folk, balkan, country, ska and klezmer the group creates their own rousing and energetic sound. With a gig of this bunch of troublemakers every place they visit will definitely be plundered! 


Of course Balfolk with Emelie and Wen will be on Keltfest again this year.

While, in the old days, the upper class was dancing boring walses, the plebeians were having a party much more fun!! They danced their own kind of dances which nowadays are known as balfolk. For centuries balfolk brings people together to enjoy dance and live music.
Emelie and Wen will explain the basics of different dances step by step in this introduction workshop. Everybody can join, with or without dancing experience, young or old, farmer or princes, troll or fairy.
We can enjoy the dances we’ve learned straightaway while listening to the lovely music of Wouter en de Draak (Wouter and the Dragon).


‘Twibv’ was created as an excuse for a group of friends to play music together, but quickly grew to be a fully fledged folk-pop band with original material. Playing music and telling stories, that’s what we love to do. Whether these stories originate in literature, poetry, nature, our own experiences or our imagination doesn’t really matter. We use an enormous variety of instruments (the counter is almost at 15!), different languages and most importantly: plenty of humour, even in songs about death and tragedy. Using (among other things) piano, ukulele, violin, whistles, cajon and vocals, we’re about to tell you a few of our favourite tales.
In 2015, we made a short cd named ‘Snippets’, and at the moment we’re busy writing and recording plenty of new tracks. What do the letters in ‘Twibv’ stand for, you ask? That’s a secret. But we’re open to your craziest suggestions…!

Twibv plays on Saturday at Keltfest.


Sprookspreker is a medieval Dutch word for storyteller. This year, the Sprookspreker returns to Keltfest to tell his most beautiful tales from the Celtic world. With great enthusiasm he brings his audience to green fields or misty mountains where the epic tales for ancient Ireland or medieval Scotland take place. With a little chest filled with stories, The Sprookspreker travels around the world. For every story, there’s a object in his chest. The audience day-dreams of heroes and giants, magical potions and wizards, kings and princesses while he tells his tales. Stories by the Sprookspreker are always suitable for all ages.

Open Irish Trad Session

Open Irish Trad Session with The Fierce Mild Diddly!

Come and play in the Open Trad Session with the Fierce Mild Diddly. Sing, play, spin a good yarn, do what you do best and don’t forget to mingle and exchange music and have a pint (or two). It’s in the Spiegeltent between gigs! See you there!


Deuoxtonion literally means : “Of Gods and People”.

Deuoxtonion is a group of volunteers with a passion for early history in Flanders, specifically the Iron Age. The image most people picture of Iron Age culture is still largely influenced by the very biased story of Gaius Iulius Caesar and therefore incorrect. Our living history project tries to give a truthful impression of daily life in an extended family in Flanders around the year 60 B.C. Let´s say, just before Roman legions began wreaking havoc in these parts of Northern Europe.

Kelten zonder Grenzen

Kelten zonder Grenzen is a band around the two harpists Lies and Coca. They play with regular and unregulated guest musicians, but always full of joy and with a wild passion for music. They let their harps sing, from wild to dreamy, inspired by West-European balfolk music, striking sunlight and cappuccino with a large amount of frothed milk-foam.


It’s always good to stay at the small encampment of Brannii, the fire is always lit for warmth, tea and/or dinner. The occupants will show you life as it was in the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, the time of the Celts, in the Netherlands and surrounding areas.

You can see how they cook on open fire and how the clothing is made. They can show you how to work leather, wood and metal into wonderful and useful items, and can teach you about herbs, nature, life itself and even death.

The Branii-men will even pick up arms when their encampment is threatened!

So come visit Branii and let them take you back to the time of the Celts.