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Oma Wolletje

It’s the year is 1513, the early age of discovery, a time of turmoil and war. This is the era in which Oma Wolletje lives.

A family that tries to keep the trade of their late grandfather alive under the guidance of their grandmother.
Alongside her children, sons in law and grandchildren Oma Wolletje works hard to eke out a living. It’s a hard life but, as a family they have a good life.

The sheep are tended to by the little ones. The older children help with spinning, weaving and needle binding the wool. Her sons in law occupy themselves with other trades to support the family. One is a baker and leatherworker, the other is a blacksmith and will meet any request with enthusiasm.

While life is harsh during the winter, they remain a warm and welcoming family that invites everyone to join them around the fire for some warmth. And if they are lucky they just might be able to join in on a simple but delicious home cooked meal.

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Winter Ritual

Like previous editions of the Castlefest Winter Edition we would like to take a moment to stand together with all of you during the Winter Ritual. A moment of reflection and silence.

We’re in the last weeks of the calendar year, a time where trees lose their leaves and nature continues to die off, a time where days are getting shorter. This is the moment where we would like to reflect on warmth and light. The warmth of friendship and love, the warmth of fire that is warming us. The light that seems so far away in these dark days, but we know it will come back soon. The light that will ensure that nature will rebuild and be strong once again. The light that is so needed in these sometimes dark world filled with hatred and sadness. Let the warmth and light present in ourselves shine and let’s celebrate love!

The ritual will be led  by Taloch of The Dolmen.

 

Lifestyle Square: wooldreads, barbershop and henna!

Do you want to begin the month of December with beautiful (wool) dreads or a skilfully shaven beard? Make sure to visit the Great Hall during the Castlefest Winter Edition. Here you will find Hats’ n Dreads, specialized in everything for the finest wooldreads. You can also take a seat at Mad Daddy’s Barbershop, who will give you a professional shave, so that you can finish No-Shave November in style. Furthermore you can have a unique henna tattoo at Hennali; a wonderful addition to your costume!

The ladies and gentlemen of the Lifestyle square will be ready for you both days; will we see you there?

Time schedule

The program of the Castlefest Winter Edition is complete and we like to share the schedule with you. Check it out and be sure not to miss a single note of your favorite bands!

 

Studio Epona

This Castlefest Winter Edition, for the very first time, there will be a demonstration in hand poked tattoos. Bianca van der Hulst from Studio Epona will show one of the techniques used to decorate the body before the invention of tattoo machines. By poking small dots in the skin with a needle, also known as dotwork, she creates images that last a life time. The designs she makes are inspired by old Celtic and Norse art on which she gave her own artistic spin. Because this is purely a demonstration, it will not be possible to be tattooed as a visitor of the event. If you are interested in this, you are of course always very welcome to make an appointment in the studio. Please feel free to inquire!

Heeren van Altena

Heeren van Altena ( Lords of Altena) is an early 15th century living history group.

At the Castlefest Winter Edition they will demonstrate several medieval crafts and Historical European Martial Arts. The Knights of Altena will enter any battlefield under the banner of yellow with red salmons.Have you ever wondered how an armor works and how heavy it is? What did our ancestors eat in the 15th century? How did they tailor the most beautiful garments? If so do not be afraid to step into our camp and we will explain and show you.

Sowulo

Sowulo maakt ‘Viking Folk’, muziek geïnspireerd door het paganisme.

De rituele muziek neemt je mee op een reis naar binnen. De akoestische muziek viert het paganistische erfgoed. 
Het doel van dit muziek project is om ons spiritueel erfgoed dieper te beleven en te delen. Sowulo brengt dit niet alleen tot uiting in hun mooie conceptuele muziek, maar ook door ieder optreden ritueel te openen.

Hun eerste album, Alvenrad, was toegewijd aan de paganistische jaarfeesten en de vier seizoenen die onze jaarcyclus kent. Het vervolg album, SOL, is een akoestische album en bevat een stijlvolle mix van nieuwe en oude muziek, opgenomen exclusief met akoestische instrumenten. Een groot deel van de thematiek wordt normaal besteed aan de zon, en de cycli die hieruit voortkomen. Toch zal dit album wat aardser klinken, met meer uptempo liederen.

Sowulo speelt op zaterdag op de Castlefest Winter Editie.

Jaco Koster

With the Scottish Bagpipe, Jaco Koster will amuse you with many Scottish and Celtic tunes. The music changes throughout the performance; beautiful and touching slow airs to exciting jigs and reels. Many cheerful tunes which will be familiar to the audience will also be played. The music takes you on a journey to the Scottish Highlands and beyond. You will not regret stopping by to listen to this!

Prima Nocta

Prima Nocta produces an extravagant mixture of rock ,Celtic folk music and many other styles. With the addition of traditional instruments like bouzouki on top of the drums, every song is made to jump and party. Full of energy, and passion for music, it is hard to resist the sheer force of their love for music and life!

Prima Nocta plays on Sunday at the Castlefest Winter Edition.

Twibv

twibv consists of a group of friends also happen to make music, under a band name that is really not as complicated as you may think. The band was formed in 2011 as an excuse to play music together, and has grown into a serious project with mainly original material. We play our songs and tell our stories, from comedy to tragedy and everything in between, in many different languages. We use a wide variety of instruments but mainly lots of humour, even in the songs that are actually about death and misery.

Are you wondering what the letters in ‘twibv’ stand for? It’s a secret. But we look forward to hearing your craziest guesses!

twibv plays on Saturday at the Castlefest Winter Edition.