June 28 to july 2,2023 Festival Op Roakeldais
Op Roakeldais is the biggest annual festival for international folkdance and -music in the Netherlands. The festival is organized for over 55 years every year. Op Roakeldais is held in the last weekend of June in Warffum.It is our goal to have dance groups from all over the world of a high artistic level participate in the festival and we want the audience to enjoy a wide diversity of participating countries. The Op Roakeldais festival is characterized by a special atmosphere of fraternization. The dancers are hospitably received in host families for a week, making Op Roakeldais their second home for a while. Op Roakeldais Festival is a CIOFF-festival.
On the program:
- Shows with all the dancegroups
- Shows with Bands and DJ’s
- Wokshops: Dance, Play and Music
- Activities for children: Kid’s Playground (Wednesday) and Program for the Schools
- Theme Night: Latin Night
- Dance Parade, in the streets of Warffum
- Dance Together: After the Show on Saturday the public can learn a dance fromevery dance group. The dancers mingle with the public and they dance together.
During the program after the Shows young and old can enjoy a lot of live music. From regional bands to (inter)national artists. The Op Rikodais DJ team is also always there foryou so there is something to dance!Come and discover your own dance talent in one of the workshops or listen to the artist performing.Dance with the World
On Wednesday evening we welcome all the dance groups. After wefestivelybrought in the flags of the countries with a parade to the festival site, there is a informal program. Dance groups and volunteers do a game show together to have fun and get to know each other.
Traveling with Thijs (primary schools)
Thursday and Friday morning the primary school children go ‘Traveling with Thijs’. Explorer Thijs takes the kids on a trip around the world. Together they board the plain of pilot ‘Ben Laagvlieger’. They travel to the countries of the dance groups. The dance groups teach the children something about their country, the language and culture during this interactive sho
Thursday evening is the Opening Nightof the festival. The general public, including invited guests and dignitaries, can experience the shows of the dance groups for the first time. The show starts with a joint opening act.
Op Roakeldais Experience (High schools).
ORX is a program for the High schools in the region. In the run-up to the festival, an interactive teaching program will be offered at school where you will meet peers from the countries where the dance groups come from. Youare working together on parts of the Friday afternoon program during Op Roakeldais. During the show on Friday afternoon, those parts and the participants come together.
In addition to the Friday night performance, it’s time for a steamy Latin American party. DJs, workshops, dance performances and a live band ensure a steaming dance party.
On Saturday afternoon, the dance groups will march through the streets of Warffum in a festive parade, singing and dancing. This colorful whole invites you to visit the festival. Before the Parade there are small workshops, jam sessions and a culinary market in the center of the village
Party Night / Dance Together
Saturday night is the party night of Op Roakeldais. In addition to the performance, there is a full program with a party band, DJs and the Dance Together. After the performance, all dance groups teach the audience one of their dances.
Sunday afternoon it’s already time for the last show. All dance groups perform one last time for the audience. They put their best foot forward to makeit even more special. Together we close the show with a special final performance.