The Festival as Classroom

In the new Family Zone at Oranjewoud Festival , children become true art makers. Under the expert guidance of several festival musicians, the children transform into instrument makers, composers and artists at the same time. Enjoyed under rustling trees with bare toes in the grass, the music performance at the end becomes a real experience. Who ever said that lessons and a party can't go together?

Epos Ensemble_Photo _ Photo 2

On May 26, 2023, six elementary schools will visit The Festival as a Classroom. In 2024, there will be 12, spread over the mornings of May 30 and 31.


Some of the workshops involve working together on a mini-opera. That mini-opera will be played as a prelude to the performance at the end of the morning; thus, all the children contribute to the result. The mini-opera is performed by the musicians of the Epos Ensemble and some of the workshop leaders.

  • Overture - With the musicians of the Epos ensemble (performance), the groups will work together to create an overture/opening piece for the opera
  • Serenade - A workshop in singing together; rehearse a song together with a combination of body percussion and singing.
  • DoeJeDingDong - An improvisation workshop involving creating a composition in the moment (probably with graphic scores)
  • Decorette - Here the children create the scenery for the mini-opera.
  • FlashOpera - The music and songs of the mini-opera scenes are created here.
  • Stoplight Orchestra - The most musical version of stop dance ever! And are you finished? Then join the orchestra to play along.
  • SoundMemory - A living memory game! The children all have a card with a sound written on it; two children stand in front of the group and must take turns to find the sounds together.
  • Text Factory - The children come up with the lyrics of the mini-opera together; we call this a libretto.
  • Adventure Forest - Children do a selection of tasks found in the Adventure Forest during the weekend.

Final performance

At the end of the program, while the birds twitter carefree in the surrounding trees, the children can enjoy an interactive performance The Revenge of Lorre by the Epos Ensemble. As a pre-show, the performance will be on stage that the children created that morning.


8.45-9.15 a.m. - Arrival at the Overtuin
9.10 a.m. - Welcome and explanation by Anne-Maartje and Remy
and official opening by Alderman Hedwich Rinkes
9.30-10.30 a.m. - Workshops 1 and 2 (in groups of 15 students)
10.30-11:00 a.m. - Lemonade break
11:00-12:00 a.m. - Workshops 3 and 4 (in groups of 15 students)
12:15-12:25 p.m. - Performance created by the students
12:30-13:15 p.m. - Final performance The Revenge of Lorre

Didactic and practical features

  • Connection to school/themes: creative subjects, music, heritage, world orientation
  • K&C skills: create, present, research, open attitude, collaborate, work independently
  • Key objectives 54, 55, 56
  • Target Group 6-8
  • Duration 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • Location The Overtuin in Oranjewoud (festival site)

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Oranjewoud Festival is a low-threshold, multifaceted and stimulating music festival in the fairytale parkland of Oranjewoud near Heerenveen (Friesland) | May 30 to June 2, 2024

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