About the festival


Based on our general vision and specific mission, we continue to constantly strive for social and cultural diversity, participation and blending of worlds. We do this by collaborating with elementary schools, adopting an accessible pricing policy, partnering with a variety of social-societal organizations, integrating performances by the non-Western musicians from the Atlas Ensemble with the Family Zone and with participation programs aimed at individuals and families in disadvantaged positions, with or without a migration background. A performance by the Unlimited Ensemble in which mentally disabled and professional musicians play together also contributes to this.

With the structural appointment of Marieke Jissink as employee participation in 2022, Oranjewoud Festival shows ambition to develop the festival into a place where everyone can feel at home and connect with others in a casual way. The festival is building an enthusiastic and solid network in the social domain.

Photo Lucas Kemper

Collaborative partners

The festival focuses on building an enthusiastic and solid network. Concrete results have already been achieved with the following social partners:

  • Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA), Burgum and Leeuwarden locations.
  • Alliade (Wille location in Joure)
  • Wender (location De Marene in Leeuwarden)
  • Integration schools Stavoor and Firda
  • Around Care (Tromptheater)
  • Accessibility Working Group
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Celebrate Life Foundation

Other projects

Unlimited Ensemble
The long-standing cooperation with music therapist Stephan Mooibroek's Unlimited Ens emble will continue in 2024. In the ensemble, people with intellectual disabilities play with professional musicians. The underlying vision is that musical expression should be viewed separately from mental and physical abilities. The Unlimited Ensemble collaborates with Care Group Alliade. Its presentation is scheduled at the FB Oranjewoud Pavilion in the Overtuin and is usually well attended by family members of the participants and general festival audiences.


Wing for Wings
Wing for Wings is an insect hotel made from an old concert grand piano, donated for this purpose by Piano's Maene and will be visibly displayed at the busy entrance to Festivalhart de Proeftuin during the festival. With this we ask attention for biodiversity in a playful way. The grand piano will be converted into an insect hotel by students of the VMBO Aeres in Heerenveen, under the supervision of ecologist Gerard Tamminga. Although these young people did not visit the festival in 2023 themselves, it was nice to see that it did provide food for conversation among both the young people themselves and the school's teachers and managers. We will therefore explore with Aeres in 2024 how we can expand this collaboration. The wing, wintering in a Groningen garden, can then also be worked on further.

Photo Lucas Kemper

Give a Gift

When you buy one or more festival tickets, you are given the opportunity to buy an extra ticket for someone who would like to attend a concert, but cannot afford it. The extra tickets bought in this way will reach interested parties via, among others, Voedselbank Heerenveen.

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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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