Oranjewoud Festival

Oranjewoud Festival is a multifaceted, stimulating and approachable international classical music festival. As an organization, we brim with new ideas and do not rest until we have realized them. Our mission is to keep classical music alive, inspiring and moving in order to touch the minds and hearts of current and future audiences. Put more simply: classical lives and we let it be seen, heard and felt.

Behind the classical tradition lies an enormous wealth that we cherish passionately. This is precisely why innovation is central to us. This manifests itself from location-specific concerts to pan-cultural connections. We strengthen the bond between our visitors and the music by constantly renewing it and connecting it to the audience's experiences. In addition, we act as a catalyst, developer and supporter of creators and musicians.

General vision

We believe that art, music in particular, is an essential part of human society because of the intrinsic value it inherently has and the instrumental value it can occupy. Where things like prosperity, health, education and safety are necessary building blocks for a well-functioning society, art and culture form the specie in between. They provide cohesion, solidity and flexibility and form an answer to polarizing forces and disruptive elements in society. Art must live, develop and have the opportunity to inspire as many different people as possible.

We believe that art, music in particular, is an essential part of human society

Artistic vision

In classical music, tradition and innovation are not opposites but two sides of the same coin. The appeal of a composition lies precisely in the ever new forms that a piece can take. That makes it tangible and accessible to anyone who wants to be touched by it.


Oranjewoud Festival wants you to see, hear and feel that classical music is alive and well. It is committed in a variety of ways to keeping the genre current and relevant now and in the future.

More than a party

On the front end, Oranjewoud Festival is a celebration where a wide audience feels at home: from classical-music lovers and cultural adventurers to families with children. We connect high quality with low barriers and contribute to putting Friesland on the cultural map. Thus we contribute to the attractiveness of the region for both residents and visitors from home and abroad.

On the back end, we invest in education and participation projects. By doing so, we want to make a modest but essential contribution to a cohesive society. For us, participation means that everyone must be able to participate, including people in isolated positions.


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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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