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For this 2020 edition of the Fantasy Awards we have the following categories.

Best Stand

The people have chosen! And the category we will most surely add to the long list is: "Best Stand"!

Markets and catering stands are an essential part of the fantasy festivals. Without food and drinks we wouldn't survive the weekends, without the market, the festivals would be pretty boring!

Many of us spend hours at festivals, walking amongst the market stands and getting our favourite meal or drink. Though, most of us do not know the amount of hard work and time that goes into providing you all with these options.

The long hours at festivals, the build up the days before, the breaking down after the festivals, getting stock, preparing meals, traveling to select the best products, handcrafting the products, everything that goes into keeping a stand up and running demands a massive amount of commitment and we are happy to recognise and award that hard work.

But first, you all need to vote for which stand/sales/catering you loved most in 2019! This long list runs from the 26th of November to the 10th of December!

Vote now for the long list at https://fantasy-awards.com/beststand.

Best Live Act

Where would the world of Fantasy and Folk be without its music, and especially its live performances? These amazing and energetic artists bring life to the whole scene while on stage, and so it is time to put them in a different kind of spotlight! Which band do you feel gave the Best Live Act in 2019? Who brought the best combination of stage presence, musical artistry and vibrancy to the crowd? Which performance moved you the most?

As usual we have provided an initial list of bands that you can vote for, but feel free to add whichever band you feel fits this topic best! This long list will run from the 29th of November untill the 13th of December, after which the top five bands will form the shortlist to compete for the award.

Vote now for the long list at https://fantasy-awards.com/bestliveact.

Best Festival (L)

The award for best festival Benelux has been a steady category for the Fantasy Awards. People love festival and love going to festivals but handing out an award for them has always been a little controversial.

The biggest festivals are the most popular and have so many followers/visitors, so naturally they do get a lot of votes, but does this mean they are the best? Maybe they are, maybe that is why they have so many people who love them. But what about these beautiful small festivals that makes every visitor feel like family, that make people smile and feel alive as well? Do they not deserve recognition as well? And what about the beautiful and awesome festivals everywhere else?

With this in mind, it was decided that this year we are doing things a little bit different. Besides that we are going international with the festivals, meaning we include festivals from all countries, we are also splitting it up the festivals into 2 groups. Meaning that this year you can vote for your favourite big festival international and for your favourite small festival international.

The size of the festival will be determined by the amount of Facebook followers they have. This is done so that everybody can see the way we differentiate between the festivals. Originally, it was the idea to go with visitor numbers but these numbers are often difficult to find by the general public and we didn’t want you all to go and call these organisations with these questions.

So, the rule is:
Big festival is: all festivals with more than 10.000 likes on Facebook.
Small festival is: all festivals with less than 10.000 likes on Facebook.

For each category there will be a long list where you can add your favourite festival or vote for it if it is already there. After the long list has run for two weeks, we will add the top 5 to our short lists. The short lists are the last voting round and will start in January.

Vote now for the long list at https://fantasy-awards.com/bestfestivallarge.

Best Festival (S)

The award for best festival Benelux has been a steady category for the Fantasy Awards. People love a good festival and love going to them, but handing out an award for them has always been a little controversial.

The biggest festivals are the most popular and have so many followers/visitors, so naturally they do get a lot of votes, but does this mean they are the best? Maybe they are, maybe that is why they have so many people who love them. But what about these beautiful small festivals that makes every visitor feel like family, that make people smile and feel alive as well? Do they not deserve recognition as well? And what about the beautiful and awesome festivals everywhere else?

With this in mind, it was decided that this year we are doing things a little bit different. Besides that we are going international with the festivals, meaning we include festivals from all countries, we are also splitting it up the festivals into 2 groups. Meaning that this year you can vote for your favourite big festival international and for your favourite small festival international.

The size of the festival will be determined by the amount of Facebook followers they have. This is done so that everybody can see the way we differentiate between the festivals. Originally, it was the idea to go with visitor numbers but these numbers are often difficult to find by the general public and we didn’t want you all to go and call these organisations with these questions.

So, the rule is:
Big festival is: all festivals with more than 10.000 likes on Facebook.
Small festival is: all festivals with less than 10.000 likes on Facebook.

For each category there will be a long list where you can add your favourite festival or vote for it if it is already there. After the long list has run for two weeks, we will add the top 5 to our short lists. The short lists are the last voting round and will start in January.

Vote now for the long list at https://fantasy-awards.com/bestfestivalsmall.

Best Costume

Costumes give a lot of colour and spectacle to the fantasy festivals we all so enjoy, and because of that, and the effort that people put into them, the Fantasy Awards will once again feature an award for 'Best Costume'. Some amazing costumes have been sent in and we have gathered them in an album on our Facebook page as a long list.

Please head on over to vote for your favourite costume! Voting is open from the 6th of December 19.00 CET until the 20th of December 19.00 CET, after which we will gather all your votes. The top 5 costumes will then go on to form the short list to compete for the award. For this short list we have both a jury and a people’s voting system. We will aim to select a jury which is both knowledgeable and fair. This means that 50% of the points will be given by a jury and 50% by the number of votes that the costume receives.

Information on the method of judging are being finalised and will be on this website soon.

Voting on the entries is possible at https://fantasy-awards.com/bestcostume.

Best Photo

Throughout the year there are many, many events that take place all over the world. From intimate concerts to massive festivals, from street performances to album release events. And during these events there are huge amounts of sights to be seen. From a band performing on stage to the crowd going wild, from entertainers enthralling their audience to merchants selling their wares. All these sights together make up the wonderful world of Fantasy and Folk, and we would love to see everything, but of course it is simply impossible to be everywhere all the time.

Enter the photographers! It is through their eyes that we can experience more than just where our feet can take us. Their images transport us to that beauty that so captivates us, and each and every one of them has their own style of shooting. That is what makes the next award so interesting! We are of course talking about the award for Best Photo!

Over the last few weeks photographers have send in their best photo of 2019 and from these entries we have made an album on Facebook. You can like the pictures you love most, eventually the 5 photos with the most likes will continue to the final round where a jury will score the pictures.

Information on the method of judging are being finalised and will be on this website soon.

The voting on the photo's is possible from the 3rd of December 19.00 CET until the 17th of December 19.00 CET at https://fantasy-awards.com/bestphoto.

Best Album

We all know artists that we would like to take home with us after a show. Unfortunately there are laws against that, so we do not recommend trying to drag musicians into your car. However, years ago, some very clever people invented a sollution to that problem: the album! Artists put their heart and soul into these collections of musical art and so in this way you can indeed take a piece of them home with you. Each year hundreds, maybe thousands, of these gems are produced, and each year at the Fantasy Awards we want to know from you: what was you favourite folk music album of the year? Let us know through your votes, and maybe the band will win “Best Album 2019”!

As usual we have provided an initial list of albums that you can vote for, but feel free to add whichever one you feel fits this topic best! Keep in mind that it has to be a folk album, and it has to have been released in 2019. This long list will run from the 19th of November untill the 3rd of December, after which the top five albums will form the shortlist to compete for the award.

Vote now for the long list at https://fantasy-awards.com/bestalbum.

Best Video

In this day and age online presence is more important than ever for an artist or band. Streaming services have for a large part replaced hard copy music releases, online radio creates a global reach for local bands, and then there are the videos! Youtube, as a main platform, has provided a breeding ground for even more artistic expression than ever before, enabling musicians to fulfill their vision of a complete production, from writing, recording and mixing, up to the point of telling the story of the song in all its intended detail, whether that means they are productions of live performances or full blown epic stories. Note that we are looking for more than mobile phone footage. The video needs to have been edited, produced and mixed in a (semi-)professional way.

With all the effort being put into these amazing productions, obviously we wanted to give them the attention they deserve, so this year there will be a Fantasy Award for Best Video! As usual we have provided an initial list of videos, but please feel free to add your own favourites! The only conditions are that they have to be music videos of folk music, and that they were released in 2019. This long list will run from the 22nd of November 19.00 CET until the 6th of December 19.00 CET, after which the top 5 will become the shortlist, to be published at a later date, and from this list you will be able to choose which one deserves the title of Best Video 2019.

Vote now for the long list at https://fantasy-awards.com/bestvideo and check out all the videos at https://fantasy-awards.com/bestvideoplaylist.

Line-Up

The Line Up For The Fantasy Awards

SeeD Pagan Folk

Melodic tunes, dancing like goblins, tales of worlds behind the portals, all brought to you, wrapped up in a pagan folk package! That is SeeD Pagan Folk and they will take the Fantasy awards to the Faerie realms! Line up for this event is: Sara, Koen, Lars, Robin, and Joe!

Foto by Kees Stravers

Wim te Groen

This amazing pianist is known for his beautiful Balfolk music. From the moment he starts to play his "Eerste Mazurka" (first Mazurka) the dance pairs rush onto the dancefloor to not leave until the set is over. So come join the dance at the Fantasy Awards!

Foto by Orkfotografie

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Four years ago, the lovely people of Bastaard, decided to think of a way to honour all the hard work that goes into the Dutch and Belgian fantasy scene. From the event organisers, volunteers to the musicians, everybody worked year-round to give people the best time of their life. So, to reward these people for all their hard work, Bastaard created the Fantasy Awards. Every year, before the beginning of the festival season in the beginning of March, the Awards were handed out to those festival-organisations, musician, photographers and many more to thank them for their efforts in the year before.

Now five years later, as life moves forward and other responsibilities mounted, the people of Bastaard found themselves less and less able to give these awards the attention they deserve. Thus, they went looking for somebody or group to take over the organisation of such an event. At CeltCast we were honoured that they looked towards us! And so, following our own fifth anniversary, we are proud to say that CeltCast will be organising and hosting this fifth edition of the Fantasy Awards! Please browse this website to find all of the information you can possibly want, about the categories, how to vote, and which entertainment to expect! If you want to know more about CeltCast please visit our website at www.celtcast.com

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