Update

Update on the state of the Awards on March 13th

We all know by now that the Corona pandemic forced us to postpone the Fantasy Awards, but fear not!

Out of the ashes a beautiful phoenix will arise... the Fantasy Awards will be held on the 13th of June 2020!

Line-Up

The Line Up For The Fantasy Awards

17:45 - 01:00
Starts at 18:15

Balfolk Workshop by Berit

To start the evening off the right way we will get you moving! Berit will be hosting a balfolk workshop, and whether you've been dancing for ages or you're only just taking your first steps in this wonderful world of folk dancing, she will have you flying across the dancefloor in no time!

Photo by Marielle Groot Obbink Photography
Starts at 18:40

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!

Photo by Orkfotografie
Starts at 21:25

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!

Photo by Kees Stravers
Starts at 22:55

Ball Noir

A unique blend of dark electronic metal mixed with accoustic (bal)folk music. At least, that's what Ball Noir describes itself as. Though they will be focussing their set at the Fantasy Awards more towards the balfolk side of their repertoire, they are sure to end the Fantasy Awards night with a bang!

Photo by André Willemse Photography
Starts at 19:40

Mojra

Mojra first entered “our” world when she gave a workshop at the Castlefest Academy on how to be yourself without any excuses. During this workshop she sang a beautiful song that hit home and after a request from CeltCast she recorded “An Raibh Tu Ar An Gcarraig” which immediately became CeltCast's Monthly Marker because of its sheer beauty. She will enchant you too, when she shows her skills during the “15 minutes of fame” set.

Photo by Lieke Anna Photography
Starts at 19:55

Fabis Tunes

Whether it's gentle melodic tunes with Brisinga or stomping power with Storm Seeker, Fabi always delivers! Now she has started a solo project with Fabis Tunes, and her first ever solo live performance will be during the “15 minutes of fame” set at the Fantasy Awards!

Photo by Marielle Groot Obbink Photography
Starts at 20:30

Philip Steenbergen

A veteran of the folkscene, well known from formations such as Omnia, LEAF, Saffron Sun and Withershins, Philip has recently released his first solo album “Prelude”. He will be giving us a taste from that album during the “15 minutes of fame” set.

Photo by Cliff de Booy
Starts at 20:45

Štĕpán Honc

A familiar face throughout Europe with his band PerKelt, playing their own style of Pagan Speed Folk, Štĕpán really wanted to be a part of the Fantasy Awards, and who would say no to that? Not all bandmembers were able to come, so eventhough he doesn't have a solo project he will be playing a solo set during the “15 minutes of fame” at the Fantasy Awards show.

Photo by Marielle Groot Obbink Photography

Atelier Avera

Linda isn't just an amazing treasurer for the CeltCast Foundation, she is a very talented jeweler with a distinct style, that appeals to many! That is why we are proud to introduce her stand at the Fantasy Awards market, where she will be showing off her beautiful pieces. Be quick to browse her stand, as she might sell everything from the start, but you can also talk to her about commissions and custom work as well.

Hollow Moon Art

Not only is Nelleke of Hollow Moon Art quite the apparition herself, with her long blonde dreads and her outspoken style, her art is also next level! She makes some amazing artwork, ranging from colouring books to complete full colour paintings, but the jewelry she makes almost transports you to another realm, the wonderful world of the Hollow Moon!

Jeracraft Ricewriting

The entire world can fit on a grain of rice, if you ask the people behind Jeracraft Ricewriting. Although they make it look easy when working on thier craft, when you see the finished product you simply can't imagine how they got that tiny work of art on that even tiinier looking grain of rice! Come see their work at the market during the event!

Friendly Folk

Friendly Folk has been a staple in the folk music scene for quite some time now. Kathy brings not only some big names to the stages and CD racks, Friendly Folk also provides a platform for up and coming new artists and bands so that they too can shine and add to the wonderful world of folk music! Come visit Friendly Folk's stand at the market to discover great new music, or to talk to Kathy about your own projects!

Fabula Vestimenta

Fabula Vestimenta isn't just a company that makes beautiful clothing, all of it is made with the idea that we shouldn't leave the world in shambles for our following generations. So that means sustainable materials, preferably locally sourced, with a guarantee of no cheap third world labour, while at the same time keeping costs down so that everyone can feel happy and beautiful! Now, if that doesn't deserve a spot on our market...

Cathinca van Sprundel

Cathinca van Sprundel is a talented Fantasy writer, who has had several of her stories and books published. Her work is influenced heavily by the fantasy genre, but also by the Mabinogion, the ancient Welsh tales that tell stories of heroes and magic. Stop by her stand on the market and be amazed by her tellings of other worlds intertwined with magic and emotions!

Tovenaar

Robin is not only a wizard with logo's, after all, he's the one that designed the original CeltCast logo, his artwork is out of this world! During the Fantasy Awards event you will be able to find some of his pieces on various locations throughout the venue, especially around the merchandise stands of both SeeD Pagan Folk and CeltCast in the main area. Some of his artwork however will be quite mobile, as Tovenaar is also a tattoo artist and some of his pieces will be moving about!

Categories

The Categories

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.

Voting has been closed as of the 1st of March. Please check out the end results at the Fantasy Awards on the 14th!

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?

Voting has been closed as of the 1st of March. Please check out the end results at the Fantasy Awards on the 14th!

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.

Voting has been closed as of the 1st of March. Please check out the end results at the Fantasy Awards on the 14th!

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.

Voting has been closed as of the 1st of March. Please check out the end results at the Fantasy Awards on the 14th!

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.

Voting has been closed as of the 1st of March. Please check out the end results at the Fantasy Awards on the 14th!

Please do keep in mind that 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.

Best Debut

In the past year we have received music from new bands or projects, some from artists who have been around longer in this scene, some from acts we were lucky enough to watch perform for the first time this year and others completely new to us.

Which ever the case, it was in 2019 they decided to release their first full-length album to the public and what better way than to support their work with a dedicated category? Which, of course, is exactly what we did.

Because not all newly released material is known to everybody, a selected team within CeltCast worked hard on creating the "Best Debut" shortlist.

Voting has been closed as of the 1st of March. Please check out the end results at the Fantasy Awards on the 14th!

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.

Voting has been closed as of the 1st of March. Please check out the end results at the Fantasy Awards on the 14th!

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.

Voting has been closed as of the 1st of March. Please check out the end results at the Fantasy Awards on the 14th!

PS all videos that made the initial longlist are available at https://fantasy-awards.com/bestvideoplaylist, so check them out if you haven't already!

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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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