World Festival of Folklore Schoten (Werelddansefestival Folklore)

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Country and Region BelgiumFlanders
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Schoten, Flanders, Belgium
Festival Contact Information

Wereldfestival van Folklore
Kasteel van Schoten
Kasteeldreef 61
2900 Schoten
Phone: (32) 3-658-10-58
Fax: (32) 3-658-13-99

Festival Description

In 1959 members of a folklore group and the local tourist association founded The World Festival of Folklore in Schoten in order to promote folk art by presenting it to the public in a beautiful setting—the historical castle and its surroundings. The festival takes place every year in July. Eight to 10 high quality foreign dance ensembles present their folk dance and music programs to an audience of 30,000 to 35,000.

It is an amateur festival that features non-professional folk art groups of a high artistic standard. For the sake of preservation the organisers prefer authentic folklore, but they accept adaptation to the stage. The aim of the organisers is not only to preserve the cultural heritage but also to allow people all over the world to learn to know each other better. Therefore much time is reserved for playing music, dancing together, making excursions, demonstrating handicrafts and playing games.

Festival Dates July 12 - 19, 2013
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Practical Info:

  • By phone
    (32) 3-658-76-91
  • Online
  • Schoten is a residential suburb, 9 km north of Antwerp, a city with a long cultural tradition and great economical importance with one of the largest seaports in the world. It has direct access to the European railway and highway systems and is only 50 km away from the international airport of Brussels.


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