Oerol – Ten-Day Festival with Tons of Live, Public Theatre as Well as Music and Visual Arts!
Oerol is an “all over” incredible festival for lovers of theatre!
Welcome to Oerol
Oerol translates to “all over” and that is a perfect description for this festival! With a celebration dedicated to avant garde performances all over the place, you will definitely see how Oerol is quite a unique festival!
For years, this festival has been acting as a place to bring people with the love of theatre and a passion for performance and entertaining from all over the globe, as well as to create an avenue of creativity and funding for new emerging entertainers .
History of Oerol
This ten day festival began in 1982 by Joop Mulder, a local bar keeper who enjoyed organizing local theatre and music shows. Each year since the audience has grown steadily to a whopping 50,000 annual faithful attendees.
Annually, the Oerol Festival a few hundred authors each year from many countries across the globe. This festival sure knows how to connect the world through art and theatre! The great thing about the Oerol Festival is the desire of the festival to play an active role in changing the world through the lost art of reading and gaining knowledge. Through each festival, attendees are encouraged to pick up a book, buy several books, and maybe even try their hand at writing.
More About the Festival
Each year the Oerol Festival draws in reading aficionados and knowledge seekers from all over the Netherlands and across the world. In modern times where most people and companies don’t care about creativity, the Oerol Festival proudly stands alone and offers eleven days dedicated to the pursuit of artistic endeavors.
The Oerol Festival very much volunteer run—each year volunteers amount to thousands of art enthusiasts and performers. This fest’s well organized planning and exceptional execution is due to the countless hours volunteers spend on marketing, communication, coordinating with attendees, authors, special guests, and setting up amongst all the many things that go in festival preparation.
How to Experience the Oerol Festival
Each June, thousands of people will flock to the netherlands to experience the best the World’s live theatre has to offer. If you plan to be one of them this year, it’s best to get started on planning your trip to the Oerol Festival!
Start by picking which days of the festival you want to attend. Check the Oerol Festival website for any scheduling information that may be specific to certain days. In my theatre fair experience, I have found that it is best to arrive as early as possible so you can get in as many performances before you burn out.
Another helpful reminder for enjoying your Oerol Festival experience is to be open to hearing the stories of the live authors or guest speakers. While you wander from area to area, stop to listen to story tellers, live readings, and unique performances. Don’t be afraid to interact with the artisans and ask questions about their work. Listen to the stories of their culture and history as this may be the first time you hear anything like it.
With so much theatre and so many talented artists being featured at the Oerol Festival, it does make sense to attend more than one day. Try going for two or three days, if you don’t go to all ten, so you can see as much of the work and performers as possible.
While you’re attending throughout the week, do your best to eat as many meals inside the festival as you can. This blend of some of the best local food from all over the Netherlands is something that is almost magical to experience. It’s like you are traveling the country’s best restaurants without ever leaving the city.
Tickets and Pricing
Buy your tickets early if you’re planning on attending the Oerol Festival this year. Many people the world over are interested in this unique experience. It may actually help you to dig in a little further and speak with former attendees about the best way to experience this festival. It also always helps to contact a travel agent that knows a little more about the Netherlands to introduce you to the best deals, accommodations, and prices.
To get as much time inside the festival as possible, considering arriving a few days before it begins. Having the extra time before the festival will allow you to rest and get up your energy to read the week away!
Getting to the Oerol Festival
To help attendees get to the Oerol Festival as conveniently as possible, the festival offers various forms of transportation options to get guests to the event. For those of you that are flying in, be sure to contact a shuttle or bus service before hand so you can have your tickets and seats already booked.
If you plan to rent a car, parking might be limited. Visitors can park remotely and bike, bus, or take the train as well as a street car to get to the festival. The most popular way to get to this festival is to fly into Amsterdam and take three busses and a ferry to Oerol. Check out the Oerol Festival’s website for more information regarding bus and shuttle schedules as well as the best places to park if you choose to drive. Be sure to get information from a travel agent before you head over so you can make the most of the festival!
Tips for the Oerol Festival
Make sure you bring your reading glasses to this event! When you’re at the festival, do attend the interviews that are going on with various authors. Though it may seem boring at first, take some time to listen to their stories.
Throughout all of this literary based fun, you’ll find a great selection of otherentertainment like water color classes, creative writing, salsa dancing and a lot more! My tip to you is to do your best to attend at least one of everything, especially if you are staying for just a few days.
Be sure to take breaks from reading as you don’t want to tire your eyes, or brain, out. While you’re in the city, take some time to visit other place outside of the Oerol Festival. Grab a bus or rental car and take a trip into the neighboring town where the Oerol FestivalSome of the best experiences at the Oerol Festival are spent hearing stories about the actual performers you have been reading about. So keep you ear open and get to exploring!
What to Bring to the Festival
When packing for the Oerol Festival the first and foremost thing to consider is being comfortable! Do bring your reading glasses and your contacts! People that attend this event mostly come to dive into their books, so don’t stress too much over what you will wear.
Additionally, just like all other festivals around the world, when dressing for the Oerol Fest consider the weather. It will undoubtedly be hot—the Netherlands in the summer is pretty much very bright and sunny. Dress wearing light clothing, but beware of the sun. Bring sunblock and enough coverage to protect your self like a sunhat, visor, bandana or other headwear. Carry a poncho or an umbrella as well as wellies as it may rain.
When thinking about what to carry in your suitcase, plan accordingly for your stay. If you’re staying the entire eleven days of the Oerol Festival bring comfortable walking shoes—you’re going to need them! Take bug repellant, medicine, antacids for that festival food, and lots of water. Due to the fact that this festival is mainly outdoors, it is very likely that you may get dehydrated quickly- try to keep a water bottle on hand with you at all times. Make sure you take your family and your sense of adventure and love for all things western with you!
Should I Go to Oerol Festival?
A lot of people that aren’t involved in the art world or even interested in art may wonder if the Oerol Festival is right for them. If you’re wondering if you should make the trek to the Netherlands, the answer is YES. The Oerol festival is for anyone and everyone. If you don’t understand the art immediately, still make a point to look at everything. If you can’t find the right theatre performances or can’t find anything you like in the area, wait a little bit and walk around the festival for a bit. You’ll quickly find something you like.
Whether or not you’ve attended something like this before, you are going to definitely love it at the Oerol Festival!
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