We have decided that Rapalje Zomerfolk cannot continue this year.
We have tried to find an opportunity to keep Zomerfolk in 2020, but unfortunately that is not feasible. We are unable to organize a successful event on the chosen date in September. There are a lot of people who are cooperating to make the festival a success and unfortunately the puzzle falls apart on (too) many fronts. Various exhibitors and bands are not allowed, technicians have other projects, volunteers are unable to attend. We don’t want to compromise on the quality of our beautiful festival. We cannot help but skip our festival this year 2020. It is such a fantastic festival for us and we hope you all come on June 5 and 6, 2021. We are having a very difficult time with Rapalje with many uncertainties and we try to give you a nice moment every week with our live streams! www.rapalje.com/stream
Purchased tickets: all tickets will remain valid for the festival in 2021 and this will be a great edition where we will celebrate our anniversary. If you are unable to use the weekend of 5 and 6 June 2021, we offer you the opportunity to convert the tickets into a credit for other concerts and events where we perform.
We’ll visit William’s place. This can only mean one thing; a great Sunday afternoon! Get your drinks, grab a bowl of crisps, prepare the barbecue for after the stream and enjoy a Sunday afternoon with William at the farm.
Our 25th anniversary year unfortunately is going very differently than planned, but we are staying positive and instead of you coming to us, we will be coming to your house!
Get your ticket (voluntary contribution) to our livestream concerts, invite friends and family to watch from a distance and join us in a world full of music and fun. Be easy and free when you are dancing with me!
First upcoming livestreams (will also be staying available afterwards and this list will be updated everytime a new live stream is confirmed):
– Sunday April 12th: Easter special from Maceál’s Home!
Tonight we will be live at Castlefest TV and this sunday we are doing our streaming tour at our favorite Irish Pub O’Ceallaigh in Groningen. Put on your dancing shoes and join us live at https://rapalje.com/nl/stream
Stay safe, be easy and free, we hope to see you there!
Right on the day that we also planned a livestream on Facebook. So David Myles came over to the Rapalje Studio and we showed the different bagpipes used at concerts from Rapalje..
International Bagpipe Day is now a well established and increasingly popular event. Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone! In 2013 we had an excellent event in Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford – amazingly – visitor numbers increased by 25% compared to normal attendance at that time of year. We also received reports back from around the world, ranging from a pipe band performance in an underground cavern in South Africa, to a party on an Athenian hill in Greece.
With pain in our hearts we have decided that Zomerfolk cannot take place on 6 and 7 June 2020.
We are currently living in an unreal world in which we want to try to protect you.
We realize that we are early with this decision and that we do not know what the state of play will be in June. However, as a band we come in many places and that is why we also come into contact with many people. We therefore consider the risk too great.
We warmly support our colleagues and in particular the organization of Keltfest and Elfia – who also have an event planned in the near future -. We really hope that their events can continue.
Because we really need a party like Zomerfolk now, we are investigating the possibilities of having it take place in September this year. Tickets already purchased remain valid.