Imagine Your Island

Imagine your Island | Het Imaginaire Eiland: Oerol puts imagination centre stage

Despite the coronavirus, blood is thicker than water. The arts and everything Oerol stands for, have made a restart. Friday the 12th of June the warm-up will start, from Monday the 15th of June we will go live for five consecutive days.

Together with the creators, an up-to-date programme has been put together that will largely take place virtually. Wherever you are: you will experience the island, as always, through the eyes of the creators, and the island feeling will never be far away!


The five-day programme consists of interactive performances and live events, as well as ongoing activities. There will be live workshops by makers for small groups and live cooking for all visitors. Podcasts that can be listened to anywhere and a themed Zoom disco with your friends. In short: never a dull moment.

The first parts of the programme have been confirmed: see Terschelling through the eyes of a typical Oerol volunteer and discover a different pop-up land-art work by Marc van Vliet every day. Or discover Oerol anno now at Terschelling through the broadcasts of Opium at Oerol with Cornald Maas, together with his guests, among others Typhoon, Paulien Cornelisse and Jeangu wil appear.

Listen along with polakvanbekkum and discover how the island sounds NOW: the silence of nature, even quieter without Oerol audience and without air traffic. Or be the first to see the clip Willem de Bruin makes with Likeminds, as a preview of the performance Diaspora, which will premiere next year. Creators that are part of the programme include Laura van Dolron, Michiel Voet, Emke Idema, Kompagnie Kistemaker and MEZRAB.

Oerol will not organise any live public activities at the island. You will experience everything from your own place, simultaneously with many others!

Oerol's programme is open to everyone, but culture is not free of charge. You are invited to decide to make your donation.

Turn on your radar

You will navigate the imaginary island through a specially designed platform and plan your own day. In the morning you find the daily morning mail in your mailbox in which our regular guides, Jennifer Muntslag and Dionne Verwey, will take you though that day. Together we end the day with, for example, a Zoom disco at the beach.

Through all kinds of channels (computer, telephone and television) you will be part of Oerol, for example through Opium on Oerol from national broadcaster AVROTROS.

The creators

Makers on show would either be playing Oerol this year, or they would be potential creators for the 2021 edition. They are developing new formats in which they question the (changing) climate and the future of the planet, for example through visual and performative arts and science projects. If it is possible within the measures taken considering the coronavirus, creators come to the island where they, live or not, take the visitor with them in their project.

A number of makers will be commissioned to develop new work for Oerol 2021 and 2022. Amongst them are Royal de Luxe and Kompagnie Kistemaker.

Oerol live (in autumn)

If possible, we will organize a pop-up festival in the autumn to celebrate life together with the islanders. Here presentations can be given of ready-made work. With this event we can also do something in return for the support we received and generate an impulse for the island.


The Imaginary Island is made possible in part by sponsors and subsidizers. But certainly also by the overwhelming support of Friends of Oerol, Donors and buyers of Oerol fanwristbands.

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