Every June, the island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea is transformed for ten days into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, art installations and music. More recent projects display a combination of arts, science and nature. These projects are becoming more and more important, shaping new aspirations of the festival. With a huge audience participating as fieldworkers in laboratory projects the festival becomes a fun but serious living lab. At Oerol new perspectives on society, nature and culture can be explored, by addressing how people move and behave within their surroundings. The shows and lab-projects where mankind and nature meet one another are created for the specific locations in which they take place. From a theatre spectacle to acrobatics and interactive installations: you will find all of this and more in the dunes, on the beaches, in the woods, on the dikes, in sheds or barns and simply in the streets of Terschelling.
With 130.000 tickets sold each year Oerol is a big 10 day festival and year round research lab for landscape arts that bridges the gap between emerging artists, renowned scientists, nature conservationists and a large general audience. Also hundreds of (inter)national programmers scout new work here. Besides this significant contribution to promoting mobility, Oerol also creates a temporary society in which artists and audience meet for several consecutive days over which relationships deepen. With 75% of revenues coming from non-governmental bodies Oerol is an ambitious cultural entrepreneur.
We are delighted to be your guide to the next edition of the Oerol festival. Born from the fascination and passion of one man – founder Joop Mulder – since then host to tens of thousands. It is a great privilege to be able to share this fascination with so many others. Each year, the energy the festival generates attracts hundreds of artists to the island, and thanks to the endless curiosity of all the visitors, they feel the freedom to create new works, to experiment, investigate and present these.