Storytelling Castle

Storytelling Castle

Storytelling Castle Alden Biesen positions itself as a centre of expertise for the art of storytelling in Flanders and Europe. Under that heading, the Land Commandery is the motor behind a host of activities that put the art of storytelling in the picture: the International Storytelling Festival, Stories in the Park, FEST, Sheherazade and TALES.

International Storytelling Festival

The International Storytelling Festival is a unique multilingual storytelling festival that is very popular in Flemish education circles and among Flemish and Dutch story lovers. A mix of Flemish, Walloon and international storytellers recount their own tales, stories by famous and lesser-known authors as well as traditional tales. All genres are featured and there’s something for every age category. 


Stories in the Park

In the autumn, the Grand Commandery Alden Biesen sets the stage for Stories in the Park, a storytelling afternoon and evening. In the afternoon we welcome children between the ages of 4 and 11 for a custom-tailored storytelling programme. Several professional storytellers take the children on a journey of discovery through the estate’s natural riches. At dusk, the little ones make way for the adults as they travel from one point of light to the next, from story to story and toward the conclusion to a fascinating evening: refreshments, atmospheric music and, naturally… a story.

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Becoming a storyteller

Would you like to learn how to tell stories to your children, grandchildren or the children in your class? Every year, Storytelling Castle Alden Biesen and the Vertelacademie Nederland (Storytelling Academy Holland) organise two introductory storytelling courses, including one night at the Storytelling Castle. An annual follow-up course and various workshops will be added in the near future. Thanks to this collaboration, we will soon be able to offer the same certified four-year storytelling training currently only found in Utrecht and, partly, in Zwolle.

The art of storytelling in Flanders and Europe

The art of telling stories is seeing a revival. More and more libraries and cultural centres are programming storytelling performances, the art of storytelling is gaining popularity in various areas including educational circles and the social sector, and an increasing number of storytellers are trying to build a professional career. Alden Biesen Storytelling Castle supports this revival through several initiatives.