For more than nineteen years the historic town of Deventer in the Netherlands has celebrated culture and arts on the streets. While ‘Op Stelten’ (‘on stilts’) is now used largely as a figurative sense, the performers are truly of the highest level and come from all over Europe. During the weekend of 8 till 10 July the centre of Deventer turns into a giant open air theatre stage and attracts thousands of enthusiastic visitors. 

This year, the 20th edition of the festival takes place from Friday evening the 8th until Sunday afternoon the 10th, with an opening performance on the evening of Thursday the 7th. The programme includes more than 150 top performances by theatre groups from all over Europe and the Netherlands. The entrance is free, with exception of a few ticketed performances.

In the last years ‘Deventer Op Stelten’ has developed strongly content-wise into a internationally acknowledged festival in professional open air theatre. As a result of its specific form and artistic quality, ‘Deventer Op Stelten’ has grown out to a leading festival for international open air theatre, and was declared the winner of Best Public Event of The Netherlands in 2014. Each year, the festival is visited by more than 120.000 visitors and is seen as an extraordinary, festive and world class cultural festival.

Thursday evening July 7: opening performance
Friday July 8: 20.30-24.00h
Saturday July 9: 12.30-17.00h and 20.30-24.00h
Sunday July 10: 12.30-17.00h