About the festival

For more than twenty 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 international outdoor-theatre festival ‘Deventer Op Stelten’, Deventer turns into a giant open air theatre with over 150 national and international top performances in the historic city centre of Deventer at 20 locations in- and around the centre.
From Friday the 10th until Sunday the 12th of July 2020, performances out of Frances, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands can be seen on monumental squares, in parks and on the streets, in churches and smaller locations. 

Highlights of last year were Teatro del Silencio with the intense, itinerant show "Cap au Cimetière", Kumulus with the 1.5-hour "Silence Encombrant" and the large-scale, colorful parade performance "Couleurs Exceptionnel" by Close-Act. There was high-level dance with the vertical dance "Uno" by Delrevés, the powerful stilt dance "Mulïer" by Cia Maduixa, "Built for It" by BackBone Alida Dors and "Fuera Fissa" by Tango Sumo.
There were festive and colorful theater acts by Picto Facto with "Lampadophores", Dulce Compania with "Regenbogen Ballett" and Mobil’homme with “Electric Dervish". There were also a large number of Dutch productions, among which were Katja Heitmann, TeaTime Company, Vloeistof, Tent and the special festival production from Theater Gajes.
There was humor and expression at "Urban et Orbitch" by Cie Microsillon and "Silencis" by Claire Ducreux. In city park ‘het Worpplantsoen’ there was "La Cuisinière" by Tout en Vrac, adventurous music festival Hoogtevrees and much more!

The entrance is free, with exception of a few ticketed performances. 


Friday July 10: 20.30-24.00h
Saturday July 11: 12.30-17.00h and 20.30-24.00h
Sunday July 12: 12.30-17.00h