Our Vision: at the heart of any event is a big idea. Simple and memorable. For Elfia, this big idea is:
"You’ll never dream alone"
Together we dream. Together we create. Beyond the borders of our imagination. Together we express those dreams and love to share them.
It all started in 1994. TV scriptwriter Stefan Struik had an interview with a meditating hermit in Baarn (NL) who was complaining about gnomes who disturbed the power network in his house. A month later he ran into trolls in a Norwegian clothing store in the Dutch-Frisian village Dokkum. A year before that he got surprised by the amount of one meter high garden gnomes just across the border between Germany and Poland. It all seemed to point into a new direction he would hit a few months later. In December 1994 he opened w a small game and bookstore with his sister in Delft (NL), named Elf Fantasy Shop. The games were a golden opportunity. Three years later the duo was able to open an second store in The Hague.
In 1995 Stefan also started a new adventure with a free magazine called Elf Fantasy Magazine. In 2001 the magazine became professionalized and despite of that it never realized any profits it existed until 2009.
Stefan and his sister already organized lectures in the Elf Fantasy Shops about druidism, Tolkien and other fantasy related subjects. In 2001 Stefan decided to combine a few things into a totally new and unique festival concept that later would be copied many times: the Elf Fantasy fair. Starting in the historical theme parc Archeon (NL) it moved the year after to the largest castle in the Netherlands: castle de Haar. With the exception of 2004 (castle Keukenhof, Lisse) it remained in castle de Haar, Haarzuilens since then. In 2009 a second version of the Elf Fantasy Fair started 400 meters from the border with Germany in the small village Arcen in Northern Limburg. In January 2013 the name Elf Fantasy Fair™ was replaced by the name Elfia™. The spring edition of Elfia is also called the 'Light Edition', while the autumn edition is characterized as the 'dark edition'.
A brief overview of the events:
April 2001 Elf Fantasy Fair Archeon, Alphen a/d Rijn
April 2002 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
April 2003 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
Juni 2004 Elf Fantasy Fair castle Keukenhof, Lisse
April 2005 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
April 2006 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
April 2007 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
April 2008 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
April 2009 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
Sept 2009 Elf Fantasy Fair Arcen
April 2010 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
Sept 2010 Elf Fantasy Fair Arcen
April 2011 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
Sept 2011 Elf Fantasy Fair Arcen
April 2012 Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens
Sept 2012 Elf Fantasy Fair Arcen
April 2013 Elfia Haarzuilens
Sept 2013 Elfia Arcen
April 2014 Elfia Haarzuilens
Sept 2014 Elfia Arcen
April 2015 Elfia Haarzuilens
Sept 2015 Elfia Arcen
April 2016 Elfia Haarzuilens
Sept 2016 Elfia Arcen
Elfia is a festival that is focused on the expression of dreams. Costumes are the most obvious way to shape these dreams. Often they are inspired on the clothes of characters from tv series, movies and comics. But we also go further than only costumes: music, photography, body art, body painting, vehicles... They are all opportunities to make those dreams reality.