Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018

In 2018, we’re going to show how we Frisians celebrate life. We’re going to stick our heads above the parapet and dare to show the world how we...

Leeuwarden - Friesland European capital of culture

In 2018, we’re going to show how we Frisians celebrate life. We’re going to stick our heads above the parapet and dare to show the world how we go our own unique way. Our landscape is the stage and everyone is invited. Bring along your swimsuits, pack your boots, put on your hat and grab your sunglasses. What we’re going to do is a surprise and will captivate you. But that doesn’t matter because once in Friesland you won’t want to go home.

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The opening of Leeuwarden European capital of culture

Run to the train, grab your car or hop on your bicycle to be there, because you won’t want to miss the opening weekend of Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018. On 26 and 27 January, experience with us what the dream of our iepen mienskip (open society) looks like. A new era can only be ushered in by people who believe that we all can mean something to each other and the world. So rain or shine, we cannot start without you.

The Evening of 2018 Stories
When has iepen mienskip actually succeeded? Tryater asked that question to everyone who wanted to think along. The answer? 'When we’ve succeeded in really listening to each other'. That listening starts at noon on Friday, when all the children from Friesland sing together, and will continue into Friday evening. Then all the museums and residents in Friesland, from Schiermonnikoog to Oudemirdum and from Zurich to Appelscha, will open their doors to tell you what story they would like to bring to the future and why.

The year in a day
On Saturday, we zoom in on the city of Leeuwarden. Throughout the day, you walk inside and outside through impressions of the entire year’s programme. The excitement rises in the evening and so does the sense of togetherness. There’s a buzz through the city and it begins to swell. All the people come together in Leeuwarden’s several squares, under the tall Oldehove towers.

Professionals and amateurs impressively fill all these squares with theatre, dance, singing and music. The squares are linked by the music and projections. You listen, look and are part of the whole.

We work towards the song Seis oere thús by Nynke Laverman and Sytze Pruiksma, after which the bells ring. Not only in Leeuwarden, but in the whole of Friesland, in order to usher in the beginning of this special year.

The artistic team is led by Ira Judkovskaja and includes Tatiana Pratley, Inés Sauer, Peter Sijbenga, Jan Ros, Linda Eijssen, Sytze Pruiksma and Nynke Laverman, Koos de Vries, and Mr. Beam and Noord Nederlands Orkest. Choirs, brass bands, fanfares, orchestras, dance groups, and many, many others are also working on The Opening.