LEEUWARDEN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2018

WHAT IS A CULTURAL CAPITAL OF EUROPE?

Cultural Capital of Europe is an international cultural project and one of Europe’s most ambitious events. It works like this: each year, two countries from the European Union hold a national competition. One city in these countries is eventually designated as Cultural Capital of Europe for a year. For 2018, Leeuwarden is one of the two European cities and we are proud of that! But it’s not just a Frisian celebration; Leeuwarden-Friesland Cultural Capital of Europe 2018 is a national Dutch event with as epicenter Leeuwarden and the province of Friesland.

PROGRAM LEEUWARDEN-FRIESLAND 2018 

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SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS

ESCHER'S JOURNEY

ESCHER'S JOURNEY

The exhibition is set up as a three dimensional biography, whereby you come to know Escher personally by taking a walk in his shoes. The journey begins in 1898 when Maurits Cornelis was born in the city palace, located on the Grote Kerkstraat where the Princessehof Ceramics Museum now stands.

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SENSE OF PLACE

SENSE OF PLACE

The landscape in the North is unique. It has a rich history and beautiful nature. The Sense of Place projects make these unique treasures visible or even tangible to a large audience. Some art projects have already existed for a while and receive new attention through Sense of Place, others have been specially created for the project.

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EXPLORE THE NORTH

EXPLORE THE NORTH

The unique Explore the North festival provides music and literature at great locations in Leeuwarden’s historic city centre. Different art forms in places you don't normally visit. Warm up with surprising stories and beautiful music during this atmospheric winter festival.

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Northern Film Festival

Northern Film Festival

Once the inclement autumn weather arrives, there’s nothing better than binging on the best of Northern and European cinema in De Harmonie and the Slieker (theatres)! In 2018, the Northern Film Festival will present a fantastic programme there, full of new adventure.

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DE STORMRUITER

DE STORMRUITER

The international theatrical event of the year, starring a hundred glossy Friesian horses. Director Jos Thie takes you to the year 1650 in this impressive performance based on the internationally renowned story Der Schimmelreiter. The year of the legend of Friesland. 

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