Leeuwarden – European Capital of Culture 2018

1 January – 31 December 2018

Leeuwarden The European Capital of Culture 2018 takes place in Leeuwarden, the capital of the Dutch province of Friesland.

It is a time for new ideas originating in Friesland to spread to the rest of the world. With culture as the driving force, Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 shows that it takes courage and unconventionality to realise bigger dreams, actions and diversity on an international scale. By bringing together artists, scientists, farmers, headstrong Frisians and visitors with good ideas, the European Capital of Culture intends to shape the world as an open collaborative community (or ‘iepen mienskip’ as it’s known locally in the region).

That’s precisely what the Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 programme is about. Thousands of Frisians are involved in the programme, which emerged from a widespread grassroots movement. New perspectives by international artists have led to an international programme that embraces an open and shared community feeling. The complete programme consists of more than 60 main events and hundreds of Mienskip projects.

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