Celebrating your language in a free state. That’s the idea behind Lân fan taal. In 2018, Leeuwarden-Fryslân will be the European Capital of Culture. Lân fan taal is an important part of this. Many institutions and individuals in Fryslân and (far) beyond are working together to give language diversity a future. The goal is to position Fryslân as an audience and knowledge centre for multilingualism.
We believe that now in particular, in a time when our world is becoming ever more multilingual and diverse, it is necessary to take a different look at everything that is familiar and trusted. Lân fan taal aims to offer new experiences in diverse languages and disciplines other than those you may already be used to. Lân fan taal offers space to learn about, to experience, and most of all to feel the importance and diversity of language. Throughout 2018, we will celebrate language with activities, performances, artworks, exhibitions and spatial installations in Leeuwarden and Friesland. We invite you to join in: to bring languages to life, to play with language, and to have your say.
Lân fan taal is a free state for all languages of the world, where all languages are equal and language has no borders. We see language as more than the languagesyou can speak and write. For example, sign language, Braille, body language, while dance, music and the language of the street also have a place in Lân fan taal. We have chosen to make this website available in four languages: Frisian, Dutch, German and English. Soon you will be able to store your preferred language, so the site will be shown in this language by default. You can react to projects and rules from the Call in any language.
The area in 3D visualization
Lân fan Taal has come about as the result of a collaboration between Afûk, Explore the North, Fryske Akademy, The Municipality of Leeuwarden, Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden, Neushoorn, Omrop Fryslân, The Province of Friesland, the University of Groningen, Tresoar, Keunstwurk and Tryater. Many other linguistic and cultural institutions and initiatives have also been involved. These also include national and international partners, because language can be celebrated anywhere. The number of partners will continue to grow. We work with groups including Poetry International, Oerol, a partnership of international minority languages in Europe, Poetry Circle and DRONGO language festival.
Lân fan Taal team
The team coordinating the 2017 & 2018 programme consists of:
Siart Smit, programme director
Wybren Jorritsma, business director
Roos van Geffen, artistic and content advisor
Anne M.H. Graswinckel, education/Kek2 project leader
Judith E. Baarsma, production coordinator
Berber van Oyen-Peenstra, marketer
Fredau Buwalda, online communication
Jan Gaasenbeek, production
Lotje, office cat