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De Taalkaravaan op Tall Ships Harlingen.

In addition to various theatre festivals, the Language Caravan will also be visiting two nautical events this summer. The first is the Tall Ships Races (3 to 6 August), when the port city of Harlingen will receive the world’s finest tall ships along with their international crews and trainees.

The Editorial Room
About fifteen old typewriters await you in a simple, cosy setting. Visitors of all ages are invited to write a text, with the support of experienced writers and poets. We will be publishing the results online!
12:00 to 18:00 on Fri 3 to Sun 5 August

The ‘Relaxerette’
The Relaxerette, by artist Arjan Kruidhof, is a revolving installation that gives you a whole new perspective. You lie in a hammock and look up at the clouds. Then you put on your headphones, and close your eyes while listening to stories and sounds that will totally absorb you. You can choose the swirling vocabulary of Marc van der Holst, the melancholy of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, or one of the other stories written by Jamila Faber, Heksenhamer or Pieter van der Sman. Jolle Roelofs has made a special soundscape for the Relaxerette that will take you away from this overcrowded world. In partnership with Explore the North.
12:00 to 18:00 on Fri 3 to Sun 5 August

Homsk – Us Buorman Yn Tallinn
In the summer of 2017, theatre makers Eelco Venema and Lourens van den Akker travelled to Tallinn, Estonia in an old Catalan ambulance to search for the European dream. Climb aboard the same ambulance and ‘join’ Eelco and Lourens on their journey. You’ll experience film images, texts in several languages, visuals by video artist Frouke ten Velden and music by Hilbrandt, all at a rapid tempo. This journey will get your brain in top gear. What does it actually mean for you to be European?
Theatrical video installation, duration approx. 20 min., 12:00 to 18:00 on Fri 3 to Sun 5 August

Het oorlam
Skippers’ slang reveals a wealth of stories. The word ‘oorlam’, a well-known drink in the Netherlands, comes from the Malayan orang lam(a). The Dutch seafarers who arrived in Malaya were called ‘orang baroe datang’ by the Malays, meaning ‘man who has just arrived; newcomer, rookie. Seafarers returning home from the Dutch East Indies via the Cape were named orang lama datang, meaning ‘man who arrived a long time ago, oldtimer’. Back on dry land, the orang lamas were very partial to a drink or two, and gradually the name became synonymous for a drink. During the Tall Ships Races, we’ll be literally and figuratively sharing nautical words, poetic expressions with a history that you can simply enjoy.
Mon 6 August, goodbye day

Tip & more information
We would also like to draw your attention to the duo expedition ‘Reis om de Noord – in Taal en Teken’ (Journey around the North in Words and Characters) by visual artist Tjitske Boersma and artist/writer Wilco Berga in Het Hannemahuis Town Museum and Atelier BB aansee in Harlingen (3 July to 3 September).

For more information about the Tall Ships Races, visit the event’s website:
The Tall Ships Races Harlingen

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