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The Language Caravan at Oerol.

Still winding down from the excitement of Oranjewoud Festival, the Language Caravan will be making its way smoothly to Oerol. Language and multilingualism is a prominent theme during the famous festival on Terschelling. Oerol transforms the Wadden Island into one giant international stage for theatre, dance, street theatre, visual arts and music for 10 days every year. The 2018 edition will be held from 15 to 24 June.

The Language Caravan at Oerol:

The performance ‘Tongen’ starts in Malawi, where writer/narrator Nyk de Vries visits a church and suddenly hears himself speaking in tongues. He chatters in a strange mishmash of Frisian and other languages, in the distant land of sand paths and wooden electricity poles. Strangely enough, it reminds him of Zwaagwesteinde, the Westereen; his mother’s village. ‘Tongen’ is all about the treacherous power of being homesick. Far from home, you suddenly cling to language and habits that were previously unimportant to you. In the performance, Nyk sings and recites while sampling film and music, He is a master in building up tension from seemingly insignificant forgotten events. An all-enveloping experience.
On 15 to 18 June

The North Netherlands Orquestra is one of the most famous symphony orchestras in the Netherlands. Its musicians come from all over the world, with almost fifteen nationalities and as many languages in its ranks. Normally, a symphony is created between these musicians, but ‘Solo’ does the opposite and focuses on the individual. The idea is to show who actually plays in an orchestra. This time, musicians from Japan, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, France and England leave their instruments, and each tells their personal story in a short solo. The piece was written by three talented writers, and is directed by theatre makers Skoft & Skiep.
On 20 to 24 June

Editorial room
During UITfestival 2017, Frisian literary magazine De Moanne created an editorial room in the Prinsentuin in Leeuwarden. It was so successful, it demands a sequel! The idea is simple: about fifteen old typewriters 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!
Present throughout the festival

Relaxerette (6+)
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.
Present throughout the festival

Sanne Nouws – The best idea for everyone
Polish doctor Lejzer Zamenhof gave the world a gift 130 years ago: he invented Esperanto as a second language for everyone to use. It was supposed to be the artificial language that would be easy to learn and break down barriers between peoples, but it never really caught on. Even so, there is still a small, dedicated group of followers who make up words for new phenomena such as online dating and smartphone. There are meetings every month around the globe, and the Esperanto World Congress is held annually. In the show, we celebrate this universal language that barely anyone yet speaks. The road to la Fina Venko, the moment when everyone will finally understand each other, is long and arduous, but the ideal is noble.
When: 14 to 18 and 20 to 24 June.

Oh ratelslang geil beest
Oh ratelslang geil beest, which translates as ‘O rattlesnake you horny beast’, is a short street theatre performance where the public brings a dead body back to life. In the performance, the players and the audience will investigate mysticism, mass rituals and the power of playfulness, cooperation and fun.  Under the direction of Joost Oomen (poet) and Willie Darktrousers (singer and theatre maker), the spectators become participants in a unique 20-minute voodoo ritual.
When: 16 and 18 to 24 June.

Island prose
Ten different authors meet ten prominent islanders on Terschelling. They chat, and the islanders tell their story. This inspires the writers to write a fictional story that the islanders themselves will come and recite to you. Where is the border between fiction and truth? Who is that person you’re listening to? Are you listening to a real memory? A personal history? Or just a fantasy from a writer’s pen?
During the entire festival

And more:
The Language Caravan is part of two Oerol day routes: ‘Atelier Alumni’ and ‘Language no problem’. ‘Liquid Loft’, the opening show, is a co-production by Oerol, Explore the North and Lân fan taal. There are also plenty more linguistic productions to see, some in multiple languages.

More information and tickets
For more information about Oerol, festival wristbands and tickets, please visit the festival website.

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