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Taalkaravaan (Language Caravan) in Dokkum.

The Taalkaravaan will make its last stop in Dokkum. Here we will join the Admiralty Days. This major maritime and musical festival attracts thousands of visitors each year, and the 2018 event will take place from 6 to 9 September. During the weekend, ‘Lân fan taal’ (Country of Language) will enrich the city with free exhibitions and events filled with language and stories.

The Editorial Room
About fifteen old typewriters have been set up in this homely, cosy setting. Guests, the young and not so young, are invited to write something, a story or poem. Experienced writers or poets are available to help.
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September, de Markt, 14:00-18:00 hours.

The Relaxerette
The Relaxerette, a rotating installation that transports you to another perspective, was created by artist Arjan Kruidhof. Simply lie in a hammock and stare at the clouds. Then, put on your headphones and close your eyes. Now, listen to stories and sounds that will still your thoughts. You can choose between Marc van der Holst’s swirling wordflow, the melancholy of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld or any of the other stories written by Jamila Faber, Heksenhamer and Pieter van der Sman. Jolle Roelofs has created a special soundscape for the Relaxerette to assist you in your escape from this overladen world. In collaboration with Explore the North.
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September, de Markt, 14:00-18:00 hours

Homsk – Us Buorman Yn Tallinn (Our neighbour in Tallinn)
In the summer of 2017, theatre makers Eelco Venema and Lourens van den Akker travelled to Tallinn, Estonia in an old Catalonian ambulance in search of the European dream.  You can get into the same ambulance and share Eelco and Lourens’ journey during the Admiralty Days! Film fragments, texts in several languages, visuals by video artist Frouke ten Velden and the music of Hilbrandt will take you on a heady trip. What does it actually mean, to you, to be a European
Theatrical video installation, duration approx. 20 minutes, de Markt, Saturday 8, and Sunday 9 September, 14:00-18:00 hours

The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is one of the most celebrated symphony orchestras in the Netherlands. The musicians hail from around the world, so the orchestra has members from fifteen countries and almost as many languages. While it’s normally all about the creation of a symphony between these musicians, ‘Solo’ is specifically focused on the individual. After all, who are the people performing in the orchestra really? Musicians from Japan, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, France and England put their instruments aside for once and tell their personal stories, each in a short solo.  Written by three talented authors and directed by theatre makers Skoft&Skiep. Idea: Explore the North.
Saturday, 8 September, Sint-Bonifatiuskerk, 14:00-14:45 hours, entry free of charge, be on time!

Wâldman (Forest Dweller)
‘Wâldman’ is the title of an exhibition by artist Tjibbe Hooghiemstra and writers Nyk de Vries, Tsead Bruinja and Douwe Kootstra. All from the Fryske Wâlden (Frisian Forests). Over the past four years, Hooghiemstra has been working on a series of drawings, photos and paintings that represent the area and its dwellers. This inspired Nyk de Vries, Tsead Bruinja and Douwe Kootstra to write short-form prose, poetry and a fable about the same special ‘mienskip’ (community) in the Frisian Forests. Projections of Tjibbe’s work will be accompanied by the writers’ narration of their own texts.
Saturday, 8 September, Sint-Bonifatiuskerk, 17.00-17.40 hours, entry free of charge, be on time!

The literary recital, ‘Tongues’, starts in Malawi. It all began when writer/storyteller Nyk de Vries visited a little church in Malawi and miraculously began to speak in tongues.  In that faraway land with its dirt roads and wooden electricity posts, Van Fries suddenly started babbling in a strange mix of Frisian and other languages. Strangely enough, it reminded him of his mother’s home town, Zwaagwesteinde, Westereen. ‘Tongues’ is about the deceptive power of nostalgia. It is often in places far from home that languages and customs that once seemed unimportant suddenly become so dear to us. Nyk sings and recites his work, while also sampling film and music fragments. He has a rare gift for building suspense around apparently unimportant forgotten events.
Sunday, 9 September, Sint-Bonifatiuskerk, 14.00-14.45 Sint-Bonifatiuskerk hours, entry free of charge, be on time!

Famke fan snie (Girl of the snow)
Poet and musician Paul van Dijk takes us to a place somewhere between rainbows and slumbering dreams. In the search for ‘famke fan snie’. Trying to find direction in dreams and language, in cities and in forests; searching for the past in a quest for survival. This event is a cross-over of poetry and music. Musicians Jan Hoekstra (guitar), Thys Wadman (cello), Pieter Feenstra (drums), Jurjen Faber (guitar) and Rudy Lobisch (saxophones) will enter into a musical dialogue with Paul, themselves and the audience through neo-classical music.
Sunday, 9 September, Sint-Bonifatiuskerk, 17.00-17.40 hours, entry free of charge, be on time!

Tip & more information
The ‘Wâldman’ exhibition will start in Museum Belvédère on 6 October.
For more detailed information on the Admiralty Days, please visit the event website.

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