The Citybooks project portrays cities in the form of short stories and a series of 24 photos or images. Four writers and two visual artists stay in a city for a while. In 2018, that city was Leeuwarden. You can see and hear the results in Obe, as well as at the Explore the North festival.
This year, the Iraqi author and film-maker, Hassan Blasim, the Flemish author, Erik Vlaminck, the Leeuwarden author, Arjan Hut, and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, writer and voice and sound artist from New York, immersed themselves in the city of Leeuwarden and each one wrote a story. Visual artists Anne Margot Stapert and Chantal Rens were also inspired by Leeuwarden and produced some exceptional images of the city.
Live at Explore the North
The result of these idiosyncratic city portraits can be seen and listened to in Obe for free from 11 November until 8 December. Would you like to find out more about the artists’ experiences? On Thursday, November 22, Erik Vlaminck, Arjan Hut and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will talk about their experiences during a live event at Explore the North.
The written stories are currently being translated into Frisian and English and will also be available for free as audio books later in 2018 at www.citybooks.eu. This website contains more than one hundred Citybooks (from Ostend to Grahamstown, from Lisbon to Jakarta) that have been downloaded more than 5.5 million times by travel and literature lovers.
Citybooks Leeuwarden is a collaboration between Explore the North, Lân fan taal, Flemish-Dutch house deBuren and Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018.