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Multilingual announcement birth OBE.

OBE is the final name for the new building on the Oldehoofsterkerkhof in Leeuwarden. Bouwbedrijf Lont is responsible for the construction of the language experience center. Deputy Sietske Poepjes announced this today at the Oldehove, during a multilingual kickoff of Lân fan taal.

For the occasion, poet Maarten van der Graaff was asked to write a poem. The Dutch version was recited by himself, the 8-year-old Ivan Hut (son of poet Arjan Hut) read in in Frisian. In the printed version, there are also translations available in e.g. English and Arabian.

Download útjefte gedicht / uitgave gedicht / published poem

The name OBE refers to the famous Frisian poet, Obe Postma. The building, designed by Powerhouse Company from Rotterdam, will be constructed by Bouwbedrijf Lont. The work on site will start in May. At the end of 2017 the first activities will take place. In 2018 OBE will not only contain an interactive visitor center, but also an art installation by Tim Etchells. The exterior includes a permanent grandstand for festivals and events. The building remains after 2018 and will be used as language experience center.

Pictures: Menno de Boer