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Stimmen: science – lectures

Main program

In 2018, the University of Groningen and Lân fan taal will organize six popular scientific lectures, with a focus on language. They take place on Tuesday evenings from 20.00-21.00 in Obe. Free entrance, but you have to sign up.

More activities

Most activities on our calendar are connected to one of our (partners) specific projects. But, there are more activities that we would like to bring to your attention in Lân fan taal. These activities you’ll find below.

Community Projects: Theatre

Community program

Within Lân fan taal is of course a place for ‘mienskip’ (means community) projects! Below are the projects that are supported by the special LFT subsidy scheme and are related to ‘theatre’. They are all public-oriented cultural activities with special attention to multilingualism.

Community Projects: Language Adventure

Community program

Within Lân fan taal is of course a place for ‘mienskip’ (means community) projects! Below are the projects that are supported by the special LFT subsidy scheme and are related to ‘language adventure’. They are all public-oriented cultural activities with special attention to multilingualism.

Community Projects: Poetry

Community program

Within Lân fan taal is of course a place for ‘mienskip’ (means community) projects! Below are the projects that are supported by the special LFT subsidy scheme and are related to ‘poetry’. They are all public-oriented cultural activities with special attention to multilingualism.

Community Projects: Education

Community program

Within Lân fan taal is of course a place for ‘mienskip’ (means community) projects! Below are the projects that are supported by the special LFT subsidy scheme and are related to ‘education’. They are all public-oriented cultural activities with special attention to multilingualism.

Community Projects: Visual art

Community program

Within Lân fan taal is of course a place for ‘mienskip’ (means community) projects! Below are the projects that are supported by the special LFT subsidy scheme and are related to ‘visual art’. They are all public-oriented cultural activities with special attention to multilingualism.

Sichtberens

Making the Frisian language and multilingualism visible in public space in a playful and visual way, that is what the ‘Sichtberens’ (Frisian for visibility) project is all about!

In the courtyard of the Fryske Akademy

Main program

Numerous great language initiatives will blossom in the (normally closed) courtyard of the Fryske Akademy. Here you can have kilometres of Frisian words sponsored, find animals of Frisian origin, or in any case hear how they have crept into our language. The many languages spoken in Leeuwarden will also set up camp here, and you […]

Education – Primary and secondary

In addition to a free Language Kit, there are more events and programmes suitable for both primary and secondary education.

Education – Primary education

Why does language exist? What can you do with it? The Lân fan taal educational programme is based around the necessity of language. And, not to forget: the love of language! Primary school pupils can discover what the body says, use the amazing “talkboard” by illustrator Charlotte Dematons, and take part in a multilingual musical!

Language tour

Main program

Our language and our city, both are well known to us. We know the words, sentences and questions, and we know the streets, the sounds, the crowds and the people. Or do we? Join us on the ‘Taaltoer’ / Language Tour. Discover that language does not speak for itself, and that it has some odd […]

Frysk Diktee

Secondary program

The Frysk Diktee (Frisian Dictation) has a long and illustrious tradition. Many famous and not-so-famous Frisians attempt this ultimate language challenge each year. The Nationale Dictee (National Dictation) is disappearing, but in Friesland we’re actually going a step further. We are even going for a record attempt!

A party for the deaf

Secondary program

Sign language and communication between hearing and deaf people are indispensable elements of Lân fan taal. For example, the catering facilities in Language Pavilion MEM will be run by deaf and hearing impaired persons. Will ordering a cup of coffee be as easy as “usual”? On World Deaf Day, there will be a multi-sensory experience […]

Game – US: Lân fan taal

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Unravel an ancient mystery with a brand new game! It is 1867. Cornelis over de Linden discovers a runic manuscript describing a 4,000-year-old Frisian civilisation. He reveals his discovery, and in 1872 it is published under the name “Oera Linda”. But is the piece genuine, or is it a complete forgery? Join one of the […]

Historic travel agency and guide

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Would you like to know how language and writing can connect you to your Frisian ancestors? Who were those ancestors, actually? Where did they live? How did they live? You may find it difficult to find answers to these questions on your own. There is a lot of information on the Internet, but how and […]

The Sea! The Sea!

Secondary program

In 2018, Lân fan taal will travel throughout Friesland with the Language Caravan, a travelling festival. In Harlingen, the caravan will join the Tall Ships Races. Programme element The Sea! The Sea! is an ode to the sea, which has its own language.

When language is no fun

Secondary program

Language is a beautiful thing, but unfortunately not for everyone. If you suffer from a language development disorder (LDD), language may even be your enemy. LDD is a relatively unknown phenomenon. And that’s something we hope to change in 2018! We will do so with Speech Therapy students visiting the primary schools with a bag […]

Mini festivals

Main program

Did you know that the Oldehove will become a spectacular projection screen during 2018? And that’s something to celebrate! That’s why Lân fan taal and Explore the North are organising three mini festivals in the heart of Leeuwarden. The projections are a fine excuse and source of inspiration.

Sjong! Zing! Sing!

Secondary program

Isn’t it great to sing in class? In Frisian, another language, or even in several languages? During 2017-18, schools and classes will write their own lyrics about themselves and their environment, and will audition with these for a talent contest in May. As a warm up, schools will be invited to sing along during the […]

Meeuw Young Writers

Secondary program

Do you enjoy writing for the stage? And do you also enjoy taking to the stage (with others) to present your own poetry, story or performance? Good news: you can now take lessons from the best!

Potatoes go Wild

Secondary program

Are you aware of how important arable farmers are for your daily meal? The potato weeks in Het Bildt will highlight this with surprising literary projects and events. One fantastic element is a poetic exchange with Valetta, which is the other European Capital of Culture in 2018!

Open programme

Community program

Of course, there’s also a place for mienskip (community) projects during Lân fan taal! The province of Friesland is operating a special LFT subsidy scheme during 2017. 7 larger and 6 smaller projects have already been awarded financial support during the first round. They are all cultural activities with a public focus and special attention […]

Art Installation by Tim Etchells

Main program

The British artist, Tim Etchells, has created a new, space-filling work for the new Lân fan Taal building at the Oldehoofsterkerkhof. The ingredients: neon letters, telephones and poetic messages!

Obe – Visitor centre Lân fan taal

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A brand new building forms the entrance to Lân fan taal: Obe. You will be welcomed here as a new “resident” and you can immediately (and playfully) get to work with language. Experience the art installation by Tim Etchells and find out what else there is to do!

Language Pavilion MeM – Livingroom of Languages

Main program

Where can you experience many languages in 2018 and enjoy activities and food from many different language communities? In the specially-designed language pavilion MeM (Frisian for ‘mother’) in the Prinsentuin. At MeM it’s as homely inside as its outer appearance suggests!

Treasure trove of the Frisian culture

Main program

“Ssshh…! In Tresoar, time whispers.” For those who like to see and to listen, Tresoar is a grindstone for thoughts, a source of inspiration, and a memory machine running at full speed with voices of the present and past in documents, films, photos and books. It’s “the place to be” for all those interested in […]

Life-sized projections Oldehove

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The Oldehove was too skewed and too unfinished to be a status symbol for Leeuwarden. However, for Lân van taal, the tower – often the subject of story and song – is in fact a perfect, stubborn icon. It’s also the ideal background for four video artworks created by various, unexpected combinations of (language) artists!

The Language Caravan

Main program

In 2018, the Language Caravan festival will travel throughout Friesland. In this way, Lân fan taal will connect with existing festivals and events and enhance them with a rich, linguistic (musical) programme!

Language Garden

Main program

From 31st of March to 28to of October 2018, the Prinsentuin in Leeuwarden will be transformed into the Language Garden, full of adventures for children from 0 to 12 years, their older brothers/sisters and their parents/grandparents. Playground features, interactive installations, exciting routes: there’s plenty to do for families and school classes!

Explore the North

Secondary program

Ground frost, dew on empty washing lines, frost on the window. Winter strikes hard in the historic heart of Leeuwarden. Time for a festival that warms you from the inside!

1st Conference on Frisian Humanities

Main program

A conference as a multi-course language menu that linguists and those interested in languages can happily sink their teeth into: that sounds great! A different topic will be discussed every day. The more courses, or days, the more layers!

Stimmen fan Fryslân (Voices of Friesland)

Main program

Would like to hear how various languages sound? And different varieties of Frisian? An extensive app lets you discover this and learn a lot about languages. It’s indispensable for language enthusiasts, language experts and teachers!

Liwwadders! Our present, past and future.

Main program

In Leeuwarden, the city dialect (Liwwadders) is spoken in addition to Frisian and many other languages. It is also the name of the floating pavilion in the canal at the edge of the Prinsentuin.

DNA Leeuwarden

Main program

The story of Leeuwarden? It is told by all those people who have left traces behind in the city. DNALWD2018 is collecting all those stories. Everyone who is connected in some way to Leeuwarden can contribute some of their DNA. Not real DNA, of course,  but instead something connected to our city or yourself. A […]

Friezen om utens (Frisians from outside)

Main program

What is the language of the heart of Frisians who have – sometimes long ago – emigrated abroad? You can discover it on local TV, on screens in Lân fan taal and of course online. 

Poetry Circle 058

Secondary program

15 young writers have been getting together every week in the six Poetry Circle towns, and, since 2016, Leeuwarden has been included in this group of cities. They learn from each other and experience “Spoken Word” performers. You can see them perform regularly, or perhaps you would like to take part yourself?

Liet XXL

Secondary program

Liet, a festival that includes a Frisian-language, musical talent contest, was founded in 1991. In 2002, Liet became international and offered a podium to bands in all lesser-known European languages from such regions as Lapland, Brittany and Asturias. And in 2018, Liet will become XXL!

© Saskia Wagenvoort

Yiddish Waves

Secondary program

Bolleboos, gabber, mesjogge or kapsones: the Dutch language is full of Yiddish words. This is not surprising, because Yiddish culture is very much at home among other cultures. And that’s why this year, the theme of the Yiddish Waves festival is “Heymishkeyt”, Yiddish for “feeling at home”. This multicultural festival, where everyone is welcome, will […]

Frisian St Matthew Passion

Main program

Composer and lyricist Peter Sijbenga has been commissioned by the Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO) to create a Frisian version of the St Matthew Passion, the famous oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach. German can be translated very well into Frisian, owing to its flexibility.

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