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Liwwadders! Our present, past and future..

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.

The subtitle Our past, present and future. What’s yours? indicates what the pavilion is all about: the identity of (the municipality of) Leeuwarden and its residents. In an exhibition, you will travel through time and get to know the Liwwadders of the past. These include a terpbewoner (hill-dweller) from the 1st century, mayor Adje Lamberts who drove the Spaniards out of Leeuwarden in 1580 and of course Saskia van Uylenburgh, the wife of the world-famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn! What did their language sound like? What were their lives like?

Liwwadders of today talk about their “DNA”. What connects them to the city?  What did they put in their test tubes that have been incorporated into the DNA artwork in the Municipal Offices by the artists Hein de Graaf and Joop Swart? We will also dream about the city of the future. What will Leeuwarden look like in 50 years? How will we live then? Will we travel in self-driving cars? Will we have a different attitude to fossil fuels and green energy? Will there be more Liwwadders in the city, or fewer? In the pavilion, stories from Liwwadders of the present, past and future will come together. Komst eefe sien? (Will you take a look?)

Story of Leeuwarden
At the Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden (HCL) on the Groeneweg, you can follow the development of Leeuwarden, from a village on a terp (man-made hillock) into a modern city, in the exhibition Story of Leeuwarden. And in Zicht op Leeuwarden (Leeuwarden in the Picture) you can see a special 2018 selection of paintings, drawings and prints of famous and unknown places in the city. You can come across many of the places pictured while visiting the city centre. Keep an eye on the HCL programme for all the activities of the 250 years of Liwwadders festival, where the city dialect takes centre stage.

City walks & Oldehove
Book your city walk with an enthusiastic and expert Leeuwarden city guide at the HCL! The HCL organises historical walks, DNA expeditions and language and poetry walks. Learn more and sign up

The HCL also manages the Pier Pander Museum and Temple in the Prinsentuin, as well as the most important tourist attraction of the city: the Oldehove. For more information about opening times and activities, please see: Pier Pander and Oldehove

Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden (Groeneweg 1) & and floating pavilion Liwwadders (behind HCL in the Noorderstadsgracht canal of the Prinsentuin)
Free entrance

Friday 30 March-Sunday 28 October 2018, 7 days a week

Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden, DNALWD2018