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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 the pavilion, stories from Liwwadders of the present, past and future will come together. Come and see our DNA, our identity. ‘Komst eefe sien?’ (Will you take a look?)

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?

Also, 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? Test your knowledge about Leeuwarden, learn to speak Liwwadders and listen to the most beautiful Liwwadder songs. And end with a message for the future that you leave behind in the pavilion.

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

Children’s activity: Discover Leeuwarden (6 to 12 years)
Lân fan Taal has an Explorer Wall for children. Go through the city with special expedition maps from Leeuwarden Historisch Centrum. You’ll be amazed at what you can discover in the city centre. Take part in Neighbourhood Bingo, listen to the languages of the city, discover strange street names, and make a ‘bio-flits’ in the Prinsentuin. ‘Discover Leeuwarden’ shows you the way, and gives a fresh new look at the capital of Friesland. Come along to Liwwadders Pavilion in the Language Garden to get the expedition package for 5 euros. Available in Frisian, Dutch, English and German.

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