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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 […]

When language is no fun

Secondary program

Language is amazing, but not for everyone. People with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) often don’t experience language as much fun. Children with Developmental Language Disorder have difficulty in talking, learning to speak and understanding language. Their brains are less effective at processing language. This results in lagging development and frustration. 

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!

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!

Poetry Circle 058

Secondary program

Poetry Circle is a national platform for writing performers and performing writers. Leeuwarden has had its own Circle since 2016, with pop podium Neushoorn as its base. This is also the place where the annual national Poetry Circle Manifestation will be taking place on Saturday 7 July. Visitors can enjoy performances and shows by no […]

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!

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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 […]

8th day

Secondary program

In Leeuwarden, a gigantic “Goldberg machine” that has never been seen before will be constructed: an energetic chain reaction of installations and human actions. It will wind through the city in a figure-of-eight shaped route. And you can actively contribute, either as a resident or visitor!

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