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Stimmen: science – lectures

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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.

Opening Language Garden & Pavilions

Wednesday 14 March 2018


This Easter weekend it’s finally time for a new part of Lân fan taal to be officially opened in the Prinsentuin of Leeuwarden! Then, everybody will be able to enjoy the Language Garden with the two new pavilions ‘MeM-Livingroom of Languages‘ (run by Afûk/BUOG) and pavilion ‘Liwwadders‘ (run by Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden and partner DNALWD2018). […]

Programme opening Lân fan taal

Wednesday 24 January 2018


The first weekend of February, Lân fan taal opens. To celebrate this, there will be a free language festival. On Friday evening the premiere of ‘Foarlopich lân / Voorlopig land’ takes place, a multilingual video projection on the Oldehove. On Saturday, February 3, Tresoar will organise an open house and on Sunday, February 4, DNALWD2018 […]

In the courtyard of the Fryske Akademy

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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 […]

A party for the deaf

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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 […]

The Sea! The Sea!

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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.

Mini festivals

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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.

Potatoes go Wild

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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!

Art Installation by Tim Etchells

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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!

Language Pavilion MeM – Livingroom of Languages

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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

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“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!

Explore the North

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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!

Liwwadders! Our present, past and future.

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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.

Poetry Circle 058

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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

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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!

De Taalkaravaan

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In the summer, Lân fan taal’s Language Caravan will be travelling through Friesland, supporting existing festivals and events with a rich programme of music and other elements centred around languages. The motto of the caravan is: ‘hjir wol ik wei, hjir wol ik altyd bliuwe’ (I want to leave this place, I want to stay […]

8th day

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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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