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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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!

Life-sized projections Oldehove

Main program

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!

Language Garden

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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

Explore the North is a winter weekend city festival overflowing with music and stories to warm you up. It uses the historical centre of Leeuwarden as a stage, where will come across music, literature, art and more as you wander through a maze of churches and alleys. 

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 […]

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!

© 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 MOOC

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Would you like to improve your Frisian? You can do so in an easily accessible and simple way with a comprehensive online course. The Fryske MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is for everyone, wherever you live in the world, whether you’re Frisian, a tourist, a “root-seeker” or a language student!

Expedition Ameland

After the storytelling festival in May, the events programmed by Expedition Ameland will continue. In the summer of 2018, you can come and listen to multilingual stories in the museums of Ameland every Wednesday afternoon. Six international storytellers found inspiration in whaler Hidde Dirks Kat’s journal from 1818. Listen, shiver, and enjoy…

De Taalkaravaan

Main program

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

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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