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Leeuwarden-Friesland is the 2018 European Capital of Culture and it’s never been a better time to go on a vacation. With more than 100 programme components, we show how we Frisians celebrate life and thereby leave a healthy planet behind for future generations. We’re going to stick our heads above the parapet and dare to show the world how we go our own unique way. Culture is not the goal, but the means. Our landscape is the stage and everyone is invited.

A better future

Open yourself up to the unknown, become surprised by the mysterious and experience for yourself the meaning of the biggest event in Frisian history. 2018 is not only a celebration, but also a step towards a better future. Frisians, Dutch and Europeans roll up their sleeves and work on issues that are important for future generations.

A year full of wonder

On 26 and 27 January 2018, the Capital of Culture year will start with a rousing opening in the province. The Fries Museum honours Mata Hari and M.C. Escher, both from Leeuwarden, with an exhibition of international allure. More than one hundred Frisian horses shine in a magical theatrical event.

Hugely beautiful

Impressive sailing ships moor in Harlingen during a literary edition of The Tall Ships Races, and the Netherlands will experience a first with the arrival of the Royal de Luxe Giants: this will be the first time that the French Giants have ever been in our country. 11Fountains provides Friesland with a permanent Elfstedentocht.

Get some fresh air

In Oranjewoud, nature literally becomes the concert hall for classical music lovers. Meanwhile, the Wadden region promises to become a new discovery for culture lovers with the remarkable landscape art of Sense of Place, and Under de Toer brings to life previously unknown stories in theatrical productions in 32 churches. And those who want to spend the night under the Frisian stars after hours of cultural walks, Ontwakend Landschap provides the most beautiful four-poster bed imaginable. So make sure you’re there.