Leisure Tip: Culture and Nature at Arcadia in Friesland

A wandering forest, a huge illuminated globe and lots of interesting exhibits: The Arcadia Triennale kicks off in Friesland on May 6th.

After the European Capital of Culture 2018, Friesland, the northern province of the Netherlands, is again the scene of a major (inter) national cultural event with the first edition of the Arcadia Triennial. “One Hundred Days of Culture” will officially open on the weekend of May 6-8. More than 20,000 Frisians participate in the program. 750,000 visitors are expected during the event. You will experience, among other things, Bosk, a walking forest in Leeuwarden, Paradys, a visual arts exhibition in Oranjewoud Park with (international) artists and PAFFF, a brand new performing arts festival.

Arcadia, 100 days of shows, exhibitions and micskip (community)

During the opening weekend, visitors will be introduced to a selection of the 100-day three-day program at various locations in Friesland. The central question: “How do we leave our land and our society for future generations?” Hopeful perspectives are offered by renowned (international) and local artists, cultural workers and the Frisian city of Mienskip. “The challenges of our time require new, common perspectives. “Artists, like no other, are able to show us new perspectives and, above all, to feel them,” says Arcadia’s artistic director Sjoerd Bootsma.

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Friday, May 6 – The premiere of the traveling work Gaia

Arcadia begins in Franeker, the city with a rich academic and astronomical past. Here is the Frisian premiere of Gaia’s walking artwork, a seven-meter-diameter illuminated globe by artist Luke Jerram. Gaia shows the essence of Arcadia 2022: This is our only planet, how do we pass it on to future generations?

Saturday, May 7 – Opening of the Bosk hiking forest

One of Arcadia’s biggest projects, Bosk, will open on Saturday. A standing forest with more than 1000 trees. In a hundred days these trees will wander through Leeuwarden city center and literally make the city green. The trees, with an average height of 6 meters, lie at a total distance of 3.5 kilometers. The forest gives trees – and thus nature – a voice: What can we learn from trees and how do forests view the human world?

Bosk is an idea of ​​the late Joop Mulder, the founder of the Oerol Festival and landscape artist Bruno Doedens. The opening day features “Forest of Voices,” a soundtrack by composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven sung by hundreds of singers. Bosk has a busy schedule, most of which starts this opening weekend and lasts until August 14th.

The ‘Fertile Grounds’ exhibition will open at the Fries Museum, also in Leeuwarden, in which stylist Christien Meindertsma and international curators Laura Drouet and Olivier Lacrots from Studio dots reflect on the land of Frisian neighborhoods.

Sunday, May 8 – start of the Paradys art exhibition

On Sunday, the Paradys International Art Exhibition will officially open in Oranjewoud Park. In the exhibition, international visual artists such as Gregor Schneider, Diana Scherer, Mercedes Azpilicueta and Erik van Lieshout display mostly new works. Artists come from all over the world to challenge our notion of ‘paradise’ and to challenge the idyll of Oranjewoud Park. On this day, Romanian artist Alexandra Pirici will hold a performance at the Eco-Cathedral in Mildam. With the Building Blocks performance, it connects to the Louis Le Roy Eco-Cathedral. Not with cobblestones and bricks, but with bodies and voice. The exhibition was organized by curator, art critic and writer Hans den Hartog Jager and will run until August 14.

What else is there to experience

During the Arcadia, Harlingen will once again receive high ships from all over the world. The high boat races in Harlingen will take place from 14 to 17 July. There is also the new, colorful PAFFF Performing Arts Festival, with an innovative program of high-class international artists whose performances defy theater laws and push boundaries. Internationally renowned artists Philippe Quesne, Doris Uhlich, Lia Rodrigues and Cia Hiato are some of the names on the extensive program. The motto of this festival is: “Language is not a problem” and can be visited from May 27 to June 19.

Arcadia takes place from May 6 to August 14. More information at www.arcadia.frl.

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