Leisure tip: culture and nature at Arcadia in Friesland

A wandering forest, a huge lit globe, and many interesting exhibits: The Triennale Arcadia in Friesland begins on May 6.

After the European Capital of Culture 2018, Friesland, the northern province of the Netherlands, has once again become the scene of a major (international) cultural event with the first edition of the Triennale Arcadia. The Hundred Days of Culture will officially open the weekend of May 6-8. More than 20,000 Frisians participate in the program. It is expected that 750,000 visitors will be present during the event. You will encounter, among others, Bosk, the Leeuwarden Forest Walk, the Paradys, the Oranjewoud Park visual arts gallery with national (international) artists, and PAFFF, a brand new performing arts festival.

Arcadia, 100 Days of Shows, Exhibitions and Mienskip (Community)

During the opening weekend, visitors will be presented with a selection of the three-day 100-day program at various locations in Friesland. The central question: “How do we leave our land and our society to future generations?” Hopeful perspectives are presented by famous local and national artists, cultural workers and the Frisian city of Mainescape. “The challenges of our time require new and shared perspectives. “Artists, just like everyone else, are able to show us new perspectives and, above all, get a feel for them,” says Schord Botsma, Artistic Director at Arcadia.

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Friday, May 6 – premiere of Gaia . mobile artwork

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

Saturday 7 May – Bosk Forest Opening for Picnics

Bosque, one of Arcadia’s biggest projects, will open on Saturday. A walking forest with more than 1,000 trees. In a hundred days, these trees will roam the center of Leeuwarden and literally turn the city green. The trees, with an average height of 6 meters, span 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, founder of the Oerol Festival and landscape artist Bruno Doedens. Opening Day features “Forest of Sounds,” a vocal spectacle by composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven sung by hundreds of singers. Bosk has a busy schedule, most of which begins on the opening weekend and runs through August 14.

The exhibition Fertile Grounds will open at the Fries Museum, also in Leeuwarden, where designer Christian Meandertsma and international curators Laura Drouet and Olivier Lacrots of Studio dots reflect light on the Frisian swamps.

Sunday May 8 – Paradise Art Fair kicks off

On Sunday, Paradys International Art Fair will officially open at Orangewood Parkland. In the gallery, international visual artists such as Gregor Schneider, Diana Scherer, Mercedes Azpilicueta and Eric van Lichot display fundamentally new works. Artists come from all over the world to challenge our notion of ‘paradise’ and the ghosts of Orangwood Gardens. On this day, the Romanian artist Alexandra Beresi will perform at the Ecocath Cathedral in Meldam. With the performance of the building blocks, it is associated with the eco-cathedral of Louis-le-Roy. Not with pebbles and bricks, but with bodies and sound. The exhibition was assembled by curator, art critic and writer Hans den Hartog Jäger and runs through August 14.

What is there to try

During Arcadia, Harlingen will once again receive tall ships from all over the world. The Harlingen longship races will take place from July 14-17. There’s also the new, colorful performing arts festival PAFFF, with an innovative program of world-class artists whose performances defy theater laws and push boundaries. Internationally recognized artists Philip Koesen, Doris Olich, Lea Rodriguez and Sia Hayato are some of the names from the overall programme. 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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