Student - November 17, 2011

A true Northern experience in Leeuwarden

Fryslân - well, it's almost a foreign country. Indeed, Dutch Northerners often feel Northern Europe's boundary lies to the south of them.

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They have traditionally been oriented to the north. People in Friesland and Groningen always had close trading contacts from Canada to Scandinavia and from the Baltic states to Britain.
It may be difficult to describe that ‘northern feeling' but you can experience it on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November in Leeuwarden. That is when the Frisian capital will be hosting Explore the North, a unique festival featuring musicians, writers and poets from countries such as Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. That combination produces some interesting projects. For instance, Seeljocht will create a ‘soundscape'; improvised music around images typical of northern scenery. And Akron/Family, Loney Dear, Teitur and Slagsmålsklubben will also be doing their musical bit.
This is an unusual way to get to know the town centre as the various performances will be held in places you would not normally visit: the former prison, the synagogue, the old post office and the Lutheran Church.
Resource is giving away two tickets for Explore the North. If you are interested, send an e-mail to resource@wur.nl before Thursday, 24 November.

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