Our era is changing. The world has grown and society is more diverse. It takes a great deal of courage, creativity and imagination to deal with those changes. Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 tackles its Capital of Culture year by sticking its head above the parapet. By bringing about change in the province, country and Europe in order to go from a community to an open community. By seeing the chances that appear and listening to new insights. By being flexible and adjusting without losing yourself.
Because once the Frisians have something in their heads, they are not lazy in setting about accomplishing it. The Frisian people have always worked hard to achieve common goals. Look at the Middle Ages, when the Frisian Freedom managed to ensure that we Frisians did not serve under any lord. Or take 1815, when the Netherlands became a kingdom, albeit one with two official languages.
Call it idiosyncratic, but Frisians know good and well how to become part of a new era while retaining their own identity. As a proud region and part of Europe. A strong own culture and a cosmopolitan impact: the Frisians find creative strength in the contrast.
Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 is all about cultural crossovers. Cocktails of the past and present, mixed between city and country, between scientists and artists. Art is not just the goal, but the means.
That’s what many of our projects in 2018 are about: looking with courage, imagination and creativity at how Friesland can face a sustainable future. If we put aside our daily annoyances, the discussion can turn to what’s really important. How do we deal with each other? Is there a place for everyone? Are we paying enough attention to the climate? To biodiversity?