When you think of ‘kaatsen’ (Frisian handball), you think of Franeker. This old university city harbours the hallowed ground of kaatsen: the Sjûkelân. The most important kaats match for men, the PC, has been held on this patch of green in the centre of the city on every 5th Wednesday of July (actually the 5th Wednesday after 30 June) since 1856.
However, kaatsen is not typically Frisian. It is played in different variants in more than 50 countries and regions, including France, Belgium and the Basque country. The Keatswike is an homage to this beautiful sport, including theatre, music and international competitions. The annual PC is part of the Keatswike.