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Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress - Meet the Host Team
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Meet the Host Team

Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress is hosted by Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018 (LF2018)

Jelle Burggraaff, International Cultural Cooperation LF2018, Team leader ISPA congress

Marinda de Groot, Coordinator ISPA congress

Maria Hansen, Executive Director ELIA, Chair of the Leeuwarden 2018 ISPA program committee

Photo (left to right): Maria Hansen, Jelle Burggraaff, and Marinda de Groot

Program committee

Simon Reinink – General Director, The Royal Concertgebouw (ISPA Board member)

Annet Lekkerkerker –General Director, Holland Festival (ISPA member)

Harmen van der Hoek – Managing Director, Club Guy and Roni (ISPA Fellow)

Tamar Brüggemann – Managing Director, Wonderfeel (ISPA Fellow)

Marelie van Rongen – General Director, Oerol Festival

Yvonne Bleize – General Director, Neushoorn

Valentijn Fit – Managing Director, Tryater

Ira Judkovskaja – Artistic Director, Tryater

Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018

Leeuwarden-Friesland (LF2018) is proud to host the European Capital of Culture this year: A prestigious title that gives the city and region the opportunity to host a year-round cultural program that shows the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe and beyond.  

The program reflects the urgencies of an agricultural region, where city and countryside, native and new-comer must work together. It therefore offers many surprising combinations: artists with bio-diversity, theatre with immigration and festivals as a lab for sustainable innovation. It’s not art for art’s sake, but art as the medium for change, the artist working within communities to shape a new environment. The result is a banquet of a program created by a grassroots movement, which in Frisian is called iepen mienskip - an open sense of community. This is the foundation stone of our program which brought thousands of people together who want to shape the future through the medium of a European Capital of Culture.

The program is not only extraordinarily rich for the culture lover, but also for the ecological and social activist. World renowned street theatre, Royal de Luxe, will visit the Netherlands with their giants for the first time. Eleven top International artists have been commissioned for the biggest fountain building project the country has ever seen. And world theater comes to Leeuwarden in Strangers on Stage, while museum enthusiasts can indulge in comprehensive exhibitions that explore De Stijl, Dadaism, Escher and the ever-mysterious Mata Hari.

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