Your questions, our answers

You can always ask us anything. About who we are, what we do and why. You might find the answer to your question below, where we’ve compiled and answered the most frequently asked questions.​

What is a Cultural Capital of Europe?

Cultural Capital of Europe is an international cultural project and one of Europe’s most ambitious events. It works like this: each year, two countries from the European Union hold a national competition. One city in these countries is eventually designated as Cultural Capital of Europe for a year. For 2018, Leeuwarden is one of the two European cities and we are proud of that! But it’s not just a Frisian celebration; Leeuwarden-Friesland Cultural Capital of Europe 2018 is a national Dutch event with as epicentre Leeuwarden and the province of Friesland.


Why did Leeuwarden with Friesland win?

The European jury in 2013 was really won over by the ideas in our bid book (presentation book). According to the European jury, the Frisian mienskip (community) was the reason that Leeuwarden-Friesland was chosen as Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018. The unique involvement of Frisians with their immediate surroundings, family, neighbours, associations and corps made a big impression. The idea of having the events actually leave something long-lasting behind especially excited the jury members. We think that the cultural initiatives should mean something. That they give a fresh boost to our way of thinking and living. This could be done in different ways, for example, in the area of clean drinking water, the multicultural society, sustainable innovation and fighting poverty.

What is de iepen mienskip actually?

The iepen mienskip - open community - is the theme of our programme: Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018. With more than 800 projects, we will show an open community to the Netherlands and the rest of Europe in 2018; an idiosyncratic and committed community sensitive to and curious about each other’s ideas, opportunities and challenges. By showing our cultural credentials in 2018, we want to connect with different communities across Europe. Both online and ‘in real life’.

Iepen Mienskip: an idiosyncratic and committed community sensitive to and curious about each other’s ideas, opportunities and challenges.