1000 days of development

With Bouwurk, we want to prove in 2025 that a building can be much more than four walls with a roof. On the Oldehoofsterkerkhof, we will create an impressive building that defies all the rules. Built with joy as the corner stone, like when we were children, full of curiosity and fun, when we could build towers from anything we came across. 

It will be a building full of new ideas and firsts. With walls made from Frisian soil, sustainable crops and creative building blocks from all over the province. Everyone can contribute and we see every challenge we come across as an opportunity to try something new. With Bouwurk, we want to show that we Frisians can create something undreamed-of. That as humans we are capable of amazing things, as long as we are prepared to commit ourselves to them together. Even when things are uncertain and messy in our society.

We will be working on collaborations and ideas for one thousand days, before starting the build in May 2025. Once built, it will be used as a creative centre for people looking for a place to make, invent and experiment. Would you like to create a performance with your village? Use Bouwurk as your podium. Are you looking for fresh ideas or inspiration? Get to work in the makers’ space. Are you an artist? Come to an exhibition and then get to work together. 

Help us build

Culture maker

You are an artist or creative who likes to make new things. You like to think differently and shine a new light on problems and events and want to participate in Arcadia.


You enjoy rolling up your sleeves and doing something. You like to make connections with other people and work on projects together.


You are a Handy Henry and are great with your hands. You have an amazing skill or hobby, and you love sharing your knowledge with others. Maybe you’re a star knitter or prima ballerina. Join Arcadia!

Village (association)

You are on the board of a (village) association and would like to do something with your members. Maybe you want to share your activity on a stage, want to organise an event in your local area, or want to support a cause that is really important to your members?


You are a true professional and have skills that you like to use for initiatives or projects. Maybe you are an exceptionally good carpenter, clockmaker, seamstress or architect. We could probably use your help!


You want to participate in Arcadia as a company. Together with your employees, you want to work towards a better world. Perhaps you and your employees would like to volunteer, or you can help us in another way. Sign up now!

Cultural institution

As a cultural institution, you would like to work with Arcadia on amazing projects. You have the people, ideas or facilities and would like to make these available to Arcadia. This is how we can create a wonderful program together in 2025.

Civic organisation

Your organization is happy to make people, ideas or facilities available to Arcadia, to work together on a successful program in 2025. Or you think it is important that the program is accessible to specific target groups and would like to help us make that possible.


You are organising an event that you think would be great for the Arcadia program. Or perhaps you would like to collaborate with us or discuss ideas that are suitable for one of the program elements.


As a school, you fully agree that your students are the new generation and that we have to do everything in our power to work together to create a better world. For them! You want your curriculum to tie in with the Arcadia program or vice versa.

Family or group of friends

You enjoy rolling up your sleeves and doing something. You want to join in this amazing experience. Feel welcome to join in and help us organise our party!


You are always in for an adventure and like to use your organisational talents to improve the world around you. You love working together with your neighbours to make your city or village more beautiful and a better place to live. You are a true leader!

Lead Partner Arcadia