1000 days of development

Sometimes the smallest initiatives make a substantial difference. Especially if you work on it together. Over de Drempel helps you take that first key step (literally: stepping over the threshold) to contribute to the fight against loneliness.

Over de Drempel celebrates the joy of connecting with other people. Because anyone who has ever felt lonely. knows how difficult it is to put into words. And how wonderful it actually is to make contact. That is what Over de Drempel is about. It is about opening doors, letting others in and making contact with each other.

Since 2019, the project has been supporting makers who use art and culture to address loneliness and has therefore already taken major steps in the fight for connection. For instance, through a “homesickness restaurant” for students. Or a craft market for young and old, a game night for beginners, artist pen pals, and even a singles’ dinner party.

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 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!


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!


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.


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.


Does your municipality want to get to work on an idea or wish for a better world, a more beautiful Fryslân? Or would you like to support the initiators from your municipality? Sign up now and become part of Arcadia 2025.


Do you have a skill that would be useful for us? Maybe you can shoot amazingly creative pictures, are a pro at copywriting or can organise an event in your sleep? We look forward to receiving your portfolio! However, sound engineers, podcasters and stage builders are also very welcome. We love working with freelancers, so who knows, we may approach you for a great job!

Lead Partner Arcadia