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This is Arcadia

Arcadia is a 100-day arts festival in the province of Fryslân, featuring Dutch and international artists. From 6 May to 14 August 2022, we’ll stimulate all your senses with theatre, dance, song, photography, visual arts, literature, and poetry, and accompanying lectures, discussions, and walks. Arcadia returns every three years, challenging you to think with us about the future of mienskip – our landscape and heritage.


Fryslân’s regional anthem describes it as it bêste lân fan d’ierde, the best land on Earth, and this was the inspiration for Arcadia. We have the courage to add an exclamation mark and a question mark to this sentence.

The world has changed, and so have the climate and the ways in which people interact with one another. Here in our beautiful province, we use art and culture to ask questions about ancestry, what kind of world we want to live in, and what we want to leave our children and grandchildren. We believe that together we can create a more beautiful world. Art can help us to do this by encouraging us to talk to and learn from one another, and to put our shoulders to the wheel.


In the summer of 2022, we’ll be offering a 100-day podium for makers and doers who want to change the world. It will include a forest wandering through the streets, dramas on the cliffs of Fryslân, artworks in the park, dancers in abandoned hangars, and music on the mudflats. Sometimes it will be grand and thrilling, sometimes small and intimate. Many of the events are free. Bring your family, or enjoy the experience on your own.

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