Bosk

Every day for a hundred days, a different part of the city centre of Leeuwarden will be coloured green. That is because over one thousand large and small trees will be walking around the city. This ‘walking’ forest will give the trees – and with them, nature – a voice: what can we learn from trees and how does the forest view the human world? There are all sorts of things going on in the walking forest, it’s always dynamic. Residents, enterprises and local and international artists will all contribute. The forest will play with your senses and thanks to a dedicated team of hundreds of volunteers it will create a new network of interconnected roots.

Location: Leeuwarden – City centre Dates: 7 May to 14 August 2022


Bosk is more than just an impressive, mobile art installation, though. It’s an arts project with a packed programme of performances and exhibitions that focus our attention on the urgent need to change our view of the relationship between humanity and nature. It ranges from a summer school for Leeuwarden neighbourhoods, a Bosk news programme for primary school pupils and a whispering garden full of inspiration, to a spectacular percussion show and dance performances that will knock you off your socks.

For 100 days, Bosk will also create space for everyone to make time for conversations, art and ideas. After a hundred days, the walking forest will leave Leeuwarden city centre. The trees will make their way to their final destinations. Dispersed throughout the city and in the surrounding areas, they will find fresh soil where they can put down roots and keep an eye on future generations.

A walking forest

The city squares are clearings in the forest, livened up by cultural activities which enhance the story of the walking forest. Besides organising a cultural, educational and in-depth programme, Bosk is also initiating all sorts of green initiatives in Leeuwarden’s city centre and suburbs and in the wider province of Fryslân. This autonomous artwork was initiated by the late Joop Mulder (Sense of Place) and created by Bruno Doedens (SLeM) in close collaboration with Arcadia.

Route

Bosk follows an approximately 3.5 kilometre route through Leeuwarden city centre and tours from location to location. Bosk moves in stages on weekdays, so the forest decreases in one place while growing somewhere else. These events are included on the route map. The dates are still conditional.

Bosk follows an approximately 3.5 kilometre route through Leeuwarden city centre and tours from location to location. Bosk moves in stages on weekdays, so the forest decreases in one place while growing somewhere else. These events are included on the route map. The dates are still conditional.

Programme

Bosk tells a story that connects, enchants, broadens horizons but is also relatable. Humanity and nature both stand to benefit from rewriting the story of the Earth. That’s why anyone can join Bosk and the project invites you share your thoughts and to participate. Together with participants, neighbourhoods, villages, associations, entrepreneurs and organisations, Bosk aims to create a greener future by planting lots and lots of trees. After 14 August, then, the trees and the thousands of seedlings of the walking forest will all find permanent places in the Leeuwarden municipality. Arcadia will announce the content of the various programme elements at its programme presentation.

FAQ

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Bosk is made possible in part by GroenLeven. GroenLeven is the market leader in renewable energy and works together with governments, network operators, companies, education, residents and innovative entrepreneurs to create sustainable energy sources.

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