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Unforgettable. Leeuwarden-Friesland held the title of European Capital of Culture for a year. And a lot happened in 2018, in addition to a packed cultural agenda. Limits were pushed and bridges were built. It launched discussions and innovation. Dozens of organisations, hundreds of projects, thousands of volunteers and millions of visitors showed themselves. It was an unforgettable year, of which we can be justifiably proud. And we’re not done yet.

We are working towards a new Friesland. The journey started in 2008. Taking better care of ourselves and the Earth and daring to dream bigger. Streets, meadows, squares, lakes, greenhouses and churches – no place was too crazy to bring Frisian dreams to life. The stories about our history, social issues and a bright future brought Friesland rave reviews, and we were in the international spotlight.

We’re now building on that because this was just the beginning. There’s still work to be done on the ‘iepen-mienskip’ (open community). The air is still not clean and there is still pollution in the soil. We have areas with declining populations and too many people are excluded by society. We want to pass on the best Friesland to the 2028 generation, so there is work to be done. That is why after the successful cultural year, we’re starting to work on the legacy.

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