The 100-day-long arts festival in Leeuwarden, Arcadia, has officially reached its halfway point as of Friday, the 24th of June. This weekend, the festival will be leaning heavily on its themes of environmentalism and sustainability with workshops and dance performances.
From the 25th of June to the 3rd of July, ballerina performances will take place throughout the Bosk. Bosk, which originally kicked off the festival, is a moving “forest” of several hundred trees that migrate throughout the city of Leeuwarden. The march of the trees began in front of Leeuwarden’s central station but has now made its way through much of the city.
The ballerina performances themselves, titled Natural Connection, will take place on the Gouverneursplein and Waagplein and will be free of charge for all visitors. In line with Bosk’s vision of a reconnection with the natural world the dances will be themed around various animals and plants, such as flocks of birds, butterflies, and flowers. The performing ballerinas are of all ages, from children to adults.
On the 25th of June, Arcadia will also host, in collaboration with the Frisian Environmental Federation, a workshop about environmentally sustainable gardening.
The workshop will be hosted by Timo ter Voort and Kari Kuggeleijn, members of the Recovery Program Biodiversity Fryslân. The learning goal, among various other topics, is to teach aspiring gardeners how to get rid of pests without the use of toxins or pesticides. Much like the ballerina performances, the event is free of charge.
The workshop will take place at Leeuwardern’s historical archives building, Tresoar. You can sign up for the event through Arcadia’s official website.
Interested in learning more about Arcadia, its various other projects, and, of course, Bosk? Check out our previous coverage on the launch of Friesland’s largest arts festival, here.