As the nights draw in, cold winds sweep the North, and christmas music begins to spill from every doorway, make the most of this wintry weekend
by Thomas Ansell
The Leeuwarder Courant has helpfully put together a list of things to do this weekend in Friesland. Aside from their suggestions, The Northern Times has used Here & Now in Leeuwarden/Friesland to find some other events going on this weekend in Friesland. Get into the wintry spirit with a christmas concert, wind through a traditional fishing village filled with street theatre, or dance the night away for a good cause!
JCI Friesland, along with the ROAST restaurant in Leeuwarden, are organising the VAT Feest. The dance-floor is open from 21:15, and all proceeds go towards the foundation ‘Friesland Moves’ (Friesland Beweegt), which has a new initiative to help combat loneliness by helping more people go on outings on the opStapBus.
Where: restaurant ROAST, Nieuwestad 63, Leeuwarden
When: from 21:15
Entry: 15 Euros
Stand-up comedians are coming back to the Poppodium Bolwerk, to make sure people laugh the weekend through. This will be the fifth edition of Comedy Club Sneek- and will be in Dutch.
Where: Poppodium Bolwerk, Kerkgracht 8, Sneek
When: from 20:00
Entry: 8.50 Euros
Traditional christmas songs, opera, and classics like ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen will feature heavily in this charming concert taking place in Sint Nicolaasga (near Heerenveen). Aside from the singing, there will be readings and poetry: and all attendees are invited to join in when the choir does sing!
Where: St. Nicolaaskerk, Kerkstraat 14, Sint Nicolaasga
When: from 19:30
Have you always wanted to paint, but not found the time? Are you nervous about approaching a canvas for the first try? Well, fear not, because ArtNight lets you paint together with an expert artist, step by step! All materials are included.
Where: Eetcafe Het Leven, Druifstreek 57, Leeuwarden
Price: 34 Euros
Grootkoor Friesland will share the stage with renowned opera singer Maria Fiselier, supported by the exceptional Brass Band de Wâldsang. Fiselier is perhaps best known for her performance on the hit Dutch TV-show Beste Zangers.
Where: Schouwburg De Lawei, Laweiplein 1, Drachten
When: from 20:00
Entry: 17.50 Euros
This fairytale-like event is a mixture of street theatre and music, all set within the lovely winding streets of Lemmer. Everything is in the style of Charles Dickens, the British writer of A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, and Oliver. A must-see for the whole family.
Where: the streets of Lemmer (South of Sneek)
When: Saturday 16:00 to Sunday 19:00
Entry: 3.50 Euros
The Fryska Fluit Ensemble is made up of five professional flautists from both Groningen and Friesland. They’ll be bringing the music of Tchaikovsky to the atmospheric Agneskerk in Goutum (near Leeuwarden), including a performance of The March of the Toy Soldiers from the Nutcracker Suite.
Where: Agneskerk, Buorren 23, Goutum
Entry: 10 Euros, under 18 free
The Schrans and Verlengde Schrans in Leeuwarden are the longest shopping streets in the city. On Sunday they will be transformed into a wondorous old-fashioned market. Expect classic christmas treats, plenty of gifts, and kid’s attractions.
Where: Schrans, Leeuwarden
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