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About Explore the North

Explore the North is a wintry urban festival from Leeuwarden for music, literature, theatre and more. Besides that Explore the North is also an interdisciplinary production house for makers in the North of the Netherlands.

As an interdisciplinary production house we have sought out partners in the Netherlands and abroad to work together with on various local, national and international projects, which share literature, language and multilingualism as common feature.

Our festival period in november consists of three different parts: the festival weekend, De Stadskas and more special projects. Read more below.

About Explore the North
Festival Explore the North

Explore the North is a wintry urban festival presenting the historical Leeuwarden city centre as stage for music, literature, theatre, visual art and much more besides. The eigth edition of Explore the North will take place on 20 - 22 November 2020.

Visitors to previous editions enjoyed Nils Frahm, Julia Holter, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon, Lisa Hannigan & The Colorist Orchestra, BALOJI, Tamino, Amen Dunes, Jóhann Jóhannson, Bert Wagendorp, Islam Chipsy & EEK, Armando & Oleg Lysenko, to name but a few! And much, much more besides.

Production house

Explore is also a budding interdisciplinary production house for literature, language and multilingualism. We develop various activities throughout the year, with the festival in November as peak moment. We are not in this alone, but are working together with many local, national and international artists and partners. Our projects share literature, language and multilingualism as common feature. As a production house, our aim is to offer (young) theatre makers, writers, poets, musicians and other talents from Friesland and beyond opportunities to develop themselves based in Leeuwarden and Friesland. In addition, Explore the North – as legacy of Lân fan taal – will be providing a long-term impulse to the production climate in Friesland.

As such, Explore the North is developing into an organisation which develops activities throughout the year, culminating in a wintry arts festival in November.