Last year, Four Culture was proud to work with Nottingham on its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Following the crushing EU ruling on eligibility in November, we are delighted to again be fostering cultural ties between the UK and Europe, working with Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018 to promote its fantastic programme to British cultural audiences.

This year an entire region has been awarded the title, showcasing how Frisians do things just a little bit differently. The unmissable programme ranges from a major retrospective of iconic graphic artist M.C Escher, in his hometown of Leeuwarden, to Der Stormruiter, an epic production that features a herd of one hundred Friesian Horses set to music by British composer Philip Curtis. Artists from all over the globe – including an impressive array of artists and musicians from the UK including Cornelia Parker OBE, Lucy & Jorge Orta, Tim Etchells, and Nigel Kennedy – will travel to Friesland for a year of exhibitions, theatre productions, concerts, community projects and workshops.

Iepen mienskip – an open sense of community – is at the heart of everything Leeuwarden-Friesland will do and the programme is designed to show the world how culture can shape a better future, not just for Friesland, but Europe and the world. Themes of sustainability, diversity and social justice run throughout – from a textile artist championing biodiversity to a music festival as a lab for sustainable innovation.

Friesland is opening its arms to the world this year and we hope you’ll join us in embracing everything this fascinating region has to offer!