Eleven fountains in the eleven Frisian cities, designed by eleven artists from eleven different countries. 11fountains is an international art project for Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018, cultural capital of Europe, conceived and curated by Anna Tilroe. The fountains are ready for a new season in which fog, ice, steam and seawater take the center stage.

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In the old days, large linden trees were a place of social gathering in villages, and just like that, each of the 11 fountains forms a central meeting place in ‘their’ city. Visit them all, or let yourself be inspired on one of the walking routes that connect the cities.

Art and churches

Friesland has the largest church density of Northern Europe and an equally rich history. An old country steeped in traditions, with people that honour the country and culture with exceptional art, both inside and outside the walls of the museums. This is reflected in the coats of arms, terp churches and art monasteries of the province.

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Dream and dare

Happiness, love, freedom, good fortune… Characteristics you may not associate the Frisians with, but these sober-minded people have always dared to dream of better times. They never let anyone tell them which king to serve, they refused to give up their language and saw contests and trade opportunities in even the most threatening elements. In other words, they know perfectly well how to make their own happiness.

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Nature and climate

As our climate changes, the world around us is changing too. We are faced with the disappearance of certain flora and fauna, the seawater rises and dykes are raised in the battle for dry feet. Traditions are fading away. In Friesland, the changes in nature and the climate are deeply felt. There may never again be an Elfstedentocht, the famous ‘11 cities ice skating tour’ on the frozen canals that all Frisians and many others dream of…

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Sea and trade

The Frisians have always had an intense relationship with the sea. As a boundary, it threatens and protects, while also offering great opportunities. Sail it and find new treasures, throw out your net and catch fresh fish, build a harbour and receive people from all over the world to trade with. Even the Vikings knew where to find Friesland and were welcome guests because of their wealth.

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The experience of 11fountains does not end with a visit to one of the eleven fountains. Discover all the cities and immerse yourself in the background stories with a guide. Or watch the city guide videos of Dokkum, IJlst, Franeker, Leeuwarden and Workum. Keep an eye on for future events.

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