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Festival Weekend 19-21 November

Are you up for dancing on the threshold?

We will be taking you to various locations throughout Leeuwarden's special city centre. Engage with stories in every shape and form, introduce yourself to music, literature, theatre and more, from the Netherlands and abroad, in surprising combinations. Embark on a voyage of discovery travelling to uncharted waters, unexpected art forms and special productions and coproductions.And of course try dancing on the threshold with us!

Festival Period

Our November festival period has three elements: the festival weekend, the De Westerkas venue and a number of special projects taking place on other dates than the festival weekend itself, presented in collaboration with our partners.

19 - 21 November Festival Explore the North
5 - 17 November   De Westerkas

Ticket Sales

An Explore Everything ticket (€49.50) provides access to all programme events during our three-day festival weekend (19, 20 and 21 November). Special children's tickets are available for children aged 12 and under, while anyone aged 20 and under can also purchase a ticket at an extra discount. If you prefer to visit a single day, day tickets are available: for Friday 19 November for €22.50 and for Saturday 20 November for €29.50.

More information & tickets

Coronavirus Check

It is of course unavoidable: Anyone aged 13 and over is required to present a ‘coronavirus pass’ (coronatoegangsbewijs) in order to visit our festival, including during the festival weekend (19–21 November). You can use the CoronaCheck app for this or bring along a printed version of your QR code (via gebruiken.

Should any changes to coronavirus-related rules and legislation take place, we will inform you. To stay up to date, please monitor our website, our frequently asked questions-page (FAQ) and our social media channels.

Festival programme events requiring registration

A number of intimate programme events will take place at venues with restricted capacity and/or seating, or are events presented at scheduled times (in 'time blocks', i.e. tijdsblokken in Dutch). This means that you will have to register in advance to attend these events, using the Tickets button at the top of this page. These programme events are accessible free of charge to anyone with a valid festival wristband (festivalbandje).

This relates to the following programme events:
- the expeditions
- the It gelok fan Fryslân - Tryater
- Project Overtone by Bouke Groen

Read more here about our expeditions, It gelok fan Fryslân, Project Overtone and NEPEN.

Please note the following

The intimate locations used as Explore the North venues have limited space. So make sure to be on time, since latecomers will not be able to attend (as the Dutch say, 'full is full’: vol=vol).