Fryslân Dei

The value of a lesser used language
in the European context

The Province of Fryslân invites you for the Fryslân Dei in Brussels; a day for and with countries, regions and cities.


In 2018 Leeuwarden-Fryslân was European Capital of Culture and ‘Lân fan Taal’ (Country of Language) has emerged. With as a starting point: “All languages are equal and language is boundless”. The purpose is to let language live, to play with language and to speak out.


We would like to celebrate our language and think with you about the future. In an active morning program, the intellect will be excited by science, the creative brain by poetry and music. Let us surprise and inspire you. Let us make you think.



09.30 - 10.00 Welcome and registration
10.00 Welcome by drs. A.A.M. Brok, King’s commissioner in the province of Fryslân
10.10 - 11.00 Plenary program:
Global Frisian: The future of a lesser used language.
Prof. dr. G.T. Jensma Professor of Frisian studies/minorities & multilingualism at University of Groningen

Thriving or downfall? The issue of diversity in Frisian education.
dr. J. da Silveira Duarte , Professor of Multilingualism at NHL Stenden University of Applied sciences Leeuwarden

Vision of the province of Fryslân
Ms. S.A.E. Poepjes, regional minister in the province of Fryslân
11.00 - 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.00 Language & Culture
Lectures, music, spoken words an poetry from Mark Hospers (Director Explore the North), Willem Bongers-Dek (Director de Buren Brussels) Arjan Hut, Wiebe Kaspers, Michelle Samba, Het Kanaal en Tsead Bruinja (Poet laureate of the Netherlands)
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

Location and date

De Warande, Zinnerstraat 1, 1000 Brussels
Wednesday the 9th of October, 9.30 – 13.30 (including lunch)


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