Immie Jonkmann

@ CEO of „Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 – 2028, NL

From the start in 2012, Leeuwarden-Friesland saw being an ECoC as a chance, a
chance to change the future of the city and the region. Being an ECoC is just the first
step in creating a better future, a more attractive world. But for a good legacy you need a
successful cultural capital year, you need the show government and other partners like
the cultural institutions, businesses and artists what it is that an ECoC can bring to a city
and a region.
Immie is going to talk about what the ECoC brought to Leeuwarden and Friesland in
2018, but also how, now, they are working on the legacy. For Leeuwarden-Friesland the
legacy is a way to not throw away the changes we’ve made by being an ECoC but
further develop these. This means economic growth, growth in tourism, more chances
for young talented artists and as a whole being an attractive region for people to work,
live and be. This year Leeuwarden-Friesland presents the first event of this ECoC-
legacy: the first edition of Arcadia. A tri-annual large-scale event that will bring more that
60 small and large cultural projects over a period of a 100 days, this summer. Again, like
the cultural capital, a cooperation with thousands of people, all working together on
further bettering the region