Jelle Burggraaff

@ Expert on Creative Cooperation (formerly having worked for Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018)


“The audience as co-producer in Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018”

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With 60 main events focusing on audience participation and over 400 cultural initiatives produced by the community itself, Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 paved the way for a new type of European Capital of Culture that put the collaboration between the cultural producer and the audience in the foreground. In his presentation, Jelle Burggraaff focuses on the key factors behind the very strong involvement of the citizens in this project. He explains how throughout the entire region, cultural producers have worked together with communities and how communities have been supported to produce events themselves as well. The presentation offers fresh insights and examples of how to involve audiences as a creator in the process of composing a cultural programme.


Jelle Burggraaff is an expert on creative cooperation, specializing in the international cultural and educational field. As part of the programme team of Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 (NL), he was responsible for the implementation of the European Dimension of this project.
Jelle Burggraaff’s work focuses on establishing new connections and partnerships between cultural producers, organisations and networks around Europe and beyond. For Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018, he closely worked together with the embassies from all over the world, as well as cultural organisations like the British Council, the ISPA and over 20 European Capitals of Culture.
Jelle Burggraaff studied Euroculture: Europe in the Wider World at the University of Groningen (NL) and the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao (ES)

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