King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Open European Capital of Culture For 2018

  January 28, 2018 at 6:22 am by

Yesterday, Saturday January 27, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima participated in the official opening of Leeuwarden-Fryslân as the European Capital of Culture for 2018. The Maltese capital Valletta is also this year’s European Capital of Culture.

To mark the starting of the events, the King and Queen rang the bells of the Oldehove Church which is located in the medievial centre of the city of Leeuwarden.

During this year the province of Friesland will host 250 cultural events. Since 1985, two European cities have been elected European Capital of Culture annually with the purpose to “highlight not only the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe but also the common characteristics”. Each capital establishes a program that highlights their historical and cultural heritage.

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