until 28 November Kneppelfreed

Kneppelfreed


Kneppelvreed 

On November 16, 1951, a battle was fought over the position of language: the mother tongue, the language of public administration. Politician and journalist Fedde Schurer had to answer for an editorial in the Palace of Justice in which he protested against the ban on speaking Frisian in court. Outside, clubs, motorcycles with sidecars and water cannons were used to fight the demonstrators. The day soon became known as Kneppelfreed (Bat Friday) and received national attention. This was the beginning of the emancipation of Frisian.

Seventy years later, Kneppelfreed is the reason for a spec…

Kneppelvreed 

On November 16, 1951, a battle was fought over the position of language: the mother tongue, the language of public administration. Politician and journalist Fedde Schurer had to answer for an editorial in the Palace of Justice in which he protested against the ban on speaking Frisian in court. Outside, clubs, motorcycles with sidecars and water cannons were used to fight the demonstrators. The day soon became known as Kneppelfreed (Bat Friday) and received national attention. This was the beginning of the emancipation of Frisian.

Seventy years later, Kneppelfreed is the reason for a special performance. Directed by Sjoeke-Marije Wallendal and artistic direction by Jos Thie, a top cast will play, including Joke Tjalsma and Ali Zijlstra, a text by Bouke Oldenhof. The performance takes the form of a special court case and takes the viewer through time through three court cases in which language plays a role. It is not only about Frisian but also about diversity in general. Mr. Abel Hertzberg's argument from 1951 is still excitingly topical.

Kneppelfreed is a co-production of De Harmonie and Pier21. Just like the historical court cases, the performance is in both Frisian and Dutch. In the same imposing Palace of Justice.

Contact

Address:
Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie
Ruiterskwartier 4
8911 BP Leeuwarden
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When

  • every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until November 28th, 2021

Location