The conference venue of EGF2024 will be Stadsschouwburg and concert hall De Harmonie in Leeuwarden. De Harmonie is one of the largest theaters in the Netherlands. It is located by the water with lots of green, but also in the middle of the historic center of Leeuwarden with the central station within walking distance and plenty of parking options nearby. There are three fully-fledged theater halls in the building: the Grote Zaal, which can accommodate 1000 guests, the Stadszaal with 450 seats and De Bovenzaal with 300 seats. All this together with the two large foyers where people can meet makes De Harmonie complete.
Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie is a popular theatre, which was voted the most hospitable theatre in the Netherlands in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, the theater was the center of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture.
De Harmonie Stadsschouwburg Leeuwarden, Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911BP Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden is the capital of the Dutch province Friesland. Located in the northwest of the Netherlands, just 1.5 hours drive from Amsterdam. It’s one of the Frisian ‘Elfsteden’ (historical eleven towns). A city with an old historic city centre that has all the characteristics of a typical Dutch city with canals, bridges, a weigh house and many houses from the 17th century (the Dutch golden age).
It’s the birthplace of graphic artist M.C. Escher, double spy Mata Hari, Rembrandt’s wife Saskia van Uylenburgh and it’s the former residence of the Nassau family, the ancestors of the current Dutch king.
With a population of 96.000 it’s big enough to call itself a city, but it mostly feels like a village. Everything is at walking distance. Still, there is enough happening in this city and there is always something to do. Two Universities of Applied Sciences (NHL Stenden and Van Hall Larenstein) as well as Campus Fryslân supply the city with a lively input of young people.
The city centre of Leeuwarden breathes history. Its rich and varied past is best exhibited by the beautiful historic buildings, which include two palaces: the Stadhouderlijk Hof and the Princessehof. The Nieuwestad, which runs through the city centre, is the main waterway for the city, and it has a number of pretty, winding streets leading off it. Many of the shops and boutiques in the centre are behind beautiful restored facades, so you can shop and soak up history at the same time!