Summer excursions in Friesland for the coming week: five tips

Tess Merlot sings the French song of life

The first time singer Tess Merlot music by Jacques Brel, lightning struck. Since then the music hasn’t stopped. She formed the band Tess et les Moutons and many shows later, solo or with band, each performance is still about the essence: pulling the human soul to the surface as only the French song of life can.

With originals by Brel, Piaf and Aznavour and her own work, Tess Merlot takes to the stage at Lewinski in Sneek on Friday. She performs with joie de vivre and time and again the primal powers of the chanson seem to possess magnetism: singing along, tears in the eyes and blissful heads of the audience.

Sneek – Podium Lewinski, Fri. 20, 17.50 euros

Easterbarren street festival again after two years

After two years the Easterbarren street festival Saturday back in Påskemar with music, theatre, dance, street artists and exhibitions. There is a lot to see and hear on twelve different stages: there will be more than thirty different artists. A selection from the program: Folkert Wesseling, Broest, Gurbe Douwstra and Gerbrich van Dekken, Solid Ash and Lechery.

For children there is, among other things, the Saranti youth circus, but also a carousel and they can have their faces painted. From this 20th edition, it is possible to pay with consumption tokens at all catering and eating places. A flyer with the program is available during the festival at the cash registers where coins are also sold.

Eastermar – Center, Sat 2.30-10.30pm, free

Japanese band MONO back in Leeuwarden

The four-piece instrumental band MONO. from Tokyo started in 1999 and with their unique combination of orchestral arrangements and sharp guitars have quickly developed their own genre within the post-rock scene. British music magazine NME once renamed MONO’s music ‘the music of the gods’ and called them one of Japan’s most successful international bands.

They don’t have this title for nothing. With their dynamic sounds and instrumental skills, this versatile band has blown away many stages. The support act is provided by melodic musician and songwriter AA Williams.

Leeuwarden – Popcentrum Neushoorn, Sat 20.45, 21 euros

Theater on the border between land and water

The Netherlands is a water country, much of what we do has to do with water. Bridges, dykes, locks, mills, polders, ditches, songs and cafes: water largely determines who we are. Theater maker Sijas de Groot delved into the archives of Firma H. ​​De Groot & Zonen in Harlingen, the company founded by his great-grandfather, which operates throughout the Netherlands on the border between land and water. It showed that the company not only built large works of art such as lock gates and bridges, but also the distinctive landmarks in the landscape that we call capes.

Capes are historic wooden structures that have historically marked the sea routes, some of which remain. They are there to orient us, to navigate. For our safety. But also for our imagination and identity. From this, De Groot created the personal performance Kaap that takes the audience along in a family story, in a quest where fears, dreams, desires and fascinations for the landscape, the family and harsh stories play a role. Chap is a co-production of Stichting Tussenland and Peergroup.

Blija – Tarp fan de Takomst, Fri 8pm, Sat 3.30pm and 8.15pm, Sun 3.30pm, 22.50 euros

Flea market in the open | advertising

For more than forty years in Mokkena the monthly flea market held. From March to October, there is a market every last Saturday of the month, where everyone can buy and bid on things.

The Flea Market is sometimes called the ‘Waterlooplein of the North’ and is one of the larger markets still being set up by volunteers. The organization of the flea market in Makkinga is in the hands of Dorpsbelang Makkinga. More information can be found at

Makkinga – Center, Sat at 07.00-12.00, free

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