World-famous street theatre company Royal de Luxe’s iconic, gigantic marionettes tell stories that transcend borders and bring communities together with awe-inspiring spectacles. Different and daring, the troupe will visit Holland for the first time as part of a three-day theatrical extravaganza during Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018, the European Capital of Culture celebrations. Join the Giants in Friesland and be a part of a major international artistic production that’s accessible to all.
- Witness Royal de Luxe’s world-famous giants walking through Friesland in August 2018 – their first ever visit to Holland.
- Explore Friesland’s cities and rural landscape while enjoying a truly unique and unmissable performance spectacle that’s accessible to all.
- Delve deeper into the rich programming of Leeuwarden-Friesland, the European Capital of Culture celebrations throughout 2018.
Be part of a truly unique spectacle at Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018
The perfect embodiment of Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018’s commitment to thinking big and thinking differently, Royal de Luxe’s giant operators call themselves Lilliputians, after the race of tiny people in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. The Giants will walk, eat and sleep in Friesland. Their routes remain secret for now, like the story they will tell, but without doubt they will charm everyone with one of the highlights of the international program.
A Friesland adventure to share with friends, family and strangers
French troupe Royal de Luxe are a community of inventors, stuntmen, poets and scrap metal workers, and their stories – always inspired by local folklore – mesmerize crowds. It’s this that perfectly represents the Frisian spirit of an open, shared community (or ‘iepen mienskip’, as it’s known locally in the region). Don't miss this amazing weekend, which will culminate on the Sunday with a parade in Leeuwarden, as everyone gathers to wave the Giants on their way. It’s also an ideal chance to take the opportunity to visit and explore the charms of Friesland’s other beguiling cities and spaces. Or, of course, to discover the variety of events taking place as part of Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018.
Expect the unexpected from the Giants of Royal de Luxe
Surprise is a key ingredient in Royal de Luxe's performances; the sense of communal discovery adding to the unfolding story. Simply put your trust in one of the world's most innovative street theatre companies as they create new mythology in Leeuwarden and Friesland.
Spend the night in Friesland
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flood into Friesland to witness this incredible spectacle, so don’t miss out. Book your hotel early to avoid disappointment. Find a cozy home away from home in the heart of Leeuwarden, or perhaps embrace Friesland’s rural charms at one of its many countryside hotels.