Leiden City Hall, Stadhuisplein 1, 2311 EJ Leiden
Stories about the wall poems of Leiden
31 October until 18 January, Leiden City Hall
What do the wall poems mean to Leiden? Het Taalmuseum commissioned Leiden's photographer laureate Patricia Nauta, theatre producer Erik Siebel and filmmakers Leendert Beekman and Michiel Keller to go on a search this spring. Their best stories can be seen and heard again this fall in the City Hall.
Exhibition When Walls Speak
Het Taalmuseum asked photographer laureate of 2017-2018 Patricia Nauta, theatre producer Erik Siebel and filmmaker Leendert Beekman to roam the city for storise on the wall poems. They talked to the initiators, to occupants of houses with poems on them, to neighbouring citizens and to fans. Their stories were on display this summer at Old School (Pieterskerkhof). By popular request, the exhibition will be reopened this winter in the Leiden City Hall. Through images and description, the exhibition introduces visitors to the story of the wall poems, the city and its languages. Visitors can test their knowledge on the wall poems and share their own stories.
The wall poems of Leiden
In 1992, Leiden's inhabitants were surprised by the appearance of the first wall poem. By now, the entire city harbours over 100 wall poems in more than 30 languages. In order to preserve this collection and make it accessible to a wider audience, Het Taalmuseum and the TEGEN-BEELD Foundation developed a new website that was launched this summer: muurgedichten.nl. On this website, visitors will find poem recordings, information on the poems and their poets, and cycling and walking itineraries.
Save the date;
WHEN WALLS SPEAK
Stories on Leiden's wall poems
31 October to 18 January, Foyer of the City Hall, Stadhuisplein 1, 2311 EJ Leiden
Opening hours: weekdays 8:30 AM to 5 pm (Thursdays to 8 PM), Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM, Sundays closed.
Photo by Patricia Nauta.