In 2018, Leeuwarden will hold the title ‘European Capital of Culture’, with the Oranjewoud Festival being part of its main programme. For us, Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 is about the role of culture in the 21st century. After all, art and culture are intended for much more than elitist amusement; they are of value to all of us. They are an important agent for binding the many elements in our society. To raise awareness of this by making excellent and meaningful art and culture accessible to everyone is the task we set for ourselves.