Spots by activity: Mienskip

Mienskip is the local word for community. Here we’d like to show you local community-based initiatives in Leeuwarden where people organize something together with other locals. Distinctive for all these initiatives are the fact that they are bottom-up, mostly without the interference of official organisations. By showing these examples to you we’d like to inform you and also inspire you.

Poetry Slam Leeuwarden

poetryslamThe “Poetry Slam Leeuwarden“ was set up in the beginning of 2015, the idea behind it was to create something that didn’t exist in Leeuwarden so far. A nice evening during the week where you can hang out, listen to poetry and connect with new people, even make friends. The Slam always takes place on a Wednesday night in different locations. There are three rounds in which the public gets to decide the winner/s of each round. In the first round all Slammers get the chance to impress the public, who will decide at the end of each round. For the second round the four Slammers with the most votes from round one each get 5 minutes to make an impression and get into the final round. The final round is made up of the two remaining Slammers who each get again 5 minutes to win the prize of the evening. Although most of the Slammers write in Dutch there is no limitation to language.
If you’re interested feel free to contact the “Poetry Slam Leeuwarden” on facebook.

Poetry Slam Leeuwarden icon_facebook I Mienskip
Location changes
Meeting: on a Wednesday

Games Sunday

gamessundayGames Sunday is a bi-weekly event for people who like to play pub games and enjoy a drink and/or snack with it. It starts around 19.00 at Paddy O’Ryan Irish Pub. Seated at the big table in front of the pub there is enough space to play big games together or smaller games in smaller groups. Games played vary on the group size and games brought that evening. Favorite games that are played: • Cards Against Humanity • Dixit • Werewolves • Dobble • Jungle Speed • Guess the person/thing. New games are introduced frequently by new and old participants.

Games Sunday I Mienskip
Paddy O’Ryan
Meeting: Every second Sunday 19:00 – till we’re done.

Frack Hackerspace

frack
The Frack Hackerspace is a place for making, creating and experimenting. Where curious people come together to work on various technical projects. It’s a space where knowledge can be freely shared, topics openly discussed and curiosity can be appeased. We’ve got many tools and machines like a CNC machine, a laser cutter, a furnace, sewing machines and plenty of raw materials for crafting and creating. Our main activities revolve around electronics, machines, IT and collaborating. So if that’s of interest to you, come pay us a visit.

We operate as a non profit organisation, completely funded by the members, with few limiting rules and a safe space policy. Everyone is welcome to visit us during our open evening! It doesn’t matter what level of skill/knowledge you have. We are open, free of charge, from 8pm every Tuesday.

Frack icon_facebook I Mienskip
Fonteinland 7
Meeting: Every Tuesday 20:00- late

Shut Up & Write

shutupandwriteShut Up & Write Leeuwarden is a monthly get-together for everyone that likes to write. During a one hour writing session, participants work in silence on their own projects at the regular table of Cafe de Stroohoed. Afterwards, the authors have the opportunity to discuss their creations, exchange experiences and cry on each other’s shoulders. Or just have a beer and a chat, of course. Anything goes! And don’t worry: no one will force you to read aloud your work. The main goal is just to get local writers to meet up in a relaxed and accessible way, since writing is usually a pretty solitary activity.
Anyone who wants to develop their creative writing skills is welcome to join, regardless your age or experience in writing. It doesn’t matter whether you will be working on your fourth novel or just a long letter to your grandma. Participating is free, but do bring some money to get yourself a drink or a snack. Each writing session is announced a week in advance on the Shut Up & Write Facebookpage.

Shut up & Write Leeuwarden icon_facebook I Mienskip
Cafe de Stroohoed
Meeting: Once a month on Wednesday nights (20:00u)

Language exchange Leeuwarden

language exchange leeuwarden
The language exchange Leeuwarden is for everyone who wants to learn or share a language! There is a language evening every two weeks in Paddy O’Ryans Irish Pub on Tuesday 20pm, at which everyone can speak in a language of their choosing. At this meeting you have space to connect with others, who want to teach/share/learn with you! The spoken languages depends on the people who participate, also the topic. On Facebook there is also a group where you can ask questions or contact other LEL members. The participation is for free and we only want it that way! So if you’re interested in different languages, you’re welcome!

Language Exchange Leeuwarden icon_facebook I Mienskip
Paddy’O Ryan
Meeting: Every second Tuesday 20:00- late

Couchsurfing meeting

csCouchsurfing.org is a website where people offer a couch to other travellers. This is not just a free place to stay. It’s an other way of travelling. By surfing a couch you really get in touch with the local people and culture. On this social network people not only find each other in need of a place to sleep but they also meet each other during events.
In Leeuwarden there is a small active Couchsurfing community who organises the yearly Welcome to Fryslân (WTF) event and a Monthly Leeuwarden Meeting in Cafe de Stee. This last one is organized every month on the Wednesday closest to the 15th and starts from 20:00 onwards. It’s a good way of meeting international (minded) people who share a love for travelling.

Couchsurfing icon_facebook | Mienskip
Cafe de Stee (show on map)
Meeting: Every Wednesday closest to the 15th, 20:00- late