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Newsletter Date: 07-09-2012
Activities during Noorderlicht Photofestival
Noorderlicht International Photofestival / 
2 September
7 October 2012

Successful opening weekend

Noorderlicht looks back with satisfaction on a very successful and well attended opening for the 19th Noorderlicht International Photofestival Terra Cognita. The beautiful weather, enthusiastic visitors and presence of over 40 of the participating photographers from all corners of the world were the right ingredients for a perfect day.

The lectures on Sunday were well attended too. The high point was the lively presentation by Jörg M. Colberg, writer of the influential blog Conscientious. Among the things he touched on were the nonsense involved in many of the 'is photography dead?' discussions (in his opinion, absolutely not!), the potential – and gaps - of internet as a mega-photo archive, an what it means that today's children will soon have tens of thousands of photos of themselves.

Terra Cognita >>

Jörg Colberg and his 'Photography Threat Level Advisory'

In this news letter you will find an overview of the activities during the festival: from bus tours to lectures, from concerts to films, there is plenty to do!


In Museum Belvédère

Every Sunday afternoon lectures take place at Museum Belvédère. They are in Dutch, and free to attend once you have purchased a ticket for the museum. 

© Misha de Ridder

Oranje Nassaulaan 12, Heerenveen-Oranjewoud,
The Netherlands
Opening hours: Tuesday trough Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm

Bus tours

Get aboard for a bus tour of photography, along a rural route through the beautiful Friese Wouden, with their characteristic ‘coulisse’ landscapes. There are three different routes.

Saturday 8 September - Gallery route

> bus tour visiting seven satellite exhibitions

Saturday 9 September and Sunday 16 September - Church route

> bus tour visiting exhibitions in six old churches

Saturday 15 september - Museum route

> bus tour visiting three Terra Cognita museums 

Overview bus tours >>

The Noorderlicht Express

If you make reservations, you are assured of a place. Send an e-mail with your name, address and telephone number to, including the information on which day, how many will be in your party, and where you want to board. Or phone Noorderlicht: +31 (0)50 318 22 27

Film Programme

In Museum Dr8888

Noorderlicht has prepared a film programme especially for this festival. It provides extra background information about several of the participating photographers. In this way you will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the photographers, the theme and, of course, the medium of photography in still another way.

The film programme is to be seen every day during the festival period in Museum Dr8888 in Drachten. With contributions by:

  • Meike Nixdorf 
  • Peter Solness
  • Simon Roberts
  • Rena Effendi
  • Zhao Renui | Simon Roberts
  • Michael Floman
  • Hiroyuki Masuyama  
  • Scarlett Hooft Graafland
  • James Withlow Delano
  • Thomas Wrede
  • Susannah Sayler & Edward Morris
  • Graeme Williams
  • Erik Jan van de Geer
  • Gerco De Ruijter
View film programme >>

Simon Roberts and Scarlett Hooft Graafland

> Museumplein 2, Drachten
> Total duration: ± 1,5 hours
> Continuous presentation throughout the day
> Mainly in English

Garden Concerts Karmelklooster

Every Sunday afternoon this old cloister organises concerts in its beautiful garden. They begin at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.. There are also guided tours at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. 

2 Sept.: The Groningen ensemble De Haip

> Entrance: € 10,-

9 Sept.: Gerrit Breteler (vocalist) and Clara Rullmann (grand piano)

> Entrance: € 15,-

16 Sept.: Concert Folk Ensemble EDIS

> Entrance € 10,-

23 Sept.: Concert TRIVERSA 

> Entrance: € 10,-

30 Sept.: Herman Meijer (grand piano) & Bart Mol (baritone) in concert

> Entrance: € 10,-

7 Oct.: Piano concert by Hristo Petrov

> Entrance: € 10,-

More information >>

Garden concerts at the cloister.

Burgemeester Wuiteweg 162, Drachten
Sat. and Sun. 1:00-5:00 p.m.

For interviews, images and questions, please contact Charissa Caron,, +31 (0)50 318 22 27.

Noorderlicht Photofestival, Photogallery, Projects, Publisher
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