The Princessehof is going to celebrate for an entire year! Our new and wide-ranging exhibition illustrates how parties are celebrated all over the Netherlands: from Passover and Ketikoti to Carnival and Divali. What do we celebrate, with whom and how? Find out through a variety of festive tables, dishes and stories. Celebrate! can be seen at the Princessehof in Leeuwarden until January 7th 2024.
Based on twelve different celebrations, the Princessehof presents a rich palette of personal, religious and cultural celebrations and commemorations that mark important moments in life. The exhibition features the children’s festival, Lunar New Year, Carnival, Passover, a students’ party, a birthday, a selamatan, a wedding, Eid al-Fitr (Sugar Festival), Ketikoti, Divali and Christmas. Celebrations vary widely, but food and drink almost always play an important role and so do ceramics. When we have something to celebrate we usually take out our finest tableware from the cupboard, even if it’s just that (slightly damaged) dish your grandmother gave you years ago. It is precisely these personal stories that form the starting point of this associative exhibition, which features twelve installations with many ceramics from the museum’s depot as well as cherished objects from partygoers from all over the country, who also talk about their celebrations and traditions in the audio tour. Interactive elements have also been added to the exhibition: share your best party experiences on a door to a student’s room, set a royal table, create your own nativity scene and take an over-the-top selfie in the festive photobooth.