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"Noorderlicht Photofestival 2001 Opens Tomorrow"
2001-08-26 until 2001-09-30
The eighth edition of the Noorderlicht Photofestival opens in the
Der Aa-Kerk in Groningen, the Netherlands. The opening will be
performed by Jan Pronk, Dutch minister for Housing, Spatial Planning
and the Environment, with an introduction by Wicher Pattje, alderman
for the municipality of Groningen.
- Main exhibition 'Sense of Space' with work by photographers from
The Netherlands, Germany, France, England, America, Russia and
- An extensive ancillary exhibition program, with group exhibitions
curated by Noorderlicht.
- Exhibitions in 34 galleries and museums
- Open podium for local and amateur photographers
- Several publications, including a catalogue for 'Sense of Space' and
More than 35 museums and galleries and thirty special locations are
participating in the only annual international photographic event in
The Netherlands. In addition to a large selection of top international
photography in the city of Groningen, Noorderlicht 2001 also offers an
extensive exhibition programme outside the city.
As a participant in the Saison Franšaise de la Photographie, this year
Noorderlicht devotes extra attention to modern French photography.
The Saison, initiated by the French embassy in The Netherlands, in
cooperation with the AFAA in Paris, is a cultural collaboration including
various large Dutch photographic exhibitors, who will each be
presenting French artists this autumn.
The first edition of the Noorderlicht Photofestival took place in 1990. Since
2000 the event has been organised annually, alternating between Groningen
and Friesland. In addition to the festival, Noorderlicht organises photographic
exhibitions in its own gallery, stages lectures, discussions and workshops,
and in cooperation with other parties initiates photo projects varying from
books to exhibitions and commissions. In addition to contributions from the
Provinces of Groningen and Friesland, and the cities of Groningen and
Leeuwarden, beginning this year Noorderlicht will be receiving scheduled
support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as part of the
Cultural Plan 2001-2004. Further information about the history and many
activities of Noorderlicht can be found at the other sections of this site. From
mid-August the complete programme of Noorderlicht will be available here.