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ALBA lecture: Jelle Burggraaff

01 May 2017

The MA Euroculture is pleased to present an open, English-language guest lecture by Jelle Burggraaff, Head of European Affairs for Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 (and Euroculture alum!), held in the context of the Annual Liesbeth Brouwer Address (ALBA).

Tuesday 16 May 2017, 16.30 - 17.30
Harmonie building, exposition room (H1315.007)
Oude Kijk in’t Jatstraat 26, Groningen
The lecture will be followed by drinks in the Weberfoyer

Liesbeth Brouwer (1953 – 2006) was an active and inspirational lecturer who contributed significantly and creatively to the development of the Euroculture programme – not only at the University of Groningen, but also within the network.

Tragically, she passed away in 2006. To honour her legacy, ALBA has been established, in memory of Liesbeth’s multi- and interdisciplinary contribution to the programme.



Jelle Burggraaff is Head of European Affairs for Leeuwarden-Fryslân2018, the European Capital of Culture on behalf of the Netherlands in 2018. As part of the cultural team, he helped to compose the cultural programme for the European Capital of Culture year in question and is now responsible for the implementation of the European Dimension of the project. The focus of his work lies on establishing new connections between cultural producers around Europe and beyond, coordinating the cooperation programme with Valletta2018 and increasing the international profile of the city and the region.

Jelle Burggraaff is a member of the network of former, current and future European Capitals of Culture and closely works together with embassies and various international cultural organisations like the IETM - international network for contemporary performing arts, the British Council and the European Cultural Foundation. With the latter two, he has organised meetings such as an expert seminar on European Capitals of Culture and a public debate on the future of citizens in Europe. He has also worked together with (inter)national cultural organisations to link Leeuwarden-Fryslân2018 to the cultural programme that was part of the 2016 EU presidency of the Netherlands. In addition, he participates in the programming team for the ISPA – the International Society for the Performing Arts - meeting in Leeuwarden-Fryslân next year.

Jelle Burggraaff holds a Master degree in Euroculture from the University of Groningen and Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao where he graduated cum laude in 2014. He has also studied English Language and Culture at the NHL Univeristy of Applied Sciences Leeuwarden, Sprachcaffe Malta and The University of Groningen. His fields of interest include cultural exchange and intercultural dialogue topics.

Before he started becoming active in the world of European Capitals of Culture, Jelle Burggraaff has been working for several educational institutions in the Netherlands. With the support of an EU grant, he has also worked in the educational field in Greece for 6 months. During this time, he has set up and carried out various cultural exchange projects. Jelle Burggraaff his first European experience started with a stay of three months in France at the age of 18 and ever since he has been a big advocate of cooperation on a European level by connecting citizens across the continent with each other.

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