Kelsey Lane
Multidisciplinary Designer
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Languages of Ljouwert

Video Production

A short documentary highlighting the diversity of languages in the Netherlands as part of the European Capital of Culture celebration in Leeuwarden.



As part of the Masters in Interactive Media program at Elon University, students travel abroad during their winter term to complete a project for the public good. This year, my team of 6 students traveled to the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands to work with Afûk, an organization focused on promoting the sharing and use of the Frisian language. My team worked with Afûk on the language pavilion project, which is part of the European Capital of Culture celebration that is taking place in Leeuwarden from April to October 2018. The language pavilion is located in Prinsentuin Park in the center of Leeuwarden and acts as a collaborative space and an educational space, providing various opportunities for patrons to learn about and experience minority languages from all over Europe.



My team spent 10 days in Leeuwarden gathering content. This included interviewing 12 individuals in 17 different languages. Our experience was documented on our team website that I created. Myself and another team member were in charge of populating the website with content as frequently as possible.

Following our time in Leeuwarden, we worked together to create our final deliverables for our client. These were formally presented on Elon University's campus.

Finished Product

My team created a short documentary style video that highlights the language diversity in the city of Leeuwarden, Netherlands. The video portrays how to say various words/phrases in different languages as well as exploring some of what language means to our interviewees. We were able to interview 12 individuals who collectively spoke 17 different languages. These included Asturian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bildts (a local Frisian dialect), Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, Dutch Sign Language, Frisian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

The video is being displayed in the language pavilion from April to October 2018 as part of the European Capital of Culture celebration in Leeuwarden.

To read more about our experience, check out this article written by my team that was published on Elon University's campus news network, E-Net. The article features my photography throughout.