This year, 2017, it’s 300 years ago that the North Sea coastal area was hit by severe storm floods on Christmas Eve. The dykes burst, flooding the provinces of Groningen and Friesland and the centre and south-west of the Netherlands. The 1717 Christmas Flood cost thousands of people their lives, and the material damage was immense. So there is every reason for Groningen organisations to take a closer look at our relationship with the sea during Expeditie Kerstvloed 1717. This includes the Kerstvloed 1717 Art Route (1 July to 1 October 2017). We’ve invited 16 international artists to create art works on the theme of the Christmas Flood. They will be doing this at locations in Northern Groningen, from Vliedorp, Pieterburen, Westernieland, Den Andel and Warffum to Noordpolderzijl.

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