Artistic organizer, communicator and concept developer Sjoerd Bootsma seems to have an eye for combining all kinds of disciplines. Business and design, nature and art, people and organizations, and so on. That made him the perfect candidate for the artistic team that wrote the second and winning bidbook for ‘Leeuwarden European Capitol of Culture 2018’.
As the artistic director of the festival ‘Welcome to the Village’, Sjoerd brought together eighty national and international acts. Music, poetry, literature, food, design & co-creation, innovation and sustainability. At this point in time he is occupied with Lab LWD, a platform for exchanging ideas and solutions to social, economic and ecological issues, and a part of LWD 2018, (Leeuwarden, European Capitol of Culture).
Sjoerds motto is ’All that exists was once a dream. Everything that can be dreamed, can exist’.
In other words; everything is possible, but you do need to the right people around you.
And Sjoerd can bring these people together.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxFryslân, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxFryslân event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.