Between May 7 and August 14, 2022, every day during the 100-day Arcadia cultural program, Happiness delayed of Leeuwarden UNESCO City of Literature brings a new story to a different, paradisiacal spot in Fryslân.

100 days, 100 stories, 100 locations

The central theme: the search for beauty during and after the pandemic. What gives us courage, what seeds do we sow for the future?

Annelies Verbeke, Elke Geurts, Etgar Keret (Israel), Gerda Blees, Joke van Leeuwen, Koos Tiemersma, Marek Šindelka (Czech Republic), Nyk de Vries, Pilar Quintana (Colombia), Thomas Verbogt and ninety other authors have all written a new short story about their idea of paradise.

The stories are being told by fifteen professional storytellers. In the backyards of the Frisians, in vegetable gardens, in gardens of states and ‘stinzen’, in tea- and flowergardens and in festival sites. They read the stories in Dutch, Frisian or English.

The source of inspiration is the fourteenth-century masterpiece by the Italian poet and scholar Boccaccio: the Decameron. A collection of one hundred stories, told in ten days by ten young people fleeing the plague.

Just as they did then, we now tell each other stories to pass the time, to entertain each other, to reflect on the misery. But also – and above all – to find some beauty and happiness again.


* Happiness delayed is freely accessible;
* Come spontaneously, we do not work with reservations or registration
* Full is full;
* Bring your own garden chair or blanket;
* Dress for the occasion: an outside event;
* With welcome, introduction, the story, discussion and a garden tour the duration of the programme is about one hour (at festivals the programme takes less time);
* After the live readings, the stories can also be read and listened to on the website.

Listen to a beautiful story every day
  • 100 stories in your mailbox
  • May 7 - August 14
  • also as audio stories

100 locations

100 stories


Tuesday 5 July 2022 • 19:30 hours
Egypte 16A, 9285 WX Buitenpost, Nederland
Read by Janneke Brakels in Dutch

I hope you are in paradise
by Mira Feticu

Wednesday 6 July 2022 • 19:30 hours
Stationsweg 29, 9171 LR Blije, Nederland
Read by Frank Belt in Dutch

The Restorer
by Rob van Essen



Monday 4 July 2022 • 19:30 hours
U.P. Draismastraat 2, 8806 KL Achlum, Nederland
Read by Zen Roorda in Dutch

The psychologist comes to lick the organ
by Joost Oomen

Saturday 2 July 2022 • 15:30 hours
Seerp van Galemawei 5-7, 9022 AA Mantgum, Nederland
Read by Marjolein Ley in Dutch

White Paths
by Marina Espasa

Friday 1 July 2022 • 19:30 hours
Foarwei 32, 9294 KE Oudwoude, Nederland
Read by Suzanne van Zwam in Frisian

Into the Wilderness
by Albertina Soepboer

Thursday 30 June 2022 • 19:30 hours
Schoenmakersperk 1, 8911 EG Leeuwarden, Nederland
Read by Marjolein Ley in Dutch

The Party
by Anita Terpstra

Wednesday 29 June 2022 • 19:30 hours
Slachtedijk 4, 9256 HG Ryptsjerk, Nederland
Read by Jan Tiede Bouma in Dutch

On the square in San Gimignano
by Peter Sijbenga

Listen to a beautiful story every day
  • 100 stories in your mailbox
  • May 7 - August 14
  • also as audio stories