We Are Leiden connects. Our mission is simple: to introduce newcomers to their city and its locals. We believe getting settled in a city means engaging into meaningful contacts. Therefore we are organising an extraordinary one-day event. On August 27 150 locals will come together with 150 newcomers and give them a short but very personal tour. Afterwards everyone will be able to enjoy a picnic at De Burcht, accompanied by music and theatrical performances.

14:00 – 15:00: Walk-in at De Burcht, registration and meeting your buddy

15:00 – 16:30: Tour with your buddy

16:30 – 17:00: Return at De Burcht, start picnic

17:00 – 20:00: Picnic, music & theatre, games, information market

Do you like showing people around, sharing your favourite spots and telling stories, and would you like to pair up individually with a newcomer to your favourite town..? Then we are looking for you..!

We Are Leiden aims to show our beloved city through the eyes of a true connoisseur: yourself. Everyone has personal favourites and stories. Now is your chance to share your preferred coffee bar, drink a local beer with a soon-to-be fellow local and walk by the house that once belonged to the first Doctor of Arabic studies.

Would you like to be shown around town, get introduced to some true local spots and hear interesting stories..? Then we are looking for you..!

We Are Leiden is not for tourists. We won’t show you the obvious attractions. We have teamed up with 150 locals who will curate their personal favourites to share with you personally. Together, you can visit local breweries, the best butcher in town, pick wild herbs, drink coffee or visit the medieval cellar of the house that once belonged to the first Doctor of Arabic studies.

We Are Leiden is initiated by Stichting Stadsprogrammering, Stadslab, Studio Kordaat and some concerned citizens (Leidenaren). ‘Newcomers’ are a key topic on the city’s calendar for the coming years. Among ‘newcomers’, we consider refugees, expats, international students, and also the one who moved from Friesland to Leiden. Although these newcomers are very curious to their city, they often feel lonely and have few meaningful contacts. Our mission is simple: to introduce newcomers to their city and its locals.