KICK-OFF 2018

On Sunday, August 26th, the Kick-off will take place. We Are Leiden challenges 150 residents from Leiden to give 150 newcomers a personal tour of the city. Not the famous and touristic highlights of Leiden’s city centre, but the places that locals like to go to in their daily lives. Such as, a nice cafe to drink coffee, a beautiful park, a cozy bookshop or a park where you can do exercises. All with the goal to helping the newcomers get to know Leiden and to connect people in the city. Sign up and join us!

New in town?
When you move to a new city, how do you discover the hotspots and how do you make new friends there? We believe, it starts with both, meeting people who live in the city and exploring the city. That is why ‘We Are Leiden’ and some enthusiastic residents of Leiden initiated the Kick-off in 2017. After the success of last year, the second edition of this event wil take place this upcoming summer!

Are you a newcomer? Newcomers are new residents to Leiden. It is a diverse group of people, but they all share a curiosity to discover their new city. Last year, people who joined the Kick-off were a mix of expats, international students and also refugees from all different backgrounds. We are looking for all newcomers, (even Dutch!) who have recently moved to Leiden, to sign-up and join the Kick-off on August 26th!

From Leiden?
Are you proud to call Leiden home? Do you want to help someone who is new to find their way around the city? Then join us at the Kick-off as a local guide! During the Kick-off on Sunday, August 26th, you will be partnered to someone who is new in the city, for a day. The tour route is up to you and you decide which spots you want to show. We will also help you a little, by organizing all kinds of fun activities in the city centre that you can incorperate into your route. Last year, participants could experience a beer tasting at Stadsbrouwhuis (a local brewery), visit museums and the Hortus Botanicus in Leidenand they were welcomed by the residents of the ‘Jan Persijnhofje’, a beautiful almshouse in Leiden.

When are you a ‘Leidenaar’? It doesn’t matter to us if you have lived in Leiden your whole life or just for a couple of years!  If you know the city well and -more importantly- have some special and fun places to show, we consider you to be a ‘Leidenaar’ and you can join as a local guide!

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We Are Leiden is the name under which Stichting Stadsprogrammering initiates, organises and programs several projects. We Are Leiden uses current stories and themes in town and her neighbourhoods and gives these a platform. Our slogan is: 'Connecting people, creating stories', which will always be seen in our projects.

We Are Leiden – 2018 ©