Leiden is a small town tucked in between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. It has a beautiful historic city center and a matching history. Leiden is of old a university town, a place where freedom of speech and thought were propagated.
- Leiden has a rich cultural heritage and since 1989 manifests itself as city of refugees. Within this tradition, it is only logical to join ICORN and provide a home for someone who is persecuted for their work in their country of origin,
says Wouter Ydema, who will be coordinating the programme in the city.
The decision to join ICORN was agreed upon by the mayor and aldermen and signed by alderwomen Marleen Damen. The project will be executed in collaboration with multiple partners in the city, among them, the municipality and the university of Leiden.
- We are delighted to welcome Leiden in our network of 70 cities worldwide, where they will contribute to hosting and giving voice to writers and artists prevented from continuing their work because of persecution in their home country. Together with our current members, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, we are convinced that positive synergies will emerge and be an inspiration to the programme in the Netherlands,
says Helge Lunde, ICORN Executive Director.