About the theme

Today perhaps more than ever before, heritage and migration go hand in hand. For many reasons, people move around the world, and so does their heritage.

Cultural Heritage is often understood in terms of local identity alone, but in fact it travels around the world, and it has done so since times immemorial. In this process people may change, but so does their cultural heritage on the move.

For the coming years LeidenGlobal will structure its activities around the common theme ‘Heritage on the Move’ as a leading criteria for organising activities and actions. Within the present cultural, social and political context as well heritage and migration are subjects that cannot be avoided. People and their things move around. Often they are forced by political turbulence, but most migration has other incentives. Economic reasons to migrate or to move temporarily are also important. This broad scope of issues related to migration will be reflected in the LeidenGlobal programme. This leading theme is chosen by all partners as a common criteria for organising their LeidenGlobal activities, supporting and stimulating the production of output (such as articles, books, films, exhibitions, etc.) and for other activities.