Read about the recent adventures of citizens exploring Oxford’s Twin Cities…

Football Exchange 2018
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Oxford-Bonn-Leiden-Perm youth exchange: 15th-22nd August 2018 All photo credits Stephanie Wilde unless otherwise indicated (CS, Christian Stegmüller) Wednesday 15th August                         The Bonn Rot-Weiss-Lessenich team enjoyed a good journey to Oxford in their coach hired from the Weiss company in Bonn. Their … Read More

Mandala Young Company’s exchange to the Rencontre, Grenoble – Anusha Abbas
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Cultural exchanges like the Rencontre allow young people to be completely immersed in more than just one culture. That’s the unique thing about this festival, we’re not only embracing other cultures but experiencing being a part of them. This experience … Read More

Mandala Young Company’s Exchange to the Rencontre, Grenoble by Ildi Nagy
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If the World Cup and France’s upcoming games aren’t enough, Crearc’s Rencontre also brought life and noise into the otherwise rather quite scenic town to celebrate art, theatre, Europe and of course the summer. Grenoble University surely has the most … Read More

The Cycling Connection
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Oxford has taken part in a network of twin cities exploring cycling since 2015. Oxford cyclists have visited Leiden (Netherlands) and hosted cycling visitors from Leiden, Torun, and Bonn. This year we were invited to send a group to Torun … Read More

Ethno England 2018
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30 young musicians from 20 countries visited Oxford for Ethno England – a week-long residential exchange programme in June organised by the International Links Officer in partnership with Tandem Collective. The project uses peer-to-peer learning to encourage democratic engagement between … Read More

West Side Story Tour
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My daughters and I have been involved in West Side story since the very first production in 2014. I say we, as A acts and sings, I help with costumes and my eldest daughter has helped with make-up and on … Read More

We came, we sauna-ed, we conquered
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  Veni, vidi… banyi? Not your traditional formula – and I think even Julius Caesar would have been a little apprehensive before his first foray into a Russian banya. For those unacquainted with this particular Russian tradition, a banya is somewhat similar to a … Read More

A snapshot of Leiden’s art scene
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When Bella and I first arrived in Leiden we noticed countless public buildings decked out in a pattern of red, yellow, blue and black rectangles. This Mondriaan motif brightened up shop fronts and adorned cafe windows. It was obvious the … Read More

1 Week, 7 Sunrises, and Many Cups of Tea in Perm
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On boarding the plane to Perm I was filled with both excitement and apprehension of the week ahead. My preconceptions of Russia were mostly from headlines in our own media, and faded memories of history lessons. I had no idea … Read More

Mise en Lumière de la Tour Perret
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An exciting project that we were lucky enough to be at the launch of was the lighting up of the Tour Perret. This is an iconic tower build for the International Exhibition of Hydropower and Tourism in 1925.  This exhibition … Read More

Remote mountain communities – OLAT water project
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One of my favourite things we did whilst visiting Leon was the trips we took up in to the mountains to visit the rural communities living there and see some of the projects that are supported by the people of … Read More

Siebold, secrets, and selfies: Leiden’s hidden history
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Call me unsophisticated, but there really is something magical about being in a place that is closed to the public. It’s a feeling of secrecy, maybe even of celebrity, that you, and you alone, are allowed to visit somewhere restricted. … Read More