Why twin?

You’ll see the signs every time you enter the city – but what does it mean, and why do we do it?

Twin city links give citizens the chance to engage with other cultures and ways of life, and make these experiences more accessible through established contacts and networks in the linked cities.  They also bring benefit to cities through knowledge-sharing activities, where professionals can learn from how problems are tackled in other countries.

So explore Bonn, Grenoble, Leiden, Leon, and Perm for yourself, and start to make your world bigger!



Attend an event

7:00 pm
A talk about the projects that we support in León and also about the current very difficult situation in Nicaragua, followed by a social. Refreshments will be served. If you’re interested in the work done by the Oxford-Leon link and … Read More
South Oxford Community Centre
1:30 pm
Primary Schools are invited to join in our FREE afternoon of celebration which will be led by ARne Richards, Artistic Director of the Oxford Concert Party. ARne has huge experience of creating music for children and will lead a lively … Read More
Assembly Room, Oxford Town Hall



Oxford’s international partnerships are kept alive a dedicated community of volunteers. New hands on deck are always welcome, as are new ideas. If you’d like to volunteer for a particular event or project, use the contact form below. You can also join the individual link associations for their regular meetings, where events and projects are planned.


Oxford International Links

Contact: Voirrey Carr


Oxford Perm Association

Contact: Ksenia Hewitt


Oxford Bonn Link

Secretary: Naomi Collyer


Oxford Leon Association Trust

Secretary: Jen Houston


Oxford Grenoble Association

Secretary: Jean Burrell


Oxford Leiden Link

General Secretary: Jo Hawtin




Photographer: Justin Thomas

Participate in a project

Want to get stuck into something? There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in projects that are already going on – whether you want to help out with the organisation, or participate in an exchange. Projects can be run by the city link associations, Oxford International Links, Oxford City Council, our friends overseas, and individuals with ideas. We’ve got schools looking for partners, festivals and tournaments in our twins looking for teams and groups to go and take part – keep checking back as new opportunities come up all the time, and let us know if yo’re running a project that needs participants that you want us to publicise!

Current opportunities:

Football teams needed to take part in an international football residency in August 2018.

Schools needed to link up with schools in our twins for pen pals, exchange trips, and more.

Musicians needed to take part in an exchange festival in Grenoble in July 2018.

Cyclists needed to participate in a cycling festival in Grenoble in June 2018.

Start something yourself!

None of these quite up your street? We’re here to help you get started – find a pen pal or partner group in whichever city interests you, start an exchange, run an event… the world’s your oyster! We can support you with planning, contacts, practical info, and funding, so get in touch and let us help you start something!


Whatever your level of interest,  let us know and get the conversation started

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