Special Cultural Events open to ICAS 11 badge holders only

ICAS 11/EWV 11 participants will have free access to the list of special cultural events below. Registration is required for each event and is on a first-register-first-served basis. Please fill in the registration form by following the link for each specific event you would like to attend. Please note that all events have a limited number of spots available, so be sure to register soon!

Former Brill building
on Oude Rijn. ©Brill

Asia in Leiden City Walk
Guided walking tours through Asian Leiden by Brill

17 July 2019, 13.15 – 14.30
18 July 2019, 17.30 – 18.45
19 July 2019, 13.15 – 14.30
Point of departure: Entrance of the Kamerlingh Onnes, Steenschuur 25, Leiden

The Asia in Leiden City Walk introduces you to a number of remarkable people, venues and institutions that are evidence of a profound and longstanding interest in Asia. The arrival of four Dutch vessels in the harbour of Banten, Java, in 1596 formed the beginning of the intensive Dutch involvement in Asia. The first professorship in Arabic was created as early as 1613, and Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit followed in the mid-19th century. In this city walk, Dr Anna Beerens, will present some highlights and outlines of that story, which will bring you amongst others to the botanical garden, the 19th century Brill building and beautiful canal houses which once were the homes of Leiden’s first Asian Studies professors.

Register for the Asia in Leiden City on:
17 July, 13.15 – 14.30   |    18 July, 17.30 – 18.45   |    19 July, 13.15 – 14.30

Lingerie bag from Japan,
made for the European market

Asian-European Textiles Exhibition, Workshops, and Lectures
Special Asia Week at the Textile Research Centre

Dates: 14 July – 19 July 2019
Venue: Textile Research Centre, Hogewoerd 164, Leiden
Opening times:
14 July 2019, 13.00 – 19.00
15 – 19 July 2019, 9.30 – 17.30

The Textile Research Centre (TRC) in Leiden is organising a special Asia Week, from Sunday 14 until Friday 19 July, including the exhibition Out of Asia: 2000 Years of Textiles, which reflects upon the influence of Asia upon European and Middle Eastern textiles and fashion. The programme also includes workshops and lectures, which focus on various aspects of textile and dress production and ornamentation, within the context of East–West relationships. Registration is required for the lectures and workshops.

Please check the registration details and the whole programme on the TRC website.

Canal Tours

Dates: 17 – 18 July 2019
Point of departure: Kamerlingh Onnes boat stop, Leiden
Please check the on-site boat schedule at the departure point. Registration is not needed for this event and availability will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

With more than 28 kilometres of waterways in Leiden, canals are an important part of the city. One of the best ways to explore the historic city centre of Leiden is from the water. So come aboard and enjoy the views of magnificent facades of many historical buildings, museums, and churches. ICAS 11 offers participants canal tours on 17 and 18 July on a first-come-first-served basis.

Amorphophallus titanum
©Hortus botanicus Leiden

Hortus Botanicus Leiden – 430 years Challenges in Asian Botany
Lecture and guided tour by Prof. Paul J. A. Kessler

Date and time: 18 July 2019, 16.30-18.30
Venue: Hortus Botanicus Leiden, Rapenburg 73, Leiden

The oldest botanical garden of the Netherlands has focused on Asian plants ever since its establishment as part of Leiden University in 1590. The first tulips came from Central Asia. In the 19th century Von Siebold brought plants from China and Japan to the garden and we are proud that we can still show some of the original specimens to our visitors. Many scientific collections of threatened plant species such as Asian orchids, carnivorous plants, Hoya, Dischidia and Titan Arum have been collected from the wild in cooperation with counterpart institutions in the country of origin. The close, long-lasting links with organisations, especially in South East Asia, have resulted in a collection that is unique in the Netherlands and is used for many national and international research and outreach activities. The lecture will be followed by a tour through the Hortus showing living examples of our Asian collection.

Register for the lecture and guided tour in the Hortus Botanicus Leiden

ICAS 11/EWV 11 participants will have free access to the botanical garden with their ICAS 11 badge from 16 – 19 July 2019.

Restorient studio

Restorient: Introduction to Japanese Painting Conservation

Date and times:
18 July 2019, 14.00 – 14.45
18 July 2019, 15.00 – 15.45
Venue: Restorient studio/Workshop at Museum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden

The Restorient studio provides a specialist environment for the conservation and restoration of Japanese hanging scrolls (kakemono), folding screens (byōbu) and hand scrolls (e-makimono). We emphasise the use of traditional materials and techniques. The work is carried out at low benches on Japanese mats (tatami), whilst the drying boards (karibari) are used in tensioning paintings and mounting silks during the process of Japanese mounting (hyōgu). These are just two features that reflect the importance the studio places on traditional conservation. The Restorient studio is located in the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen in the old University City of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Register for the introduction to Japanese Painting Conservation on:
18 July, 14.00 – 14.45   |    18 July, 15.00 – 15.45

©Museum Volkenkunde

Enjoy breakfast and Meet the Curators: Museum Tours at the National Museum of Ethnology

Date and time:18 July 2019, 8.00 – 10.00 (registration required before 16 July)
Venue: Museum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden

Museum Volkenkunde and IIAS invite ICAS 11 participants for a breakfast meeting on Thursday morning 18 July between 8.00 and 10.00 to enjoy coffee, tea, and pastries at the museum café and to meet the curators of the museum.

Register for a free breakfast at the Volkenkunde Museum (a few more places left)

Register to meet the curators of the museum’s Asian collections during tours and presentations in various galleries:

- Francine Brinkgreve, curator Insular Southeast Asia, will give guided tours through the Indonesia permanent display (ground floor). Register for this guided tour on:
18 July, 8.15 – 8.35   |   18 July, 8.50 – 9.10   |   18 July, 9.30 – 9.50

- Priya Swamy, curator South Asia & Globalization, will give a gallery talk about South Asian musical instruments in the Asia permanent display (ground floor). Register for this talk on:
18 July, 8.15 – 8.35   |   18 July, 8.50 – 9.10   |   18 July, 9.30 – 9.50

- Daan Kok, curator Japan, will give guided tours through the Japanese permanent display (first floor). Register for this guided tour on:
18 July, 8.15 – 8.35   |   18 July, 8.50 – 9.10   |   18 July, 9.30 – 9.50

- Willemijn van Noord, curator China, will give guided tours through the Chinese permanent display (first floor). Register for this guided tour on:
18 July, 8.15 – 8.35   |   18 July, 8.50 – 9.10   |   18 July, 9.30 – 9.50

- Liesbeth Ouwehand, curator Photography, will give a presentation about the Asian photography collections in the Auditiorium (first floor). Register for this presentation on:
18 July, 8.30 – 8.45   |   18 July, 9.15 – 9.30

The museum café is located at the ground floor. Please note that drinks and food are not allowed in the galleries.

The Asian Library
©Leiden University

Speed Dates with Curators of the Asian Library and Pop-up Exhibitions

Date and time:
17 – 18 July 2019, 17.00 – 20.00
Venue: Leiden University Libraries, Witte Singel 27, Leiden

Leiden University Libraries invites you to visit its Asian Library. You can take a tour of the Asian Library, view the exhibition Panji – Diponegoro – La Galigo Exhibition UNESCO Memory of the World, visit a pop-up exhibition – on Wednesday featuring East Asian special collections, on Thursday South & Southeast Asian special collections.

The Asian Library houses our renowned and extensive Asian collections. These include the largest collection on Indonesia worldwide and some of the foremost collections on South & Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea. The Asian Library, built on the rooftop of the University Library, opened in 2017. It serves as an international meeting place with state-of-the-art facilities. Leiden University is a major international knowledge hub on Asia. Scholars and students from all over the world come to Leiden to participate in top research and teaching programs. Leiden’s unique Asian collections are of inestimable value to support research, teaching and cultural activities. Leiden University Libraries is continuously digitizing collections to make them accessible worldwide and to preserve them for future generations.

Register for the tour and pop-up exhibitions

On route of the Historical Leiden Walk

Walking Tours ‘Historical Leiden’ and ‘Leiden’s Alms Houses’

Register for the Hofjeswandeling – ‘Leiden Alms Houses’ walking tours
Dates: 17 July, 11.15 – 12.45   |    18 July, 14.45 – 16.15
Point of departure: Entrance of the Kamerlingh Onnes, Steenschuur 25, Leiden

Register for the Historische wandeling – ‘Historical Leiden’ walking tours
Dates: 17 July, 14.45 – 16.15   |    18 July, 11.15 – 12.45
Point of departure: Entrance of the Kamerlingh Onnes, Steenschuur 25, Leiden

©Sandra Dehue

Workshop Chinese Calligraphy
Cara Yuan

16 July 2019, 13.00 – 15.00
19 July 2019, 11.00 – 13.00
Venue: IIAS, Rapenburg 59, Leiden

Calligraphy is an essential part of China’s cultural heritage; it is also one of the most important art forms. During this workshop, Cara Yuan will talk about the history and role of calligraphy in Chinese society. She will also introduce you to the Four Treasures of Chinese Calligraphy: brush, ink, inkstone and paper. After that, you will be able to get to work yourself.

Cara Yuan is a professional artist, photographer and calligraphy teacher. She grew up in China in an artists’ family, where she started Chinese calligraphy at a very young age; she exhibited in China and Japan before her 20th birthday. Cara’s work as an artist (Chinese water-based ink techniques, abstract painting and photography) is characterized by a mix of Eastern and Western influences.

Workshop is open to the general public as well. Register for the workshop on:
16 July, 13.00 – 15.00   |    19 July, 11.00 – 13.00