The Night of Arts and Science is a festival in the historic centre of the city of Leiden. On September 16th 2017 visitors can enjoy troughout the city centre, music, interactive experiments, theatrical plays, lectures, modern dance, comedy and much, much more. This year we celebrate the fifth edition of our festival.

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Most programmes are in Dutch. However, there are plenty of English speaking programs, so no reason to stay at home! If you come across an English description in this guide, that specific part of the programme will be held in English. Also, most researchers performing the experiments are able to speak English and are very happy to provide you with an explanation of their work in English. Feel free to approach them in English.

When and where is the Night of Arts & Sciences?

The event is on Saturday September 16th 2017 from 7 pm to 1 am at the following locations:  Hortus botanicus Leiden, Academiegebouw, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Oude Sterrewacht, de sociëteit van LVVS Augustinus and SieboldHuis. All of the locations are located at the Rapenburg.

What is the price of a ticket?

Early bird tickets are EUR 15,-. Regular tickets are EUR 17,50. If you can show that you are a student, you can buy a ticket for EUR 15,-. Please bring your student card to the festival. Regular tickets at the door are EUR 20,-

Does my e-ticket count as my admission ticket?

No, your e-ticket does not count as your admission ticket. You have to exchange your e-ticket for a wristband during the festival which allows you to enter all of the locations.

Is it possible to buy tickets at the door?

Of course. There are ticket booths at the festival area.

Does my wristband allow me to enter all of the locations?

Yes it does. Please make sure to be on time if you really don’t want to miss a certain speaker or act. Most of the locations have a maximum capacity.

Is it possible to buy drinks or food?


Certainly, bars and foodtrucks will provide you with drinks and food. You can pay with tokens which can only be paid with your PIN-card.

Is the festival suited for children?

The festival does not focus on children, but loads of the acts are very suitable for kids.

What is the best way to reach the festival?

The easiest way is to come by public transport or bike. Leiden Centraal train station is 10 min. away by foot.

I don't speak Dutch, is that a problem?

If you don't speak Dutch it's absolutely no problem! Some lectures even are in English, especially for international visitors. Also, loads of scientists and speakers are happy to provide you with an English explanation of their work, so do not hesitate to ask them. So yes, we would love to welcome you to the event, even if you don't speak Dutch!