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A virtual city walk through Indonesia

A unique app that connects the city of Leiden with similar spots on the other side of the world, in Indonesia. This is what the Leiden tour app 'Envisioning Indonesia' offers. Leiden alderman Paul Dirkse will launch the app on 19 June with the first public walking tour. Join and see Leiden from a different perspective!

A walk with the Envision Indonesia app is a multimedia experience. As you walk around Leiden you can activate short videos on your smartphone that give you images from a different world. The app offers two different routes. The first takes you past a number of recognisable spots in Leiden. At the Lakenhal Museum, for example, moving images link the history of clothmaking  in the city to a textile factory in Delanggu on Java, and connect the Leiden Burcht to Fort Orange on the Moluccan island of Ternate. The second route looks at more everyday images; as you walk through Leiden's shopping streets, the app shows you the Indonesian version of a student house, a kos, and the oldest market in Jakarta.

All the videos have come from ‘Recording the Future’, an audiovisual project organised by KITLV (the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies) that records daily life in Indonesia in moving images. The app will be launched officially on 19 June by alderman Paul Dirkse (Education, Sport and Sustainability). Dirkse will view the first video in the app and then follow part of the walking route together with Indonesian researchers and representatives of KITLV and Leiden University. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join the walk.  The launch and the walk will start at 15.30 hrs on the square in front of Leiden's Central Station, under the poster of Envisioning Indonesia. The route will end at the Asian Library, where you can exchange views on the app over a drink.

The Envisioning Indonesia app can be downloaded free for iOS and Android. The two routes are 4 km and 6 km.