The Cultural Festival was founded in 2007 by students, as an initiative to bring international students and Dutch students together. It has won the Van Bergen Fund in 2007 as best initiative and has grown bigger ever since. Each year, the event attracts hundreds of participants, both students and people from the local community. The Festival gives international students the opportunity to showcase their culture by food, dance, language and more. Visitors can ‘travel’ around the world by entering the venue, where all country teams will have a booth. This year the event will take place on May 13th at cultural venue Scheltema (Marktsteeg 1, Leiden).