Amsterdam Roots Festival 2017

Festivals / Amsterdam
June 19-25

Oosterpark & venues throughout the city centre
€: Free (Open Air), Various (Indoor)

The world music and multicultural Amsterdam Roots Festival will be holding its 35th edition in Oosterpark and other venues throughout Amsterdam!

What is Amsterdam Roots?

The Amsterdam Roots Festival is one steeped in history.

Beginning in 1983 as the Africa Roots Festival, the organisers introduced major names in the African music scene to Dutch audiences.

Evolving into the Amsterdam Roots Meeting in 1987, the festival developed into a trip around the world through music, expanding genres and the diversity of regions where the artists came from.

With the growth of the genre "world music", the Amsterdam Roots Festival is one that prides itself on diversity, not only in music, but also in festive dancing, foods and visitors.

Context programme

With the special Context Programme, this year’s Amsterdam Roots will be offering discussions, stories, documentaries, interviews and workshops on cultural diversity.

Where do we currently stand in this topic, and how do art and culture contribute to mutual understanding?

Roots Indoor and Outdoor

The festival is now divided into two sections: Roots Indoor and Roots Outdoor. Roots Indoor is a lead-up series of lectures and performances from artists around the world at prestigious venues throughout the Dutch capital.

YouTube video by Amsterdam Roots Festival

Alsarah&Nubatones, by Carlos Ramirez

La Mambanegra, by Olivier Hoffschir

Roots Outdoor is a free, one-day festival, that offers three different stages with music from around the globe.

Amsterdam Roots Indoor Artists 2017

From June 19-24, an eclectic mix of artists will be playing at venues around Amsterdam.
Nahawa Doumbia - Paradiso Noord
Kel Assouf - Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ
Bachar Mal-Kalife - Bimhuis

There will also be various other activities, such as World Refugee Day and Sites of Memory Oost, a theatrical boat tour about hidden stories from Amsterdam’s colonial history.

Amsterdam Roots Open Air highlights 2017

The free Amsterdam Roots Open Air will see performers such as:
La Mambanegra
Orchestre PolyRythmo De Cotonou
Altin Gün
Alsarah & The Nubatones
Newen Afrobeat
Ogoya Nengo and the Dodo Women’s Group
Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna

Other highlights include circus performances, and workshops on diversity and dance.

Roots Bazaar

A special highlight of Roots Open Air is the Bazaar, a huge fair with interesting wares from all over the world.

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