Amsterdam Roots Festival
Amsterdam Roots, the annual multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary festival, is back in Amsterdam, bringing with it a globally renowned roster of performers. Close to 60.000 visitors usually gather in various locations in Amsterdam to enjoy one of the country’s most important non-western music events. This year will be different due to coronavirus, but still spectacular all the same!
Diverse musical styles
Amsterdam Roots is all about the folk, roots and traditional music of many civilisations and cultures, including fado, zouk dance, hip hop, Latin-jazz, rumba and flamenco. There will also be a bazaar, selling, food, drinks and some other items!
The festival began back in 1983 as the Africa Roots Festival when “world music” was not yet a commonly-used term. This celebration of African music led to many of its performers becoming household names in Europe. From this, the Amsterdam Roots Festival evolved, with the addition of music from other continents and cultures.
Amsterdam Roots Festival line-up 2021
The confirmed acts that will be taking to the stage include:
- Arp Frique & Family
- El Khat
- San Salvador
- Nawras Altaky & Dyar
- Webbing Dress - a humourous circus act for kids
Get ready for Amsterdam Roots Festival
Browse the Amsterdam Roots Festival website and the Amsterdam Roots Facebook page so you can keep an eye on performances and how to watch them!
Photo: © JM Alkmim, courtesy of Amsterdam Roots Festival
Thumb photo: © Undine Stevens, courtesy of Amsterdam Roots