Amsterdam Roots festival is entering a new phase this year. On Sunday 25 June we will go back to the roots of Roots with a comprehensive context programme at Roots Open Air. The Roots & Context programme will offer eight hours of discussion, storytelling, interviews and workshops which will involve the public in discovering the meaning of diversity in this day and age.

The first half of the day, Roots & Talks, focuses on the ideals that once informed the inception of the festival: a cheerful celebration of so-called non-western, exotic music. By now, these concepts have become problematic and old-fashioned, due to the globalized, borderless, but at the same time polarized world in which we live. The principals of Roots – respect for other cultures and inclusivity – will be examined through a socratic discussion, a panel discussion and an interactive workshop.

During the second half of the day, Roots & Stories, we make way for the many fascinating historic, political and personal stories that may be found within music. Live radio with Roots artists, storytelling and poetry slam reflect upon the way in which people and societies can change. The day is ended with a contemporary Kecak workshop, a discharge of energy and humour.

13:30 – 14:45 Socratic Routes to Roots: Super diversity
In this socratic workshop we join to analyze assumptions about diversity and multiculturalism which are often taken for granted. Submit your thinking and your world image to a ‘philosophical cleansing’.
Language: Dutch, age 18+

With Eef Cornelissen (Democratische Dialogen, Erasmus Hogeschool, Brussels)

15:00 – 16:15 Panel discussion: Decolonize World Music
Which assumptions about the ‘exotic other’ are exposed in the way we frame and consume music? And how does the music industry deal with cultural differences, its tendency to exotize, and the pressures of a (western) market?

With Sunny Bergman (moderator), Barbara Titus (University of Amsterdam), Tarim Ndama Flach (University of Color), Shishani Vranckx (Shishani & the Namibian Tales) and Bamba al Mansour (Blackstereo records). Language: Engels.

16:30 – 17:45 – The Colour Test: Check Your (White) Privilege!
This workshop is an interactive game visualizing the way we deal with our different colours, cultures and opinions. Participants are invited to ‘show their true colours’: will you allow your knowledge and assumptions about diversity to be tried and discussed? Language: Dutch, age 18+

The workshop is led by Lida van den Broek (Katharos).


Free Entrance

13:30 – 17:45