GENEALOGY MEETS STORYTELLING

Where are you from? This is the all-time question, cultures and the source of many stories, art and even music. To bring the rich, super-diverse roots of the Netherlands into the picture, Amsterdam Roots festival is launching a brand-new program this year: “Rootszoekers”. Are you mysterious in your family history and you want to unravel? Do you want to learn how to tell this story in a fascinating way? Be informed and inspired by “Rootszoekers”, a platform on the cutting edge of intercultural genealogical research and interdisciplinary storytelling. The Center for Family History and the best storytellers in the Netherlands will gladly give you all kinds of tools and tips to be able to go on a quest yourself!

The theme of 2018: Strong Women
In this globalized world, identity is a colorful mix of influences from around the world. Our roots often spread over several countries and even continents. Unraveling our origins helps us to better understand who we are and how we view the world. The search yields special stories that are recognizable and give new insights, in others and in ourselves. It is important to share these stories with others! You do not have to be an artist or professional, because everyone has a history.

Each year “Rootszoekers” is devoted to a transcultural theme. This year we focus on Strong Women, our colorful, courageous female ancestors who have given our (family) history a decisive turn. In this time of #metoo and a renewed interest in feminism, we focus the spotlight on special women who have been in the shadows too long.

MO 2 JULY: ROOTSZOEKERS @ Pakhuis de Zwijger
GENEALOGY MEETS STORYTELLING
In collaboration with Pakhuis de Zwijger, the first edition of this Roots production will be launched on the basis of an extensive public program. An evening full of inspiring stories and performances by, among others, Pravini Bamboeram, Emma Lesuis and Noam Vazana. The focus is on the “Rootszoekers” debate with, among others, psychiatrist and writer Glenn Helberg, historian Mark Ponte and activist Marcia Engel. Presentation by Nicole Terborg
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SUN 8 JULY: ROOTS ACADEMY @ Oosterpark
LECTURES, WORKSHOPS AND INTERACTIVE THEATER ON THE CROSSROADS OF GENEALOGY AND STORYTELLING
Listen and learn during the “Rootszoekers” (Roots seekers) Academy to find your way in the wonderful world of (multicultural) family tree research. Be prepared for a theatrical intervention with exciting post-discussions and lots of food for thought.

WORKSHOP DNA- and family tree research | 13:30 – 14:15 
DNA & GENEALOGY RESEARCH WORKSHOP
The CBG Center of Family History shows how you can find your way online and offline in historical sources and research results. What are the chances, but also the pitfalls of a DNA Ancestry test in this study?

ASIAN PERSUASION by DON’T HIT MAMA | 14:30 – 15:45
DANCE INQUIRY INTO AN ASIAN FAMILY HISTORY 
Asian Persuasion is a dance performance about family luggage from an Asian colonial past, in which music, dance, photography and text come together in a theatrical laboratory. On this occasion Don’t Hit Mama presents an adaptation for this occasion, with an interactive discussion.

WORKSHOP Biographical Writing | 16:00 – 16:45
WORKSHOP GENEALOGY STORY WRITING 

Tracing genealogy is one thing, but translating the result into an attractive story is something very different. Learn the basics and improve your skills in this workshop of the CBG Center for Family History.

DIPSAUS PODCAST | 18:00 – 20:30
LIVE RADIO PODCAST HOSTED BY DIPSAUS
Listen to live radio, made by the best radio producers of the moment. DIPSAUS is the bi-weekly podcast by and for women of color and everyone who is interested in a different sound. Be surprised for two hours by interviews with artists, intimate acoustic sessions and Spoken Word. Just like last year, the musicians will talk about their own roots and how they have influenced their music. They will also play unplugged songs that have marked their artistic and personal development.

POETRY CIRCLES PERFORMANCES | 17:00 – 17:30
DUTCH SPOKEN WORD ABOUT URBAN LIFE

Young artists from Poetry Circles from all over the Netherlands tell their stories about daily life in the city and critically assess current events

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