Roots goes digital
25 - 28 june 2020
Amsterdam Roots presents for the first time in almost 40 years an entirely digital festival program.
The Covid-19 pandemic prevents the festival season from taking place this summer as we are used to. Amsterdam Roots has also had to postpone most of the program to next year or even have to cancel it. But the blood flows where it cannot go and we have put together a new program in recent months. Of course it was not possible to transform the entire program that was planned in the Oosterpark, Bimhuis, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Tapastheater and the other venues into online programs, but we have made a nice selection that represents the core of Amsterdam Roots Festival well. The festival program ranges from inspiring talks and performances, live music, zoom circus workshop, narrative performances, to a theatrical urban dance battle performance.
In the online edition of Amsterdam Roots Festival 2020 we pay special attention to 'Third Culture Kids': people who grew up between two cultures. With performances, music, stories, theater, poetry and conversations, we look for new definitions of roots and identity.
Thursday evening, June 25, we open the festival live from the Compagnietheater. We will discuss with different makers and thinkers how living in different cultures has influenced their artistic and personal development. On Saturday, June 27, three storytellers talk about their personal research into growing up within different cultures. Furthermore, Conjunto Papa Upa gives an online concert from Bimhuis, we talk to the makers of Sites of Memory about the new performance (and they will already show some special fragments) and the urban dancers of Native Moons take us in an overwhelming freestyle performance from the brand new Amsterdam club Lovelee.
All program components are streamed via the website of Amsterdam Roots Festival and Facebook live. Watch and participate each programme via the links below.
Amsterdam Roots is very grateful for the support and courtesy of Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Performing Arts Fund NL, ZOZ Fund en VSB Fund. Thanks to them we survive this difficult time and develop an alternative program.