It is World Refugee Day and Amsterdam Roots Festival commemorates the situation of millions of people who have fled their country. Together with Musicians without Borders, Pakhuis de Zwijger and you, we explore the changing perspectives on refugees. How can we positively change the perspectives on refugees in the Netherlands? What kind of role can the media, arts, music and grassroots movements play? Expect an event full of music, inspiring speakers, interesting discussions and art.
With amongst others
- The Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh, who until recently was still giving dance classes in Aleppo, will start off with a moving choreography.
- Spoken Word artists N*igga and da Terrorist will perform with an intriguing story.
- The young musicians Ghaeth Almaghoot and Nawras Altaki will perform together with Oene van Geel.
- During the presentation of the boardgame ‘No Man’s Land’, the audience will be confronted with the absurd reality of the immigration industry.
- On File and De Coöperatie present RFG Magazine, an online platform where journalists with a refugee background can post their stories.
- In an interview with Samer Al-Kadri, initiator of the Pages Book Store, we will explore how his bookshop found a place in Amsterdam.
- Musicians without Borders’ director Laura Hassler will launch |”Art.27 – Arts for Social Inclusion” a movement promoting a radical, pro-active stance in the arts on social inclusion and human rights.
- All performances and interviews will be interchanged with panel discussions on the topics of media and arts. How can we positively change the perspectives on refugees in the Netherlands? What kind of role can the media, arts, grassroots movements and music have?
Join us for an iftar meal after the program!
Hundred thousand Dutch Muslims are participating in the Ramadan this year. Before sunrise, a meal is often eaten, but during the day there is a strict fasting. Directly after sunset, the iftar is the daily meal in which you interrupt the fasting. On the 20th of June, the sun sets at 22.09 hrs, this will be the moment on which our cafe tables will be filled with plates of sweets and food. Join us and make a reservation here.
Pages Bookstore Cafe Amsterdam
On the 12th of June the first Arabic bookstore in Amsterdam will open its doors. A concept coming from the succesfull Pages Bookstore in Istanbul. In Istanbul this place creates a space for young Syrians curious about the world, who want to escape the isolation of refugee life, and, for a fleeting moment, pretend they are back in their homeland. The man behind the concept is Samer Al-Kadri and our guest during World Refugee Day.