As much as I'm looking forward to it, I'm sad to see that Roots has fallen victim to funding cuts. The historically week-long program has been shaved down to just the one-day Roots Open Air event. The line-up of world music and dance performed in the open air still promises to please with an all-day ethnic celebration...and it's still FREE! Join the 50,000 fans who flock to find -- and support -- Roots in Amsterdam every year.
Amsterdam Roots Festival
- When: Sunday, June 21, 12 noon - 9:30 p.m.
- What: An all day celebration of world music, food and culture.
- Where: Oosterpark
- Why: IT'S FREE! Two main stages feature several non-western DJs and musical groups; other highlights include the Dancecourt, the "Kids@Roots" program and the park-wide Wereldmarkt ("World Market").
Pictured: Performance by Konga Vibes at the 2007 Roots Open Air (above); the free, outdoor portion of the Amsterdam Roots Festival draws more than 50,000 visitors to Oosterpark
Photos © Amsterdam Roots Festival